Syria

There's hope for Israel if Assad goes

By Michael Weiss, September 1, 2011

Tel Aviv's response to the Syrian uprising has vacillated between quiet non-support and nervous semi-support, a posture best captured by what one Israeli cabinet official told the Washington Post in late March: "We know Assad. We knew his father. Of course, we'd love to have a democratic Syria as our neighbour. But do I think that's going to happen? No."

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The real story today is in Syria

By Nick Cohen, August 30, 2011

Even at a time of global economic crisis, and with huge events seemingly taking place every day this month, the revolution against the Syrian Baathists ought to be at the top of any editor's news list. Let me count the ways in which the Assad crime family is worthy of our attention.

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Gaddafi is gone but will Assad be next?

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 25, 2011

The collapse of the Gaddafi regime in Libya this week is expected to have little direct effect on Israel, but it could provide inspiration for the pro-democracy forces in Syria.

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How UK should foil Hizbollah and Syria

By Benjamin Weinthal, August 11, 2011

The UK is uniquely positioned to lead the EU in severely clamping down on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's blood-soaked campaign against pro-democracy activists.

The pressing question is how, short of military strikes, the UK and Europe can dislodge the regime and end his alliance with Iran's rulers and Hizbollah, while showing solidarity with the Syrian democracy movement.

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Assad losing Arab support

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 11, 2011

Syria is rapidly losing the support of other Arab nations as its army continues to attack cities and towns where there are supporters of democracy.

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Arab Spring unleashes extremist Arab street

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, July 21, 2011

For years, Europe's liberal and progressive left derided American neoconservatives. Their advocacy for a US policy devoted to the spread of democracy in the Middle East was depicted as a ploy to change the subject in the region in order to get Israel off the hook. Hosni Mubarak, Bashar al Assad and all the other autocrats represented an order Israel and the West should reckon with.

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Israel in bind over policy towards Assad regime

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2011

Five months into the nascent Syrian revolution and Israel has yet to come up with a new policy towards its northern neighbour.

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Israeli intelligence chief warns on Iran and Arab Spring

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

The IDF intelligence chief has accused Iran of supporting attempts by groups of Palestinian protesters to breach Israel's northern border in May and June which led to bloody and fatal clashes.

Major General Aviv Kochavi, speaking during a knesset hearing, also said the Iranians were exploiting the Arab Spring in order to consolidate power in the Middle East.

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'Gay Girl in Damascus' blogger accused of second hoax

By Jennifer Lipman, June 27, 2011

A married male blogger who posed as a lesbian writing from Damascus in order to criticise Israel is alleged to have used a second false account to defend his behaviour.

Tom MacMaster made headlines around the world with his site "A Gay Girl in Damascus", which included comments about shooting Jews and Christians and used rumours "to inflame views of Israel".

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Writers urge UN Security Council for Syria resolution

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

The Israeli author Amos Oz has joined six other intellectuals including the French Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy in calling on the UN Security Council to go further in its reaction to the government crackdowns in Syria.

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