Saturday, April 28, 2012

Israeli Leaders More Outspoken on Syria

Israeli leaders are increasingly outspoken on the Syrian crisis. There is now a broad consensus that Syrians and Israelis--and the region in general--would be better off without the current Syrian regime. In fact, intelligence reportedly makes Israel's leaders more hopeful that a pro-Western Sunni government will replace Shiite Islamist Iran's secular ally, Bashar al-Assad.

Given the involvement of the clerical fascist (Islamist) Muslim Brotherhood in the Syrian uprising and the support that it has from MB-backing Turkey's supposed "moderate" Islamist government, one can only hope that the intelligence is accurate. On the one hand, Assad's alliance with Iran (and North Korea) has posed a serious threat to Israel; on the other hand, the last thing Israel needs is another Islamist neighbor on its northern border. Lebanon, which is in the grip of Iran's Shiite Islamist proxy, Hezbollah, is a big enough problem for Israel--the Hitlerian terrorist group has been allowed to amass an arsenal of tens of thousands of missiles capable of striking targets across the Jewish State.

It's hard to believe that there was a time when it was commonly believed by Israelis and their supporters and friends abroad that Lebanon--back in the days when Beirut was "the Paris of the Middle East"--would be the second Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel. Nowadays, it looks like Lebanon will be the last to sign.

Then, again, it's also hard to believe that there was a time when Iran was an ally of both the United States and Israel. But that's another story.