South Syria -- A Dangerous Flash Point
Huffington Post - 10 months
South Syria, a region bordering with Jordan and Israel, was the quietest of all Israel’s borders from 1974 until the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011. This was in line with the Alawite-oriented regional policy which characterized Syria of the two Assads. Rousing rhetoric about Israel, but not anything which could trigger a full-scale war with Israel, which could ruin the Syrian army and with it, the Alawite community. At the same time, the regime meddled in Lebanon, exactly because it understood the situation there to be an immediate possible challenge to the Alawites in Syria. So far so good, but the Achilles heel of the concept from an Israeli perspective was, that precisely because of the inherent illegitimacy of the minoritarian regime in Syria, it had to rely on Iran as a rainy day final backer, and was afraid to accept the most generous Israeli territorial concessions in the Golan, in order to achieve final peace between the two countries. In fact, the events of 2011 o...
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