Oct 12, 2011

Syrian Revolt Worries Israel

David DolanBy David Dolan

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Israeli officials are keeping a close eye on the ongoing popular Sunni Muslim revolt against the Syrian Assad family regime that has been in power since 1970. The current dictator, Bashar Assad, was named President of the Arab country in the year 2000 following of the death of his father, Hafez Assad. He was best known for ordering the 1982 massacre of nearly 20,000 of his citizens in the city of Hama. Known as an Islamic fundamentalist stronghold, that same city has been the scene of some of the worst clashes between government forces and civilian protestors during this year’s bloody revolt, which has left around 3,000 people dead.

Israeli officials are worried that growing defections by many of Assad’s police and army personnel may spur the dictator to order a diversionary military attack upon the enemy Jewish state. Some believe this may come in the form of a Lebanese Hezbollah rocket assault upon Israel, since the Shiite group has received substantial support from Assad, and therefore wants to see him remain in power, as does Hezbollah’s other main patron, Iran.

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