June 1, 2013

YOU ARE WHAT YOU ALLY WITH:

Israel and Syria, an unstable relationship (PAUL ROGERS, 30 May 2013, Open Democracy)

Israel's long search for impregnable security in the region has in its own view been aided by the stability of neighbouring autocracies. [...]

True, uncertainty in Lebanon (and to a degree over Gaza) remained an exception to the pattern, with Syria's support for Hizbollah a continuing irritation and Israel's failures against that movement in the conflict of 2006 a source of real concern. At the same time, the Assad regime's acceptance of the status quo over the strategically vital Golan heights was a reassurance, and overall - southern Lebanon and Gaza excepted - Israel's immediate position was secure.

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