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Israel wary but hopeful as Syrians revolt focus 04/05/2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Israel wary but hopeful as Syrians revolt

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04/05/2011
JERUSALEM — After watching with trepidation as a popular revolt in Egypt swept away long-time ally Hosni Mubarak, Israel is now casting a cautious eye to the north, where unrest threatens to engulf Syria.

But while Mubarak was seen as a bulwark of the peace between Israel and its southern neighbor, it is a different story in hostile Syria, which remains officially in a state of war with the Jewish state.

There Israel could benefit from a more democratic government, officials and analysts believe, even if it is one still led by President Bashar al-Assad after he has been forced to make reforms.

The Jewish state’s best hope would be that Syria could be torn away from its alliance with Israel’s arch-foe Iran and the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110405com3.html

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