by Gabriel Siboni
The latest appeal by Syrian President Bashar Assad to renew negotiations with
The eager response by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who expressed their willingness to enter negotiations without preconditions as soon as possible, amply demonstrates how Assad is getting to eat the cake and have it too.
Assad has several personal achievements of this kind to his credit: Syrian involvement in the assassination of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri is well-known;
Terrorist organizations over the years have found
Some say that pulling
Israeli decision-makers need to fundamentally review Israel's real interest in regard to Syria, while neutralizing the kind of strategic discourse that was relevant 30 years ago but is now hopelessly outdated.
The enemy, having realized it cannot conquer
A true peace agreement with
Assad, whose supreme interest is preserving the Alawi reign, has a lot to lose.
The first among them should be separation from the radical axis and from radical ideology.
Gabriel Siboni chairs the military research program at the Institute for National Security Studies.
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