Assad Out Within Weeks

That’s according to Ehud Barak, Israel’s Minister of Defense. That’s a pretty credible source, so maybe we should start thinking more about what happens AFTER Assad goes down.

The problem is that no one really knows what will happen when the Assad regime bites the dust. Iran will certainly be hurt by this. Some even say that it will be big trouble for Ahmadinejad and Khamenei. Turkey will certainly increase its influence in the region, since that country has been a vital supporter of the Syrian rebels.

Will it be good for Israel?

Very good question.

That really depends on who eventually takes power in Syria. Syria has been an important conduit of support for Hezbollah in Lebanon. Without Syrian support Hezbollah would be severely damaged, and that’s a very good thing for both Israel AND Lebanon. On the other hand, something worse than the current regime could take power.

Whatever happens, 2012 looks to become a very, very interesting year.

Barak: Assad will be toppled within weeks

By Lahav Harkov
01/02/2012 16:41

Defense minister says increased international pressure is unlikely to stop Iran’s nuclear program.

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime will be toppled within weeks, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

Barak said a deepening lack of unity and an increasing amount of defectors from the Syrian Army will lead to Assad’s downfall.

He also explained that it is difficult to predict what will happen after Assad falls from power, but the expected anarchy that will follow may affect the security of the Golan Heights.

According to Barak, Iran is uncomfortable with the upheaval in the Middle East, and is sending aid to Syria and Assad’s family, in an attempt to protect its strategic ties with Damascus.

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