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Israel, eying Iran, comes off Syria fence
Asia Times [Hong Kong, PRC], by Victor Kotsev

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 9/20/2013 11:43:49 AM

That Israel has chosen to publicly come out against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad just when he and his Russian and Iranian allies seemed to have scored a major victory suggests that there is a lot more to the drama than meets the eye. Whether a new grand initiative, perhaps on Iran, is in the making, or the Syrian crisis is nearing another major unexpected twist, is hard to tell, but the recent interview of the Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, in the Jerusalem Post brought up both of these possibilities. "We always wanted

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dman, 9/20/2013 1:57:05 PM     (No. 9529300)

Headline and first paragraph are a tad misleading. The rest of the article details the "fog of diplomacy" and jockeying for position in this matter. The comments on the UN report at the end of the article further increase the density of the fog.

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