Barak: 'The end of Assad's rule in Syria is likely near'

By OREN KESSLER
August 1, 2011 17:25

 
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday said the end of Syrian President Bashar Assad's rule is likely near, Army Radio reported.

"He can hold out a few more weeks, just on inertia," he was quoted as telling members of his Atzmaut Knesset faction, "but I don't think he'll be able to last for long."

Barak added, however, that Assad's ouster would not necessarily be a positive development for Israel. "None of us knows who might replace him, but we're monitoring all the implications of what's happening there," he said.

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