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."
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