IDF: Assad may create tension at border to divert attention

Israel keeping close eye on Syria, senior IDF officers say, and are concerned with Islamists usurping Assad's power.

March 23, 2011 08:10
1 minute read.
President Shimon Peres with soldiers in the North

President Shimon Peres, soldiers in North 311. (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Israel is increasingly concerned with the ongoing demonstrations in Syria and the possibility that Damascus or Hezbollah will try and provoke Israel along the northern border in an attempt to deflect attention from domestic trouble.

Israel, senior IDF officers said on Tuesday, was keeping a close eye on the situation in Syria and was concerned with the possibility that President Bashar Assad’s regime would be toppled and replaced by radical Islamists.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Syrian forces kill 4 in mosque attack

One senior officer said that unlike Egypt, where the Higher Military Council took over for toppled President Hosni Mubarak, in Syria there is no clear successor, which could lead to division within the country and potential anarchy.

On Tuesday, President Shimon Peres toured the border with Lebanon together with Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and spoke in support of the demonstrators in Syria.

“Syria is a poor country with a low quality of life,” Peres told soldiers at a base along the Lebanese border. “Democracy needs to be allowed into a country the moment the young generation opens its eyes. The young people have questions about why they are living in poverty. A family that cannot provide food for itself is tragic.”

Peres raised similar hopes for democracy in Iran, which he said was providing $1 billion annually in military aid to Hezbollah.

“Iran has poverty and unemployment but is not using its money for its own people,” he said.

Related Content

idf hebron
August 22, 2014
Palestinians throw Molotov cocktail at IDF checkpoint in Hebron