Syrian dilemma

The war between rival forces hostile to Israel leaves Jerusalem facing difficult choices over which alliances it should seek.

By MOSHE MAOZ
July 8, 2015 17:59
The war in Syria

The war in Syria. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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FOR SOME time now two major Muslim forces have been fighting for control over the Fertile Crescent. On the one hand, the radical Sunni ISIS wants to set up an Islamic Caliphate in Iraq, Syria and beyond; on the other, Shi’ite Iran aims to establish a “Shi’ite Crescent” in much the same space that would include a Shi’ite regime in Baghdad, a pseudo-Shi’ite Alawite regime in Damascus and the Shi’ite militia Hezbollah ever more prominent in Lebanon.

These two rival forces are both hostile toward Israel and strongly supportive of the Palestinians.

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