Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom claimed that Israel does not yet know the full circumstances leading to Syrian Interior Minister Brig.-Gen. Ghazi Kenaan's death, but noted that there were murder cases in the past that had been presented as suicide.
Shalom suggested that Kenaan's death should be understood in the context of the tremendous pressure that was being applied to Syrian President Bashar Assad by the international community. Shalom stated in an interview to Israel Radio Friday morning, that by supporting terror, Assad managed to unite the whole world against him.
Official sources in Jerusalem doubted that Ghazi Kenaan would commit suicide voluntarily, and he may not have had any other choice. They said that it was a reasonable assumption that this was an attempt to prevent him from revealing incriminating information against Assad.