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

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.