Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s successful takeover of the area adjacent to the border with Israel marks a “very painful strategic failure” for the Jewish state, an Israeli expert told The Algemeiner on Tuesday.
The Assad regime — backed by Russia and Iran — launched a massive offensive in recent weeks against rebel strongholds in southwestern Syria near the Golan Heights border with Israel. In the past few days, the last pockets of resistance have been defeated and Assad’s forces have essentially declared victory.
Veteran Israeli journalist Ehud Yaari believes that this is bad news for Israel for several reasons, mainly due to its failure to exploit the opportunity to topple the Assad regime and thus deal a blow to Iran’s imperial ambitions in the region.
“Israel has suffered in my opinion a very painful strategic failure in Syria,” he said in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner, “because the government and the army were over-cautious, and didn’t take the measures necessary over the past seven years of the civil war in order to assure that Assad is removed.”