Israel takes sides

If it comes to an all-out struggle, Israel knows which side it wants to win in the Syrian war and in a Sunni-Shia war looming in the eastern Arab world.

Israel Defense Forces Photo
"Sufa" planes of the Israeli Air Force, also known as F-16I, fly in formation as they cross Israel in May 2011.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 05/08/2013 9:13 pm EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 05/08/2013 9:23 pm EDT

After making two major air strikes in and near Damascus in three days, Israel informed the Assad regime on Monday that it is not taking sides in the Syrian civil war. But of course it is.

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