Israel predicts Assad back in charge, Syrian front likely to be quieter

Situation in Syria is returning to how it was before the civil war, says Israel's defense minister


Reuters August 02, 2018
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman visits Gaza's Kerem Shalom crossing, the strip's main commercial border terminal, July 22, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM,: Israel’s defense minister described Syria’s return to its pre-civil war situation as a given on Thursday, and predicted that the Golan Heights frontier would be quieter with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s central rule restored.

“From our perspective, the situation is returning to how it was before the civil war, meaning there is a real address, someone responsible, and central rule,” Avigdor Lieberman told reporters. Asked whether Israelis should be less wary of potential Golan flare-ups, Lieberman said: “I believe so.”

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