Sunday, October 02, 2005

U.S. officials eye possible Assad successors in Syria

There is a difference between asking Israeli views about political succession in Syria and "eyeing" possible successors, but the distinction is lost in this piece that was spun to raise anxiety in Syria.
Haaretz - Israel News - U.S. officials eye possible Assad successors in Syria: "The sources added that senior American officials, in recent conversations with their Israeli counterparts, have expressed interest in Israel's assessments of Assad's possible successors, asking who Israel thought could replace him and still maintain Syria's stability. American officials said that their impression from these conversations was that Israel would prefer to have a weakened Assad, vulnerable to international pressure, remain in power, and is unenthusiastic about the possibility of a regime change in Syria."

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