The Observer - - Focus -

Iran’s gain in Syria is Is­rael’s loss. Tel Aviv is deter­mined to dis­rupt Ira­nian lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, con­trol and sup­ply to Hezbol­lah and keep Ira­nian-run mili­tias away from the line of sep­a­ra­tion at the Golan Heights. It prefers the US and Rus­sia to re­strain the Ira­ni­ans, but if nec­es­sary Is­rael is likely to plunge into south­ern Syria to con­front the Ira­ni­ans and cre­ate a buf­fer zone. It will want to draw in the US on its side in a wider role than counter-pro­lif­er­a­tion and counter-ter­ror­ism.

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