By Nicola Nasser**
The timing of the Israeli air raid early on January 30 on a Syrian target, that has yet to be identified, coincided with a hard to refute indications that the "regime change" in Syria by force, both by foreign military intervention and by internal armed rebellion, has failed, driving the Syrian opposition in exile to opt unwillingly for "negotiations" with the ruling regime, with the blessing of the U.S., EU and Arab League, concluding, in the words of a Deutsche Welle report on this February 2, that "nearly two years since the revolt began, (Syrian President Bashar Al-) Assad is still sitting comfortably in presidential chair."
Nonetheless, Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu keeps saying that Israel is preparing for "dramatic
changes" in Syria, but senior Israeli foreign ministry officials accused him of
"fear-mongering on Syria" to justify his ordering what the Russians described
as the "unprovoked" raid, according to The Times of Israel on January 29. Another
official told the Israeli Maariv that no Israeli "red lines" were crossed with
regard to the reported chemical weapons in
More likely Israel is either trying to escalate militarily to embroil an unwilling United States in the Syrian conflict, in a too late attempt to pre-empt a political solution, out of a belief that the fall of the Al -- Assad regime will serve Israel's strategy, according to the former head of the Military Intelligence Directorate, (Major general, reserve) Amos Yaldin, or to establish for itself a seat at any international negotiating table that might be detrimental in shaping a future regime in Syria.
militarily at a time of political de-escalation of the military solution in
The Israeli military intervention at this particular timing fuels a Syrian fire that has recently started to look for firefighters among the growing number of the advocates of dialogue, negotiations and political solutions both nationally, regionally and internationally.
The escalating humanitarian crisis and the rising death
With the legitimate Syrian government gaining the upper hand militarily on the ground, the inability of the rebels to "liberate" even one city, town or enough area in the countryside to be declared a "buffer zone" or to host the self-proclaimed leadership of opposition in exile, which failed during the Paris -- hosted "Friends of Syria" meeting on January 28 to agree on a "government -- in -- exile," more likely because of this very reason, the second option of a political solution is left as the only way forward and as the only way out of the bloodshed and the snowballing humanitarian crisis.