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Israeli role in Syrian conflict brought into the open

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By Nicola Nasser*

Overtly, the Israeli superpower of the Middle East has been keen to posture as having no role whatsoever in the four-year old devastating conflict in Syria, where all major regional and international powers are politically and militarily deeply involved and settling scores by Syrian blood.

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In his geopolitical weekly analysis, entitled "The Islamic State Reshapes the Middle East," on November 25 Stratfor's George Friedman raised eyebrows when he reviewed the effects which the terrorist group had on all regional powers, but seemed unaware of the existence of the Israeli regional superpower.

It was an instructive omission that says a lot about the no more discreet role Israel is playing to maintain what the Israeli commentator Amos Harel described as the "stable instability" in Syria and the region, from the Israeli perspective of course.

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Friedman in fact was reflecting a similar official omission by the US administration. When President Barak Obama appealed for a "broad international coalition" to fight the Islamic State (IS), Israel -- the strongest military power in the region and the well - positioned logistically to fight it -- was not asked to join. The Obama administration explained later that Israel's contribution would reflect negatively on the Arab partners in the coalition.

"Highlighting Israel's contributions could be problematic in terms of complicating efforts to enlist Muslim allies" in the coalition, said Michael Eisenstadt, a senior fellow at AIPAC's arm, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Covertly however Israel is a key player in prolonging the depleting war on Syria and the major beneficiary of neutralizing the military of the only immediate Arab neighbor that has so far eluded yielding to the terms dictated by the U.S. - backed Israeli regional force majeure for making peace with the Hebrew state.

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Several recent developments however have brought the Israeli role into the open.

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*Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist in Kuwait, Jordan, UAE and Palestine. He is based in Ramallah, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

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