Israel Sees Sectarian Partition of Syria Inevitable and Preferable

Former Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Israel expressed doubts on Sunday that the agreement reached in Munich to halt hostilities in Syria would succeed, suggesting a sectarian partition of the country was inevitable and perhaps preferable, reported.

While formally neutral on the five-year conflict in Syria, Israel has some sway among the world powers that have mounted armed interventions and which on Friday agreed on a “cessation of hostilities” to begin within a week.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who took part in the Munich conference and met with European and Arab leaders including King of Jordan Abdullah II, expressed pessimism regarding the truce’s prospects.

“Unfortunately we are going to face chronic instability for a very, very long period of time,” he said. “And part of any grand strategy is to avoid the past, saying we are going to unify Syria. We know how to make an omelette from an egg. I don’t know how to make an egg from an omelette.”

Ya’alon also predicted that Syria will turn into “enclaves” under the de-facto control of religious and ethnic sects.

Ram Ben-Barak, director-general of Israel’s Intelligence Ministry, described partition as “the only possible solution”.

“I think that ultimately Syria should be turned into regions, under the control of whoever is there,” he told Israel’s Army Radio, arguing that Assad’s minority Alawite sect had no way to heal its divisions with the Sunni Muslim majority.

“I can’t see how a situation can be reached where those same 12 percent Alawites go back to ruling the Sunnis, of whom they killed half a million people there. Listen, that’s crazy.”


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  1. It is no surprise Israel wants to keep Syria divided. The purpose of dividing it was to nullify the Syrian threat which is why Israel urged the Iraqi war… divide it and nullify its threat. They6 tried to do the same in Lebanon but Hezbollah and its birth made Israel’s position worse. Israel wants division in all its neighbours so it can rule supreme and take land as and when it likes. It is not rocket science. It wanted the World to invade Iran….which is a very potent power equal to Israel and Israel knows it needs it gone to rule the Middle East nor did Israel count on Russia entering the Middle East. Israel is scratching to get traction and will undermine all its neighbours.

  2. It has been Israel’s plan to divide and conquer by splitting the countries around it into small powerless regions since the 70s. That way they have greater control over those around them as they proceed with their settlement program and expansion. They kept the Palestinians apart with their early program supporting Hamas over the PLO and Fatah and have found ways now to rebalance the friction between the two since the last election. Palestinians must recognize this and work together as one.

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