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Unrest in Syria presents Israel with potential dangers and opportunities

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/unrest_in_syria_presents_israel_with_potential_dangers_and_opportunities_20

With the turmoil rocking the Middle East now threatening the regime in Syria, Israel faces potentially grave dangers and huge opportunities. The dangers are clear: The emergence of a more radical regime in Syria could mean a stronger Iran-Syria-Hezbollah axis. Iran could get direct access to its allies in Lebanon through a Syrian regime that’s even friendlier toward Tehran. Syria's huge stockpiles of missiles and chemical weapons could fall into the wrong hands. The unrest on Israel's doorstep could spread to the West Bank and to Jordan. Syrian President Bashar Assad's more radical successors could use a conflict with Israel to build domestic legitimacy.

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