Thursday, June 16, 2016

Israel’s Military Intelligence Chief: Syria As A State No Longer Exists. 'Slim' Hopes for Syrian Peace Deal

Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevy speaks at the Herzliya Conference at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya on June 15, 2016. (Adi Cohen Zedek)

Defense News: Israeli Intel Chief Has 'Slim' Hopes for Syrian Peace Deal

HERZLIYA, Israel — Likening war-wracked Syria to a “cemetery of the good, the bad and the ugly,” Israel’s military intelligence chief warned of “slim” prospects for the type of diplomatic settlement sought by members of the 17-nation International Syria Support Group.

And even if the envisioned political transition deal were to be signed, Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevy doubted whether “these distinguished people” would be able to implement such an agreement, given the deep rifts in a country “saturated by bloodshed.”

Speaking on Tuesday at the annual Herzliya Conference, Halevy said: “The chances of a reunified Syria are very slim.”

What could bring about change, he said, “is if the central players — the United States and Russia — impose their agenda in some of the places.”

According to the Israeli head of military intelligence, Syria as a state no longer exists.

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WNU Editor: At the moment .... Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevy is correct. From the same military intelligence chief .... Intelligence chief warns of growing gaps between Israel, neighbors (Times of Israel).

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