Monday, May 21, 2012 | Ryan Jones – israeltoday.co.il
There was early hope and speculation as the “Arab Spring” kicked off last year that the ostensibly pro-democracy uprisings would lead to better relations between Israel and its neighbors.
Israeli officials from the beginning cautioned skepticism, and the outcome of Egyptian elections have certainly justified their concerns. With a parliament and possibly a presidency controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt is more hostile toward Israel today than any time since the death of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the nation’s second president who launched two wars against the Jewish state.
Syria is now following a similar path, with leading rebel officials making clear that should they seize control of the country, Israel will continue to be regarded as Syria’s number one enemy.
Israel is “the main enemy of the Syrian revolution,” Syrian opposition leader Burhan Ghalioun told Saudi newspaperal-Youm at the weekend.
Syria’s revolution has seen thousands killed as the regime of dictator Bashar Assad brutally clings to power. But the West’s blind backing of the opposition forces has come under recent criticism. A number of Christian sources reported that the Sunni Muslim-dominated Syrian opposition has massacred and exiled huge numbers of Christians in the towns it controls.
Israel Today also previously wrote that most Syrian minority communities actually prefer Assad to a Sunni takeover.