In a rare example of admitting the current reality on the ground in Syria, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that his country does not rule out re-establishing some ties with the “Assad regime” in the future.
Lieberman made his new remarks during a visit to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on July 10.
“I reckon we are a long way from that, but we are not ruling out anything,” Lieberman said when asked whether Syria and Israel will be able to establish “some kind of relationship.”
“For our part, we will sanctify the 1974 disengagement agreement and there too we will insist that every last letter be abided by, and any violation will meet a harsh response from the State of Israel.”
Returning to a common Israeli rhetorics, Liberman once again warned against “the Iranian presence in Syria” claiming that Israel would respond “with force” against forces of its regional competitor in the war-torn country.
As an active phase of the Syrian conflict is coming to its end, Israel is forced to make steps to admit the reality. Tel Aviv’s actions in support of radical militants in Syria have not led to a collapse of the Syrian government, but have triggered an expansion of the Iranian influence – ties between Damascus and Teheran strengthened drammatically during the conflict.