Recording on the sidelines of the 2017 Saban Forum, Itamar Rabinovich, distinguished fellow at Brookings, and Haaretz’s Amos Harel discuss the state of the civil war in Syria, Iran’s growing presence and what that means for Israel, and the changing relationship between the Assad regime and Russia.
- The Syrian crisis: A reckoning and a roadmap
- Rules for reconstruction in Syria
- With Syria strikes, Israel shows it’s willing to risk a new front with Iran
- Message in a rocket: Alleged Israeli strike in Syria is a signal to Iran and Russia
- No easy way out of reconstructing Raqqa
With thanks to audio producer Gaston Reboredo, engineer Pamela Berman, Anna Newby, Fred Dews, and Chris McKenna for additional support.
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Israel and Iran were on a collision course even without the JCPOA following apart. Now that Iran is rebuilding its nuclear infrastructure, it's difficult to see how conflict can be avoided—Israel has made it clear that a nuclear Iran is not an option, and Iran is all but daring Israel to stop it.
This back and forth — an Iranian attack on Israeli posts on the Golan and a widespread Israeli response against numerous Iranian targets in Syria — was not a one-off flare-up or a case of hot heads prevailing. This is part of a structural conflict unfolding between Israel and Iran in Syria.
For all of us who care about preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb, what’s the best way to keep preventing that? [The JCPOA is] not perfect, but it’s something. These conventions are never based on the premise that all the parties are telling the truth, it’s about enforcement mechanisms. No arms control agreement is based in trust.