Senior Israeli official: We had an opportunity to assassinate Assad

A top Israeli official quoted in the Saudi daily Elaph revealed that the security cabinet had rejected recommendations by IDF intelligence to topple the Syrian regime by assassinating dictator Bashar al-Assad because it preferred dealing with a known enemy.

The report says that then-Director of ‎Military Intelligence Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi was in favor of toppling Assad’s ‎regime over its support of Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group.

According to the report, the “prolong conflict in ‎Syria saw Israel often hold negotiations with the ‎regime in Damascus in order to reach an agreement in ‎Syria.” ‎

Israel has targeted dozens of Iranian and Hezbollah ‎weapon depots during the 7-year civil war there. The IDF has also provided life-saving humanitarian aid while maintaining a non-intervention policy.

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According to the report, the “prolong conflict in ‎Syria saw Israel often hold negotiations with the ‎regime in Damascus in order to reach an agreement in ‎Syria.” ‎

The Israeli official was also quoted as confirming ‎that the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet “held extensive ‎discussions on the situation in Syria and decided ‎that Israel would not allow an Iranian military ‎presence there. Since then, Israel has invested ‎considerable efforts in preventing Iran and ‎Hezbollah from establishing themselves in Syria, ‎while making sure it inflicts minimal ‎damage to the Damascus regime.”‎

According to the report, the Israeli official said he ‎believes that “Assad’s regime as we know it will ‎come to an end,” adding that Israel and Russia both ‎see Iranian presence in Syria as ‎‎”highly problematic.”‎

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