JERUSALEM – Israel´s defense minister says the Syrian president has
lost his legitimacy, and his fall would be "very positive."
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says the exit of Syrian President
Bashar Assad would weaken Iranian influence in the region. He says
anti-Israel Iranian proxies in Lebanon and Gaza would suffer if Assad
"The toppling of Assad will be ... a major blow to Iran," Barak told
CNN. "It will be very positive event."
Israel considers Iran its most serious threat. Iran and Syria are
Barak said Thursday the world is not doing enough to force Assad out.