Tehran’s vision of Syria as the ideal place to set up militarily alongside Israel cannot go unchecked. Israel will be spinning its wheels if it tries to thwart Iran’s plans on its own. It needs to team up with Washington. So far, though, that kind of collaboration has been missing in action. “If you are committed to countering Iran in the region, then you must do so in Syria,” Chagai Tzuriel, director general of the Israeli Ministry of Intelligence, told The New York Times this week.
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