May 24, 2013 2:23 PM

Israel, in reassessment, thinks Syria’s Bashar Assad will last awhile

Israel has reversed its assessment about the staying power of Syrian President Bashar Assad and now thinks he’ll remain in control of at least part of his country for some time to come – a conclusion that makes it likely, a growing number of officials think, that an escalation of violence between the two countries may be inevitable.

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