The rebellion in Syria has now lasted more than a year.
The opposition is not going away, nor is the regime going to accept a diplomatic solution from the outside.
Speaking on CNN's Amanpour show last week, Defense Minister Ehud Barak argued that "the toppling down of Assad will be a major blow to the radical axis, major blow to Iran....
It's the only kind of outpost of the Iranian influence in the Arab world..it will weaken dramatically both Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza." Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel's security, it would also ease Israel's understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly.
The best way to help Israel deal with Iran's growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.
Negotiations to limit Iran's nuclear program will not solve Israel's security dilemma.
What Israeli military leaders really worry about -- but cannot talk about -- is losing their nuclear monopoly.
An Iranian nuclear weapons capability would not only end that nuclear monopoly but could also prompt other adversaries, like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to go nuclear as well.
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All these strategic benefits and the prospect of saving thousands of civilians from murder at the hands of the Assad regime (10,000 have already been killed in this first year of civil war).
With the veil of fear lifted from the Syrian people, they seem determine to fight for their freedom.
The end of the Assad regime would end this dangerous alliance.
Israel's leadership understands well why defeating Assad is now in its interests.
And a new Syrian regime might well be open to early action on the frozen peace talks with Israel.