IDF Spokesperson: Assad is still in Damascus, his fall a matter of time

Brig. Gen. Mordechai addresses developments in Syria, “IDF (Zahal) will ensure Syria’s weapons will not end up in the hands of the Hezbollah or the Islamic Jihad”

Date: 22/07/2012, 10:20 PM     Author: Jonatan Urich

IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai, addressed recent occurrences in Syria today, (Sunday, July 22). He estimated that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is about to come to an end. At an interview to a local news channel, Brig. Gen. Mordechai said, “The last few days have been extremely significant in Syria, due to the targeting of top security officials close to Assad. The military is still loyal to Assad, though many are deserting. Assad and his family members are still in Damascus.”

Brig. Gen. Mordechai added that “during recent discussions held by the IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff we considered the question whether we are at the beginning of the end or the middle of the end. The end will happen, the question is when.”

According to Brig. Gen. Mordechai, the IDF (Zahal) is operating as it has during other revolutions in the Arab world, and continues to closely track developments – in Syria as well. “Syria has strategic weapons the IDF (Zahal) is tracking, and we want to make sure these weapons do not end up in the hands of the Hezbollah terror organization or the Islamic Jihad,” he said.

Addressing occurrences in the Sinai Peninsula and the attack against a soldiers’ bus earlier today at the Israel-Egypt border, the IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson said that “authority in the Sinai region is extremely shaky and unfortunately the region has become a terror hotbed, used by terror organizations from the Gaza Strip as well as from around the world.” He added that today there are over 20 terrorist attack warnings in the region.

Over the weekend, Brig. Gen. Mordechai addressed the terror attack that took place in Burgas, Bulgaria and said, “It was made clear that the Hezbollah terror organization is looking for opportunities to harm Israelis, wherever they might be, while supported by Iran. Over the past year intelligence bodies thwarted numerous terrorist attacks and unfortunately we were not able to prevent the attack this week, though it is important that those behind the terrorist attack will know that it will not go unpunished.”