Posted by: sean | March 21, 2007

Did Chirac ask Israel to depose Assad?

According to Stratfor and the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s Army Radio reported that Chirac urged Israel to expand its war against Lebanon this summer to include an attack on Syria to overthrow Assad:

Israel’s Army Radio claimed March 18 that French President Jacques Chirac pledged support for an Israeli assault on Syria during the outbreak of the Israeli-Lebanon conflict in 2006. Chirac allegedly suggested that Israel overthrow Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime and viewed Syria as responsible for giving orders to Hezbollah to attack and for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, a friend of Chirac. The report claims that France backed off of its calls for aggression against Syria after the government deemed its stance might lead to Syrian attacks on French troops.

I haven’t been able to find anything about this in Libération or Le Monde. So far, I’ve been able to come up with stuff on Naharnet and Al Jazeera Magazine (which is not affiliated and should not to be confused with Al Jazeera the television channel).

So I’m not really sure what to think about this, because I haven’t heard the Army Radio segment, nor can I read the Maariv article (in Hebrew).

Hopefully, this will become a bigger issue, forcing the French press to get on the story.

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