Israel faces a harsh new world as Syria’s civil war winds down: while Iran remains far away, the Iranian threat now is next door. There are several hundred miles and two countries separating Israel and Iran, whose leaders openly seek to dismantle the Jewish state. Iranian military forces, however, are already entrenching themselves in Syrian bases within striking distance of Israeli towns. In Israeli assessments, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and other units in Syria have now switched their primary mission from preventing a collapse of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to preparing for a future confrontation with Israel. More Middle East Crossroads “They’ve succeeded in the war for Assad to survive. Now their first priority has changed and Israel is the target,” said retired Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror, who served as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s national security adviser from 2011 to 2013. “They want to prevent Israel from […]