Israeli Defense Establishment Skeptical Syria Truce Will Hold

Syrian rebel fighters from the Failaq al-Rahman brigade rest during a lull in fighting against regime forces in Bala, a town on the outskirts of Damascus, on February 28, 2016

The Jerusalem Post reports: The Israeli defense establishment remains skeptical about the chances of the partial cease-fire in Syria holding up.

“We’re not counting on it,” one defense source told the Jerusalem Post on Sunday, when asked how the truce across the northern border was viewed in Israel.

Meanwhile, sources in the IDF’s Northern Command took a cautious, wait-and-see approach, saying it was too soon to make concrete observations.

Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, a former national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told the Post that the cease-fire was extremely fragile due to the lack of trust between the sides.

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