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Israeli President Shimon Peres

At this week’s conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the recent changes taking place in the Middle East were typically seen through wary eyes, but one ongoing transformation received a heartier embrace: the uprising in Syria. “I admire the courage of the Syrian people and I wish them peace and freedom from the depths of all of our hearts,” said Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Some experts see a certain cynical calculation to Israel’s embrace of the Syria uprising.