What Syrian Refugees in Germany Think About Israel Might Surprise You

When I went to Berlin recently to write about the wave of migrants arriving in Germany, one of the questions I was most curious about was something that had nagged at me since the regime of
Syrian President Bashar Assad began bombing its own people back in 2011: Now that you see the true face of your government, do you look at its longtime adversary, Israel, any differently?

Could the enemy of your enemy be your friend?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    International opinions of America are funny.
    They range from the impotent to omnipotent, and depending on what day you catch us, both opinions are correct.

    In Syria’s case, the only thing that can keep Syrians from butchering Syrians are the Syrians themselves.
    Odd that.

  • FactsWillOut

    “Syrian President Bashar Assad began bombing its own people back in 2011:
    Now that you see the true face of your government, do you look at its
    longtime adversary, Israel, any differently?”

    LOL.

  • pdxnag

    Is “law student” and koran memorizer the very same thing here when referring to an Islamist?

  • Everyone Else

    fuck off haaretz

  • “But when it came to their views on Israel, there seemed to be more conspiracy theory than political theory. And I was surprised (though I probably shouldn’t have been) that for many Syrians, the defining element of their identity is sectarian rather than national, and therefore they’re more concerned with the divides among Alawites, Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds than the divide between Arab and Jew.”

    I too am shocked. Now where are my winnings?

  • marty_p

    I was going to donate $100 to Syrian Refugees but instead I bought a Princess Margaret lottery ticket – it is a better return on my investment.