Israel’s government is reacting with caution to Saturday’s death of Syrian President Hafez Assad. Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s office said the government had acted in the past to achieve peace with Syria and would continue with any leader in Damascus. One political analyst said Bashar Assad, Syria’s presumed next leader, may have a more open attitude toward Israel, but would not stray from his father’s hard-line demand that Israel return all of the Golan Heights.
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