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Lebanese Media: Assad 'Weak' for Not Attacking Israel

Lebanese satire program represents Syrian President Bashar Assad as weak, ineffective for inability to respond to IAF air strikes
By Dalit Halevy, Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 11/3/2013, 9:10 AM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
AFP photo

A clip from a popular Lebanese satire program on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) channel, blasting Syrian President Bashar Assad for being too "weak" and "ineffective" to respond to recent Israeli air strikes on Syrian military targets, has gone viral in Arab social media circles. 

The clip, which highly resembles shorts from popular Israeli TV show Chartzufim (the Israeli version of British satire program Spitting Image), confronts an official "spokesman" for Assad about statements made after Israeli strikes on a Syrian weapons transports on May 5, 2013 that threatening to attack Israel in the event of additional "acts of war." 

Specifically, the clip accuses Assad of political and military weakness for not retaliating after Israel's strikes on the Latakia military base Thursday, and questions the controversial dictator's power after the years-long Syrian Civil War. 

"Assad" responds that while he threatened to attack Israel for continued attacks on Jamraya, the scientific research center Israel disabled earlier this year, his statement did not cover attacks elsewhere. 

To watch the clip, see below: