Ninety-six (96) local, regional, and international organizations and entities (prime actors) were identified by their peers as influential in the life of Syria. In the chart below, the left column ranks the prime actors from most influential in shaping the life in Syria (Russia) to the least influential (Relief International).
The chart also shows the classification of prime actors into five stances indicating the actor's support and contribution to inclusive nationalism for Syria, starting from the most committed (Core) to the least committed (Saboteur).
Amount of influence of Israel in the life of Syria, and the commitment of Israel to inclusive nationalism for Syria.
25 prime actors participated in the following:
- Determining the rank of Israel according to the amount of its influence on life in Syria. As shown in the chart below, Israel ranked 26th most influential prime actor.
- Assessing and classifying Israel according to its commitment to inclusive nationalism for Syria (also indicated in the same row by the colored rectangle). Of the 25 prime actors who participated in the assessments, more agreed that Israel falls under the category of 'Follower'. A prime actor assessed as Follower is seen as willing to build a sovereign, stable, inclusive, and developing Syria, but only when it serves its own interests.
In response to the question, “How is Israel important in the life of Syria?”
Round 3 participants stated (Nov. 2016 - Jul. 2017):
"Israel has long had conflict with Syria over the Golan Heights. They are very concerned. They want to bloody the nose of Iran, but are more concerned with the Islamic State. They seem to be working both sides [both for and against the Syrian government].” (239312)
"They have concerns with Golan, security, and the Palestine-Israel conflict (a Syrian cause for fighting Israel). They neighbor Syria, and are allied with influential actors who care more about Israel than Syria.” (235781)
"Everything bad that happens in Syria serves Israel.” (230713)
"The Assad regime has never been a direct threat. They have security concerns for who may follow him.” (238631)
Round 2 participants stated (Aug. 2016 - Oct. 2017):
“They are interested in their national security. They share a border with Syria and Lebanon, which forces them to be part of the Syrian solution. It's one of the strongest countries in the region, economically and militarily.” (221641)
“It's a border country taking a neutral position. They are a major ally of Assad.” (220291)
“They made Assad and they are helping him to stay.” (221211)
“In theory they are in a state of war with Syria. It borders Syria.” (223911)