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The ongoing conflict in Syria has much in common with the Thirty Years' War, which devastated the heart of Europe – particularly the German city of Magdeburg, the Aleppo of the time – from 1618 to 1648 .The Thirty Years' War was nominally a religious conflict between Catholic and Protestant Christians, just as the main divide in today's Middle East is between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. The Syrian war started during the Arab Spring, after Syrian protesters called for democracy and an end to President Bashar Assad's dictatorship. When Daesh was defeated last year, another conflict, this time between Turkey and Kurds in Northern Syria, quickly ensued.Until recently, Israel had mostly kept out of the war.When Israeli warplanes responded by striking Iranian targets in Syria, one was downed by Syrian anti-aircraft fire (the pilots reached Israeli territory safely), prompting Israel to strike Assad's forces directly.It is precisely on this front that another war could ensue, this time between Israel and Iran.Israel simply cannot stay out of the conflict while Assad's regime, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah secure a military victory.
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