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Mr. Dagan predicted no major change in Egypts relations with Israel, despite tougher rhetoric now heard from Cairo. Any worsening in relations would harm Cairos economic and political interests, and the Egyptian elite is well aware of that, he said.

As for Syria, he said the overthrow of President Bashar Assad would be good for Israel because of Mr. Assad’s links with Hezbollah and Iran.

However, he added, Mr. Assad and his Alawite regime might yet survive.

“It’s either winning or dying, and they understand that,” he said.