The author of the email, forwarded by Clinton in July 2012, argued that Israel is convinced Iran would lose « its only ally » in the Middle East, if the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad collapses.
« The fall of the House of Assad could well ignite a sectarian war between the Shiites and the majority Sunnis of the region drawing in Iran, which, in the view of Israeli commanders would not be a bad thing for Israel and its Western allies, » an email stated.
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In addition, the author underscored that a potential Sunni-Shiite war would delay the Iranian nuclear program. »In the opinion of this [Israeli intelligence] individual, such a scenario would distract and might obstruct Iran from its nuclear activities for a good deal of time, » the email said.
The Israeli intelligence also considered the possible Sunni-Shiite war as a factor that could contribute to the collapse of the government in Iran.
« In addition, certain senior Israeli intelligence analysts believe that this turn of events may even prove to be a factor in the eventual fall of the current government of Iran, » the email said.
In March, WikiLeaks created a searchable archive for emails sent to and from Clinton’s private email server, while she served as the secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.