(CNN, Mohammed Jamjoon, Saad Abedine and Nick Thomson, 9/3/13): Israel, which has long called for al-Assad to step down. . .
(Posted online as of 9/8/13): In 2011, Israeli President Shimon Peres insisted at a news conference that al-Assad "must go," but the comments have been an exception for the Israeli government. In May of 2013, an Israeli defense ministry official specifically denied that Israel had "done anything against Assad and his regime."