The Tel Aviv regime is favoring the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in line with its policy of destroying the axis of resistance against Israel in the region, a journalist tells Press TV.

Lizzie Phelan, a British reporter and broadcaster, made the comment in an interview with Press TV on Monday.

"It is not about democracy and human rights in Syria, this is very clear as the Israeli officials say themselves time and time again this is about destroying the axis of resistance to Israel."

On Monday, Israeli media reported that Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon has called for the resignation of President Assad.

"We have a situation whereby a Western-backed illegal insurrection in Syria is being portrayed as a revolution being carried out by freedom fighters, meanwhile... genuine popular uprisings in Bahrain and Yemen are being suppressed by those very same Western forces and Saudi Arabia and Qatar and others," Phelan added.

The United States and a number of other Western countries including the UK and France and countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey have supported measures against the Damascus government.

On Monday, veteran US Senator and the previous Republican presidential nominee John McCain called on Washington to conduct piloted airstrikes against Syria.

The British journalist told Press TV that "dialogue and a peaceful solution" will help resolve the issue in Syria.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011, with demonstrations being held both against and in favor of the Damascus government. Syrians have repeatedly expressed support for the president over the past weeks.

The Syrian president said on February 20 that "some foreign countries" are fueling the year-long turmoil in Syria by supporting and funding "armed terrorist groups fighting against the government."