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Saudi Editor: Israel Trying to Save Assad, Drown the Region in Chaos

Not an entirely unreasonable foreign policy direction for the embattled Jewish state.

A view of the Syrian town of Quneitra seen from the Israeli Golan Heights. November 12, 2012.

A view of the Syrian town of Quneitra seen from the Israeli Golan Heights. November 12, 2012.
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Tariq Alhomayed is the Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, wrote on Tuesday that it is clear from the Israeli military response – even if this is a limited one – against the al-Assad forces in the Golan Heights that Israel is trying to save Bashar al-Assad and is working to drown the region in an ongoing state of chaos. Alhomayed suggests this is being done in order to complicate the Syrian crisis, which in turn would prevent critical decisions being taken to hasten the toppling of the tyrant of Damascus.

Alhomayed argues that since the start of the Syrian civil war, in January, 2011, Assad’s responses have been completely predictable: setting Lebanon on fire, pushing refugees to Turkey and Jordan, exploiting Turkey’s Alawite community, dragging Iraq into the crisis, and playing the “sectarian card” in Syria.

Assad has done all of the above, and now, says Alhomayed, comes the predictable attempt on his part to involve Israel. And while Syria’s other neighbors have been resisting its repeated provocations (if you disregard Turkey’s artillery barrage in response to shells falling in its territory a few months ago), with the first Assad provocation of Israel, it took action and responded. Alhomayed, thinks this is strange. Try to follow his logic:

“We describe this as ‘strange’ because what al-Assad has done recently in the Golan Heights – which have been quiet for nearly 4 decades – is precisely what Saddam Hussein did during the occupation of Kuwait. He launched ‘Scud’ missiles at Israel in order to drag it into the crisis and ‘shuffle’ the cards. At the time, then US President George Bush Senior confronted Israel and obliged it to exhibit self-restraint and not involve itself in the crisis surrounding the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait. Today, al-Assad is doing the same thing with Israel, and along the same line as Saddam Hussein. The issue does not require an abundance of intelligence to realize that al-Assad is trying to escape forward. In this case, why is Israel getting involved now and trying to save al-Assad by serving his interests? Why now, when we are witnessing quick and dramatic progress in the Syrian file, as well as military advancement in Damascus and political development at the level of the Syrian opposition which is now united, not to mention the positive international position towards this unity, which signals that al-Assad’s days are truly numbered? We say that this is “strange” because it is bizarre that al-Assad’s allies in this crisis should include Iran, Hezbollah and Israel! Of course, each party has their own motives, however these are destructive motivates that demonstrate the threat this tripartite represents to our region, not to mention al-Assad himself!

“Al-Assad wants to drown the entire region in chaos; whilst Tel Aviv would have no objection in seeing the Syrian crisis last for decades and set fire to the entire encompassing region. Israel has no problem with Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon drowning in chaos, for the weaker Arab states become, the stronger Israel gets. This is what Tel Aviv wants, even with regards to Egypt. For so long as we Arabs our facing problems we have created with our own hands, Israel will not hesitate to pour fuel on the fire.”

This is certainly a foreign policy I would endorse. I’m only surprised that this well informed Saudi editor is able to see a difference between the government and the rebels in Syria in terms of moral superiority. From over here they seem equally blood thirsty.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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3 Responses to “Saudi Editor: Israel Trying to Save Assad, Drown the Region in Chaos”

  1. I also think it is wise to do anything possible to maintain the status quo in Syria.

    Other than harboring some Nazis, and being a conduit of arms to terrorists, Syria has been a very inexpensive neighbor.

    Of course the murders of civilians by Syria is a terrible thing. But it is not new, when thousands were murdered by Assad senior, their was not a peep from any Saudi paper.

  2. :

    This week, at a time when one million people in Israel are targeted for hundreds of aerial attacks launched by the Gaza regime , a new Israel Advocacy Task Force has been spawned.

    The Israel Advocacy Task Force will address issues of the day that Israel has to cope with on a daily basis.

    Let’s begin with Arab education.

    Contrary to the widely publicized notion that the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA intended to incorporate Holocaust education in their schools, there has never been a plan for a Holocaust curriculum in any UNRWA or Palestinian Authority school.

    Michael Kingsley-Nyinah, director of the executive office of UNRWA said clearly: “I am writing to clarify that there is no ‘Holocaust curriculum’ as such in UNRWA schools and there are no plans to introduce one.”.

    There is, however, one aspect of the new Palestinian Authority educational system in that does deal to the Holocaust.

    In all Palestinian Authority schools, students learn from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s PHD, which he wrote 28 years ago at Moscow University entitled “The Other Side: The Secret Relations between Nazism and the Leadership of the Zionist Movement.”.

    Abbas’s thesis: the Zionist movement initiated murder of the Jews in Europe.

    The time has come to ask that everyone who funds the Palestinian Authority educational system – beginning with the US Congress – condition money to the PA on the immediate cancellation of their "holocaust curriculum".

    With the genesis of the new session of US Congress in January, The Israel Advocacy Task Force will escort experts on Palestinian Authority and UNRWA education to make presentations for staffers the Middle East Subcommittee of the US House Foreign Relations committee, in tandem with the Center for Near East Policy Research in Jerusalem, http://www.IsraelBehindTheNews, com, ;directed by investigative journalist and community organizer David Bedein.

    To that end, The Israel Advocacy Task Force is seeking sponsors to cover the cost to hire and escort the experts.

    Meanwhile, the time has come for everyone who reads this memo to contact people of influence to demand that the PA and UNRWA cease and desist from the greatest lie perpetrated against the survivors of the Nazi Horrors…applying the principle that a lie repeated often enough will become believable.

    RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, founder and chairman.

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