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Report: Russia Stopped Missile Delivery under Israeli Threat of War

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The Lebanese newspaper Ad-Diyar reports that Israel has managed to block the transfer of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles from Russia to Lebanon.

According to the report, Israel applied direct and indirect pressure, as well as threatened to start an all-out war should Russia hand Lebanon these missiles (to then transfer them to Syria).

According to the report, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made clear to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mohi Edine al Muallem that the final decision on the matter is in the hands of President Boris Putin.

Meanwhile, President Putin, according to Ad-Diyar, passed a message to President Assad saying Hezbollah’s entry into the conflict in Syria is “not helpful.”

In the same message, Putin told Assad that Russian could compensate Syria by handing it efficient, powerful weapons to fight the rebels, including the latest in helicopters and attack aircraft. But Moscow prefers that Hezbollah stay out of the war in Syria, because it believes the organization’s involvement would weaken Syria’s position.

Two senior intelligence officials in Washington told Fox News that Assad still has not received the S-300 land-to-air missiles.

A senior official in Moscow was quoted by Reshet Bet a also saying that his country is yet to transfer the missiles to Syria. Nevertheless, he added, it is possible that some parts of the system have been delivered.

According to the official, who is close to the Russian Defense Ministry, Moscow delayed the implementation of the deal has been signed about 3 years ago, but decided to complete it after NATO positioned Patriot missiles in Turkey, near the Syrian border.

 

Update: New reports are saying that Russia will be selling at least 10 MiG-29 M/M2 fighter planes to Syria.

Mordechai Kedar: An Open Letter to President Assad

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

The Druze writer, Salman Masalha, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, addresses President Assad personally and reproves him for the failure of the hollow pan-Arab slogans of brotherhood and equality that his party uses in order to justify the oppression of his people and the murderous brutality of recent decades.

The article was originally published on the Internet site Elaph about six months ago, was translated to Hebrew by Arie Goos and now appears on the Internet site Megafon [The comments of Dr. Kedar are in parentheses].

Dear Mr. President,

It is difficult for me to address you with this title, but because at least officially, as of now, you carry this title and fulfill this role, politeness and protocol oblige me to address you in this way. And so, I will begin:

Dear Mr. President,

Ever since the flames licked the body of Bouazizi in Tunisia [in December 2010, the start of the "domino effect" of the "Arab Spring"] and their sparks then flew to various locations of the Arab world, you haven’t understood – nor have any of those who raised you to power by means of a constitutional farce explained to you – that the Arab coals hidden under the Arab dust and sand for so many long generations of tyranny will set your house aflame as well.

You have declared many times, to the Western media, of course, that Syria is different from Tunisia, different from Libya and different from Egypt. Indeed, in the process of aggressive investigative reporting, the truth did rise to the surface, proving the emptiness of the whole false Ba’ath ideology which claims “one Arab nation with an eternal mission.”

Even so, with the kindling of the flames in the Arab states, the power of this slogan quickly collapsed. Its thunderous fall, as you expressed it in your own words, exposed to all, the nationalist lie that the Ba’ath has been spreading for many generations. These glittering slogans have aroused us for such a long time, and unfortunately still excite the feelings even of those who have outgrown Arab nationalism.

The false ideology behind the Ba’ath slogans, in Iraq as well as in Syria – where it still rules officially – hides the darkness of the prisons into which all of the seekers of freedom among the Arab citizens – the cultural as well as the political – are thrown.

Indeed, this Ba’ath party was never anything but a racist Arab ideology, and because of this it became, essentially, a tribal ideology. Yes, this was the situation in the land of Aram Naharaim, Iraq of Saddam Hussein, and this is the current situation in Syria. When you became president, there were those who hoped, naively, that because you studied in the West and you became acquainted with Western culture, and because you know how to use the Internet, Facebook and other modern media, perhaps some wisps of the aroma of freedom and openness of the Western world would have clung to you.

Oh! What naivety! Indeed, they were all naive because they didn’t know that you yourself were never free. All the years that passed in the West were carried away in the wind. What is depressing is the speed with which the glittering slogans disappeared with the first wind of freedom. There is another son, recently captured, who was said to have received Western education, and that he was open, in contrast to his father. However, the moment that the intifada broke out in Libya, we saw how Saif al-Islam Qadhafi returned to his nature, which overcame everything that he had acquired in the West. Overnight, those who were involved in the intifada became rats.

And the same goes for you too, Mr. President. Yes, you were not a free man, not even for one day. Why, you are the son of your father. And therefore, if you had really been free you would have refused to allow your father to pass down the rule to you by a constitutional farce. If you had been really free you would have insisted on continuing your work as an ophthalmologist. You would have continued to support people to see the light with your assistance. But you were not that sort. Your studies in the cultured West did not avail you, and none of its culture of freedom clung to you.

Assad Declares Referendum on New Syrian Constitution

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, fighting an 11-month revolt against his rule, announced a referendum on a new constitution to be held February 26, the official SANA state news agency reported on Wednesday.

On Sunday, President Assad received a copy of the new draft constitution from the head of the National Committee charged with drafting it, during a meeting with the Committee’s members.

The Committee’s members stressed their determination – since their first meeting after the presidential decree on forming it – in preparing an integrated formula of a constitution that guarantees the dignity of Syrian citizens and secures their basic rights.

They reiterated their keenness for a constitution that will transform Syria into an example to be followed, in terms of public freedoms and political plurality, in a way that lays the foundation for a new epoch in Syria’s rich cultural history.

“When the new constitution is approved, Syria will have passed the most important stage of laying down the constitutional and legal structure through the reforms and laws that have already been issued to take the country to a new era in cooperation with all spectrums of the Syrian people to achieve what we all aspire for in terms of developing our country to draw a brilliant future for next generations,” said President Assad.

Last October, President Assad issued a presidential decree ordering the formation of a national committee to prepare a draft constitution for Syria within four months of the decree’s issuance.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/global/assad-declares-referendum-on-new-syrian-constitution/2012/02/15/

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