Al-Quds Al-Arabi – Aug. 02, 2018, issue 9263
Beyond the standards of world powers, Israel is the composer of all sorts of conflicts and crises in the Middle East, the region that directly affects the world in terms of energy, stability, and religion. The presence of Israel in the heart of the region places it among the most powerful countries in the world, and because of the complexity of the scene in this region that has never experienced complete stability from wars and crises, it has become difficult to control who moves the reins and who is behind these crises. The Arab Spring, which came after many years of oppression and corruption experienced by the Arab world, was surprisingly transformed into autumn, aggravating the conditions for the peoples of the region. This deviation was not due to the Arab spring itself or because of the youth that sought freedom in these countries but because of the international and regional powers that need to keep their control and influence in the region constantly. As a result of these interventions, everything was done. But Tel Aviv has the lion’s share of what has happened in the Middle East over the last 50 years.
The Israeli lobby in Washington was the most pleased with the rise of Trump to the leadership of the White House. Based on Trump’s ideology, Israeli security is at the top of his list of priorities, which has increased Tel Aviv’s power in the White House together with the background that led to the assumption of the US presidency by Trump. Mossad, the most famous intelligence for its ability to collect information, enabled Tel Aviv to hold enough evidence to exert pressure on Trump to follow Israeli positions with closed eyes. The recent events confirm this without doubt.
Tel Aviv and the game under the table
In Syria, Tel Aviv was directly responsible for the formation of the so-called M.O.C. (Military Operations Command) room in Jordan, which was set up to manage the Syrian armed opposition forces in southern and central Syria. Tel Aviv was able to fully control the leadership of these militias. The recent events that led to the restoration of Assad’s control of the province of Daraa and large parts of the province of Quneitra were in direct co-ordination with Tel Aviv, or via Moscow. Leaks from the Helsinki summit between Putin and Trump confirm that Trump has placed Israeli satisfaction in the Syrian crisis as a priority for Washington. Understanding this priority pushed both the Foreign Minister and the Chief of Staff of Russia to meet with President Netanyahu and Defense Minister Lieberman a few days after the Helsinki summit.
Through careful scrutiny of IDF’s movements, on the one hand, and Israeli diplomacy, on the other hand, we find that Tel Aviv’s attention to the Syrian crisis focuses on three files as follows:
The chemical file previously controlled by Moscow and Israel has destroyed large parts of it in a series of air raids and rocket throws in the last period between the research center in Jamraya to the research center in Masyaf and the secret warehouses stood on the outskirts of Nairrab airport east of the city of Aleppo.
The file of ballistic missiles and especially of the Russian made Scud. Back in 2013, Tel Aviv’s attacks in Qalamoun and Mount Qasioun in the capital of Syria Damascus have destroyed most of these missiles, while attacks on Brigade 47 in Hama and defense factories in Aleppo and Masyaf passing through secret storage depots on the outskirts of the airport in the east of Aleppo almost ended the program. Also, Russia’s influence in Syria has removed this program from the hands of Syria or Iran.
Iran’s file and Lebanese Hezbollah arm
Tel Aviv does not face the possibility of accepting the survival of any Iranian presence in Syria. Israel sees the dictator of Muhajireen neighborhood weak and in need that forces him to accept any Israeli demand, including the abandonment of his Iranian ally. Although there is no imminent threat to Israel from Iran, this does not in any way mean that Tel Aviv is forced to accept his stay there. Thus, closing this file for Tel Aviv will be to withdraw Iran from Syria completely, which is discussed extensively in Moscow. Until that point, Israel will continue its air raids against any valuable prey, rocket shipment or technology development site owned by Tehran within the Syrian territory.
Tel Aviv is the one who chose the time and method of transferring the US Embassy to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is directly responsible for Iranian expansion from the Baqubah region in Iraq to Sana’a in Yemen by providing them with weapons and giving them the US West cover. And Tel Aviv is guiding the alliance and the mafia of the counter-revolutions in the region from Libya to Hudaydah in Yemen, the same Tel Aviv that wakes up from the kites of the children of the Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza. But the people of Syria who sacrificed everything precious for the sake of their freedom still have a number of papers able to overturn the table. The most important point is to learn from the Syrian south experiment and the Afghan experience. This knowledge is enough to redraw the power map in Syria and the region in general. And northern Syria, which some see as the last page of the Syrian revolution, may be the beginning of a wave of change of a broader and more effective Middle East and Arab Spring.