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 بقلم نارام سرجون

لم تعد السياسة علما ولافنا منذ ان بدأ الربيع العربي ورأينا مارأيناه .. السياسة كانت نوعا من الاحجيات والمعادلات الصعبة والمركبات التي يجب تفكيكها .. وأحيانا كانت شكلا من اشكال التنجيم الصعب ..

ولكن أمتلك الثقة الكاملة لاقول ان أبسط مواطن عربي صار يعرف تماما كيف يمكن ان يستنتج اتجاه الحدث السياسي لبلاده وللمنطقة ويستطيع كل مواطن عربي ان يكون خبيرا استراتيجيا ولديه مركز دراسات عن بلده يغنيه عن الخبراء الاستراتيجيين للجزيرة والعربية الذين لم يتوقعوا شيئا الا وحدث نقيضه .. فمثلا كلما ظهر الرئيس الاميريكي في خطاب عن الشرق الأوسط يتنبه المنعكس الشرطي السعودي أو السلماني عند المواطن السعودي .. حيث ومن غير تفكير لايجد السعوديون أنفسهم الا وهم يمدون ايديهم الى جيوبهم لافراغها مما فيها من أموال وقطع نقود حتى من القروش والملاليم .. لأنه بعد كل خطاب عن الشرق الأوسط يعرف السعوديون جميعا كبيرهم وصغيرهم ان الملك السعودي سيدفع المعلوم والجزية على داير مليم .. وسيشاهد بن سلمان في واشنطن يجلس مذعنا وهو يعرض للنسويق ويضع عليه ترامب لوحة المشتريات والاسعار فيما بن سلمان يهز رأسه كالابله ضاحكا لاحول له ولاقوة ..

وكلما خرج اردوغان بخطاب ناري عن القدس يعرف المقدسيون أن مصيبة قادمة في القدس .. لأن هذا الكذاب والممثل لايفعل شيئا سوى الثرثرة والاستعراض وهو سبب مصائب القدس لأنه كان قائد الربيع العربي الذي استهلك شباب العرب ومدنهم ومالهم .. فعقب كل خطاب يخفق قلب فلسطين هلعا ويتسرع لأنه صار معتادا ان كل خطاب أردوغاني سيتلوه تصفيق اسلامي وتكبير ولكن لاشيء آخر الا ان نتنياهو سيغرز انيابه في لحم قلبها وينهشه وهي تتألم .. والحقيقة هي ان اردوغان الثرثار هو من أضعف القدس وأوصل ترامب ونتنياهو الى مرحلة اللااكتراث لأنه طحن العالم الاسلامي بحروب الاخوان المسلمين وشغل دول الطوق ومحور مقاومة اسرائيل بحروبه العثمانية المجنونة واسلامييه الذين سهلوا لاسرائيل وترامب قرار نقل السفارة الاميريكية الى القدس لأنهم استهلكوا أشرس المقاتلين الاسلاميين في تدمير أنفسهم وأموالهم وامكاناتهم وتدمير كل الشعوب المحيطة باسرائيل واشغال كل أعداء اسرايل عنها ..

فهل نسأل المواطن العربي عن توقعاته السياسية كلما ذهب ملك الاردن الى أميريكا مثلا؟؟ طبعا سيعرف المواطنون العرب من المحيط الى الخليج ان الملك سيجول على صالات القمار أولا ثم سيذهب الى البيت الابيض ليتلقى تعليمات بشأن مؤامرة جديدة وعن هلال طائفي جديد أو قمر عرقي أو شمس مذهبية .. وهل يجهل المواطن العربي ماالذي يتوقعه اذا شاهد امير قطر او ملك البحرين يستقبلان وزير الدفاع الاميركي .. المنطق يقول ان القواعد الاميريكية ستشتغل في قصف بلد عربي ..

وعلى العكس من تلك البدهيات الواضحة .. يستطيع كل مواطن سوري وعربي ان يعرف ماذا سيعني لقاء الرئيسين بوتين والاسد .. في كل لقاء بين الرئيس الأسد وبوتين ترتعش التنظيمات الارهابية ويتحسس كل ارهابي رأسه .. بينما تلتفت عيون المجرمين الى السماء بحثا عن السوخوي .. ويجد نتنياهو نفسه يزداد قلقا على طائراته .. كل لقاء بين الأسد وبوتين يعتبر فاصلة عسكرية كبيرة تسبب الرعب للكثيرين .. فترتعد الرياض وتبول في ثيابها وتهتز الدوحة وتقبل انقرة بقضاء الله وقدره .. وبعد كل لقاء تستعد قطعة كبيرة من الجغرافيا السورية لخلع ثياب الاعدام لارتداء ثياب الحرية .. صارت هناك معادلات بوتين والاسد السياسية .. فكل لقاء بين بوتين والاسد يعني للرئيس الاميركي انه سيخسر قطعة جديدة من سورية التي يحتلها بشكل غير مباشر بالارهابيين .. منذ اول لقاء والذي كان لقاء السوخوي .. ثم تلته لقاءات حلب وغيرها .. هذه المرة ربما اقترب الأسد وبوتين كثيرا من ترامب في الشرق السوري .. ورغم كل مؤشرات السلام ونهاية الحرب السورية فان الاميريكيين يعلمون ان وجودهم في المنطقة الشرقية صار على كف عفريت .. فهناك عبارة اهتزت لها واشنطن قالها بوتين وهي ان القوات الاجنبية يجب ان تحزم حقائبها .. وهي عبارة لايقولها شخص وزعيم عالمي مثل بوتين اعتباطا فهو اتخذ قرارا بشأنها أو أنه تبلغ عبر قناة ما أن الأميريكيين يريدون أن يفتحوا مفاوضات الخروج والانسحاب .. فكل كلمة يقولها بوتين يجب ان تترجم خاصة انها تقال في لقاء مع الأسد الذي يملك الارض بالجيش والشرعية والذي يحارب بوتين الى جانبه .. واذا حاول البعض تفسير الكلام على انه موجه لايران وحزب الله .. وانها في سياق تفاهم اميركي اسرائيلي روسي فهي محاولة تفسير غير موفقة .. لأن الروس والسوريين ليسوا اغبياء لاخراج حلفائهم قبل اتمام الحرب وترك الاميريكيين في الشرق ينعمون بالراحة والاستقرار كي يغيروا الاتفاق ويطلقوا داعش او اي تنظيم جديد .. ومن المعلوم أن لحلفاء سورية من الايرانيين وحزب الله دورا هاما في المعارك البرية ضد الارهاب الذي مثل القوات البرية الاميريكية .. واذا خرج حلفاء سورية من الجغرافيا فاننا سنعود الى نقطة الصفر ولكن اذا خرج الاميريكيون فليس هناك حاجة لبقاء القوات الحليفة بذات الكثافة والدور .. ويمكنها ان تعود الى حالة استشارات فنية وصاروخية كما كانت قبل الحرب .. فالجيش السوري عاد قويا وتمرس على أشرس المعارك .. وتطور .. وأضاف عامل الثقة بالنفس الى رصيده .. والمواجهة مع اسرايل ستكون مواجهة تقنية وصاروخية .. الا اذا تغيرت معطيات المعارك ..

هذان الرجلان لايلتقيان اعتباطا ولاتعنيهما الاحتفالات الاعلامية والكرنفالات التي تقام لملوك الخليج الذين يذهبون لدفع الجزية في الغرب .. فمما لاشك فيه أنهما اجتمعا من أجل أمر هام جدا قادم .. لايسر من سمي (أصدقاء الشعب السوري) .. ولايسر المعارضين الذين ينتظرون منذ 8 سنوات بطاقة الدعوة لاستلام السلطة واعلان نهاية عصر الأسد .. وربما ساجرح مشاعرهم كثيرا وستغوض كلماتي كالسكين في أحشائهم للقول انها بداية عصر الأسد كزعيم عالمي .. بدأت منذ هذه اللحظة التي أعلن فيها لأول مرة بشكل ديبلوماسي ان الوجود الاميريكي في شرق سورية قد انتهت صلاحيته .. وهذا التهذيب الديبلوماسي .. فيه انذار ديبلوماسي .. ولاشك أن على الاميريكيين ان يردوا التحية الروسية بأحسن منها .. والا ..

هذا الحدس والاستقراء في علم السياسة له مماثل فيزيولوجي .. هو ظاهرة بافلوف .. فعندما يرى الناس ملكا سعوديا في واشنطن او أي عاصمة غربية ترتسم ابتسامة عربية عفوية لاارادية فيها مرارة .. فيما يسيل لعاب الاوروبيين والاميريكيين كما كلب بافلوف عندما يسمع جرس الطعام .. جرس الاميريكيين اليوم هو بن سلمان .. حيث يفيض لعابهم ولعاب اوروبة كلما لمحوه كما لو كانوا يلعقون الليمون الحامض ..

ولكن عندما يرى العالم الأسد وبوتين معا .. ترتفع درجة حرارة الأرض .. ويخفق قلب السماء الأزرق للقاء السوخوي .. ويسيل لعاب الدبابات .. وترقص البنادق .. وتجف الحلوق في الغرب والشرق .. فيما تتبلل عروق المدن الحزينة الظمأى بالأخبار السارة .. وتتهيأ الدنيا للأخبار العاجلة ..

   ( الثلاثاء 2018/05/22 SyriaNow)
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President Assad’s Interview with the Greek Kathimerini Newspaper

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hursday, 10 May 2018

H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad said that France, Britain, and the US, along with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are responsible for the war in Syria due to their support of  terrorism, describing the Western allegations about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Arab Army as a farce and a very primitive play whose only goal is to attack the Syrian Army after the defeat of terrorists.

In an interview given to the Greek Kathimerini newspaper, President Assad said that Syria is fighting terrorists, who are the army of the Turkish, US, and Saudi regimes, stressing that any aggressor and any army, whether Turkish, French, or whoever, they are all enemies as long as they came to Syria illegally.

Following is the full text of the interview:

Journalist: Mr. President, thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview. It’s a pleasure to be here in Damascus.

President Assad: You’re most welcome in Syria.

Question 1: Let me ask you first of all, you know, there’s been accusation by the US and the Europeans about the use of chemical weapons, and there was an attack after that. What is your response to that? Was there a chemical attack? Were you responsible for it?

President Assad: First of all, we don’t have any chemical arsenal since we gave it up in 2013, and the international agency for chemical weapons made investigations about this, and it’s clear or documented that we don’t have. Second, even if we have it, we wouldn’t use it, for many different reasons. But let’s put these two points aside, let’s presume that this army has chemical weapons and it’s in the middle of the war; where should it be used? At the end of the battle? They should use it somewhere in the middle, or where the terrorists made advancement, not where the army finished the battle and terroristsgave up and said “we are ready to leave the area” and the army is controlling fully that area. So, the Western narrative started after the victory of the Syrian Army, not before. When we finished the war, they said “they used chemical weapons.”

Second, use of mass destruction armaments in a crammed area with a population like Douma – the supposed area, it’s called Douma and they talk about 45 victims- when you use mass destruction armaments in such an area, you should have hundreds or maybe thousands of victims in one time. Third, why all the chemical weapons, the presumed or supposed chemical weapons, only kill children and women? They don’t kill militants. If you look at the videos, it’s completely fake. I mean, when you have chemical weapons, how could the doctors and nurses be safe, dealing with the chemical atmosphere without any protective clothes, without anything, just throwing water at the victims, and the victims became okay just because you washed them with water. So, it’s a farce, it’s a play, it’s a very primitive play, just to attack the Syrian army, because… Why? That’s the most important part, is that when the terrorists lost, the US, France, UK, and their other allies who want to destabilize Syria, they lost one of their main cards, and that’s why they had to attack the Syrian Army, just to raise the morale of the terrorists and to prevent the Syrian Army from liberating more areas in Syria.

Question 2: But are you saying that there was an incident of chemical attack and someone else is responsible, or that there was nothing there?

President Assad: That’s the question, because, I mean, the side who said – allegedly – that there was a chemical attack, had to prove that there was an attack. We have two scenarios: either the terrorists had chemical weapons and they used them intentionally, or maybe there was explosions or something, or there was no attack at all, because in all the investigations in Douma people say “we didn’t have any chemical attack, we didn’t see any chemical gas, or didn’t smell” and so on. So, we don’t have any indications about what happened. The Western narrative is about that, so that question should be directed to the Western officials who said there was an attack. We should ask them: where is your concrete evidence about what happened? They only talk about reports. Reports could be allegations. Videos by the White Helmets, the White Helmets are funded by the British Foreign Office, and so on.

 

Question 3: President Trump, in a tweet, used a very strong expression. He said “animal Assad.” You remember that? What is your response to that?

President Assad: Actually, when you are in that position, I mean president of a country, you have first of all to represent the morals of your people before representing your own morals. You are representing your country. Question: does this language represent the American culture? That is the question. This is very bad, and I don’t think so. I don’t think there’s a community in the world that has such language. Second, the good thing about Trump is that he expresses himself in a very transparent way, which is very good in that regard. Personally, I don’t care, because I deal with the situation as a politician, as a president. It doesn’t matter for me personally; what matters is whether something would affect me, would affect my country, our war, the terrorists, and the atmosphere that we are living in.

Question 4: He said that his mission was accomplished. He said “mission accomplished in Syria.” How do you feel about that?

President Assad: I think maybe the only mission accomplished was when they helped ISIS escape from Raqqa, when they helped them, and it was proven by video, and under their cover, the leaders of ISIS escaped Raqqa, going toward Deir Ezzor just to fight the Syrian Army. The other mission accomplished was when they attacked the Syrian Army at the end of 2016 in the area of Deir Ezzor when ISIS was surrounding Deir Ezzor, and the only force was the Syrian Army. I mean, the only force to defend that city from ISIS was the Syrian Army, and because of the Americans’ – and of course their allies’ – attack, Deir Ezzor was on the brink of falling in the hand of ISIS. So, this is the only mission that was accomplished. If he’s talking about destroying Syria, of course that’s another mission accomplished. While if you talk about fighting terrorism, we all know very clearly that the only mission the United States have been doing in Syria is to support the terrorists, regardless of their names, of the names of their factions.

Question 5: But, I mean, he was using such language with the North Korean leader, and now they’re going to meet. Could you potentially see yourself meeting with Trump? What would you tell him if you saw him face to face?

President Assad: The first question you should ask, whether to meet or to make contact or whatever, what can you achieve? The other question: what can we achieve with someone who says something before the campaign, and does the opposite after the campaign, who says something today, and does the opposite tomorrow, or maybe in the same day. So, it’s about consistency. Do they have the same frequency every day, or the same algorithm? So, I don’t think in the meantime we can achieve anything with such an administration. A further reason is that we don’t think the president of that regime is in control. We all believe that the deep state, the real state, is in control, or is in control of every president, and this is nothing new. It has always been in the United States, at least during the last 40 years, at least since Nixon, maybe before, but it’s becoming starker and starker, and the starkest case is Trump.

Question 6: When is your mission going to be accomplished, given the situation here in Syria now?

President Assad: I have always said, without any interference, it will take less than a year to regain stability in Syria; I don’t have any doubt about this. The other factor is how much support the terrorists receive; this is something I cannot answer, because I cannot foretell. But as long as it continues, time is not the main factor. The main factor is that someday, we’re going to end this conflict and we’re going to re-unify Syria under the control of the government. When? I cannot answer. I hope it’s going to be soon.

Question 7: Now, there was some criticism lately, because you apparently have a law that says that anybody that doesn’t claim their property within a month, they cannot come back. Is that a way to exclude some of the people who disagree with you?

President Assad: No, we cannot dispossess anyone from their property by any law, because the constitution is very clear about the ownership of any Syrian citizen. This could be about the procedure. It’s not the first time we have such a law just to re-plan the destroyed and the illegal areas, because you’re dealing with a mixture of destroyed and illegal suburbs in different parts of Syria. So, this law is not about dispossessing anyone. You cannot, I mean even if he’s a terrorist, let’s say, if you want to dispossess someone, you need a verdict by the judicial system, I mean, you cannot make it by law. So, there’s either misinterpretation of that law, or an intention, let’s say, to create a new narrative about the Syrian government in order to rekindle the fire of public opinion in the West against the Syrian government. But about the law, I mean, even if you want to make a procedure, it’s about the local administration, it’s about the elected body in different areas, to implement that law, not the government.

Question 8: Now, who are your biggest allies in this fight? Obviously, they are Russia and Iran. Are you worried that they might play too an important role in the future of the country after this war is over?

President Assad: If you talk about my allies as a president, they are the Syrian people. If you talk about Syria’s allies, of course they’re the Iranians and the Russians. They are our strongest allies, and of course China that supported us politically in the Security Council. As for them playing an important role in the future of the country, these countries respect Syria’s sovereignty and national decision making and provide support to insure them. So, it doesn’t make sense for these countries to take part in a war to help Syria defend its sovereignty, and at the same time violate or interfere with this sovereignty. Iran and Russia are the countries which respect Syria’s sovereignty the most.

Question 9: How about Turkey now? Turkey did an intrusion, an invasion of part of your country. You used to have a pretty good relationship with President Erdogan. How is that relationship now after that intrusion?

President Assad: First of all, this is an aggression, this is an occupation. Any single Turkish soldier on Syrian soil represents occupation. That doesn’t mean the Turkish people are our enemies. Only a few days ago, we had a political delegation coming from Turkey. We have to distinguish between the Turks in general and Erdogan. Erdogan is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Maybe he’s not organized, but his affiliation is toward that ideology, I call it this dark ideology. And for him, because, like the West, when the terrorists lost control of different areas, and actually they couldn’t implement the agenda of Turkey or the West or Qatar or Saudi Arabia, somebody had to interfere. This is where the West interfered through the recent attacks on Syria, and this is where Erdogan was assigned by the West, mainly the United States, to interfere, to make the situation complicated, again because without this interference, the situation would have been resolved much faster. So, it’s not about personal relations. The core issue of the Muslim Brotherhood anywhere in the world is to use Islam in order to take control of the government in your country, and to create multiple governments having this kind of relation, like a network of Muslim Brotherhoods, around the world.

Question 10: In an election campaign rally, he said that two days ago, that he’s going to do another intrusion into Syria. How are you going to respond to that if it happens?

President Assad: Actually, since the very beginning of the war, Erdogan supported the terrorists, but at that time, he could hide behind words like “protecting the Syrian people, supporting the Syrian people, supporting the refugees, we are against the killing,” and so on. He was able to appear as a humanitarian president, let’s say. Now, because of these circumstances, he has to take off the mask and show himself as the aggressor, and this is the good thing. So, there is no big difference between the Turkish head of regime Erdogan sending his troops to Syria, and supporting the terrorists; this is his proxy. So, we’ve been fighting seven years his army. The difference actually between now and then is the appearance; the core is the same. At that time, we couldn’t talk about occupation, we could talk about supporting terrorists, but this time we could talk about occupation, which is the announcement of Erdogan that he’s now violating the international law, and this could be the good part of him announcing this.

Question 11: But how can you respond to that?

President Assad: First of all, we are fighting the terrorists, and as I said, the terrorists for us are his army, they are the American army, the Saudi army. Forget about the different factions and who is going to finance those factions; at the end, they work for one agenda, and those different players obey one master: the American master. Erdogan is not implementing his own agenda; he’s only implementing the American agenda, and the same goes for the other countries in this war. So, first of all, you have to fight the terrorists. Second, when you take control of more areas, you have to fight any aggressor, any army. The Turkish, French, whoever, they are all enemies; as long as they came to Syria illegally, they are our enemies.

Question 12: Are you worried about the potential third world war starting here in Syria? I mean, you have the Israelis hitting the Iranians, you know, here in your own country. You have the Russians, you have the Americans. Are you concerned about that possibility?

President Assad: No, for one reason: because fortunately, you have a wise leadership in Russia, and they know that the agenda of the deep state in the United States is to create a conflict. Since the campaign of Trump, the main agenda was against Russia, create a conflict with Russia, humiliate Russia, undermine Russia, and so on. And we’re still in the same process under different titles or by different means. Because of the wisdom of the Russians, we can avoid this. Maybe it’s not a full-blown third world war, but it is a world war, maybe in a different way, not like the second and the first, maybe it’s not nuclear, but it’s definitely not a cold war; it’s something more than a cold war, less than a full-blown war. And I hope we don’t see any direct conflict between these super powers, because this is where things are going to be out of control for the rest of the world.

Question 13: Now, there’s a very important question about whether Syria can be a unified, fully-sovereign country again. Is that really possible after all this that has happened?

President Assad: It depends on what the criteria of being unified or not is. The main factor to have a unified country is to have unification in the minds of the people, and vice versa. When those people look at each other as foreigners, they cannot live with each other, and this is where you’re going to have division. Now, if you want to talk about facts and reality, not my opinion, I can tell you no, it’s not going to be divided, and of course we’re not going to accept that, but it’s not about my will or about my rhetoric, to say we’re going to be unified; it’s about the reality. The reality, now, if you look at Syria during the crisis, not only today, since the very beginning, you see all the different spectrum of the Syrian society living with each other, and better than before. These relationships are better than before, maybe because of the effect of the war. If you look at the areas under the control of the terrorists, this is where you can see one color of the Syrian society, which is a very, very, very narrow color. If you want to talk about division, you have to see the line, the separation line between either ethnicities or sects or religions, something you don’t see. So, in reality, there’s no division till this moment; you only have areas under the control of the terrorists. But what led to that speculation? Because the United States is doing its utmost to give that control, especially now in the eastern part of Syria, to those terrorists in order to give the impression that Syria cannot be unified again. But it’s going to be unified; I don’t have any doubt about that.

Question 14: But why would the US do this if you’re fighting the same enemy: Islamic terrorism?

President Assad: Because the US usually have an agenda and they have goals. If they cannot achieve their goals, they resort to something different, which is to create chaos. Create chaos until the whole atmosphere changes, maybe because the different parties will give up, and they will give-in to their goals, and this is where they can implement their goals again, or maybe they change their goals, but if they cannot achieve it, it’s better to weaken every party and create conflict, and this is not unique to Syria. This has been their policy for decades now in every area of this world. That’s why, if you see conflicts around the world, after the British, the Americans are responsible for every conflict between different countries everywhere on this globe.

Question 15: Do you feel you’ve made any mistakes in dealing with this crisis and the civil war, when it started, if you look back?

President Assad: If I don’t make mistakes, I’m not human; maybe on daily basis sometimes. The more you work, the more complicated the situation, the more mistakes you are likely to make. But how do you protect yourself from committing mistakes as much as possible? First of all, to consult the largest proportion of the people, not only the institutions, including the parliament, syndicates, and so on. But also the largest amount of this society, or the largest part of the society, to participate in every decision.

While if you talk about the way I behaved toward, or the way I led, let’s say, the government or the state during the war, the main pillars of the state’s policy were to fight terrorism – and I don’t think that fighting terrorism was wrong – to respond to the political initiatives from different parties externally and internally regardless of their intentions, to make a dialogue with everyone – including the militants, and finally to make reconciliation; I don’t think we can say that this was wrong. So, about the pillars of our policy, I think the reality has proven that we were right. About the details, of course, you always have mistakes.

Question 16: Now, how much is it going to cost to reconstruct this country, and who is going to pay for this?

President Assad: Hundreds of billions, the minimum is two hundred, and in some estimations it’s about four hundred billion dollars. Why it’s not precise? Because some areas are still under the control of the terrorists, so we couldn’t estimate precisely what is the number. So, this is plus or minus, let’s say.

Question 17: Now, there is a lot of speculation, people say in order for a political solution to be viable, you might have to sacrifice yourself for the good of the country, you know this, that kind of speculation. Is that something that crosses you mind?

President Assad: The main part of my future, as a politician, is two things: my will and the will of the Syrian people. Of course, the will of the Syrian people is more important than my will; my desire to be in that position or to help my country or to play a political role, because if I have that desire and will and I don’t have the public support, I can do nothing, and I will fail, and I don’t have a desire to fail. After seven years of me being in that position, if I don’t have the majority of the Syrian people’s support, how could I withstand for more than seven years now, with all this animosity by the strongest countries and by the richest countries? Who supports me? If the Syrian people are against me, how can I stay? How could I achieve anything? How could we withstand? So, when I feel that the Syrian people do not want me to stay anymore, of course I have to leave without any hesitation.

Question 18: But you know, there is a lot of blood that has, you know, taken place, and all that, so can you see yourself sitting across from the opposition and sharing, you know, power in some way?

President Assad: When you talk about blood, you have to talk about who created that blood. I was president before the war for ten years, had I been killing the Syrian people for ten years? No, definitely not. So, the conflict started because somebody, first of all part of the West, supported those terrorists, and they bear the responsibility for this war. So first of all the West, who provided military and financial support and political cover, and who stood against the Syrian people, who impoverished the Syrian people and created a better atmosphere for the terrorists to kill more Syrian people. So, part of the West – mainly France, UK, and US, and also Saudi Arabia and Qatar and Turkey are responsible for this part. It’s not enough to say there is blood; this is a very general term. Of course there is blood; it’s a war, but who’s responsible? Those who are responsible should be held accountable.

Question 19: Now, it’s been a few years since you visited Greece. Your father had a very close relation with some of the Greek political leaders. How have the relations been between Greece and Syria these days, and what kind of message would you like to send to the Greek people?

President Assad: At the moment, there are no formal relations between Syria and Greece; the embassies are closed, so there are no relations. At the same time, Greece wasn’t aggressive towards what happened in Syria. It always supported a political solution, it never supported war or attacks against Syria. You didn’t play any role to support the terrorists, but at the same time, as a member – and an important member – of the EU, you couldn’t play any role, let’s say, in refraining the other countries from supporting the terrorists, violating the international law by attacking and besieging a sovereign country without any reason, without any mandate by the Security Council. So, we appreciate that Greece wasn’t aggressive, but at the same time, I think Greece has to play that role, because it’s part of our region. It is part of the EU geographically, but it’s a bridge between our region and the rest of Europe, and it’s going to be affected, and it has been affected by the refugee situation, and the terrorism now has been affecting Europe for the last few years, and Greece is part of that continent. So, I think it’s normal for Greece to start to play its role in the EU in order to solve the problem in Syria and protect the international law.

Journalist: Thank you very much Mr. President.

President Assad: Thank you.

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حزب الله «أصلي» في «بحر الروم»

أبريل 27, 2018

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الإشارة الأميركية الواضحة حول ضرورة إبعاد إيران عن البحر الأبيض المتوسط، دليلٌ على استعار مرحلة الصراع على خطوط نقل الغاز من السواحل الشرقية لهذا البحر إلى العالم.

ورد هذا «التنبيه الصارم» في تصريح للرئيس الأميركي ترامب أبان محادثاته مع ضيفه الفرنسي ماكرون، في ما يمكن اعتباره إقراراً غربياً بنجاح الحلف السوري ـ الروسي ـ الإيراني وحزب الله بالربط بين بحري قزوين والمتوسط بفواصل برية عبر إيران والعراق وسورية ولبنان.

للتوضيح فإن الاسم القديم التاريخي للمتوسط هو بحر الروم بسبب هوية القوى اليونانية الإغريقية والرومانية التي كانت تسيطر عليه. بالإضافة إلى أنّ العرب كانوا يكرهون البحر ولم يكن الترك وصلوا منطقتنا آتين من هضبة منغوليا وتركمانستان. وكانت سورية منقسمة ولاءات استعمارية متعدّدة.

وللأمانة التاريخية أيضاً فإن الأمويين حرّروا «بحر الروم» في معاركهم ضد الرومان، محطمين القول المأثور الذي كان معمولاً به في ذلك الوقت: «البحر.. إياك والبحر، الداخل إليه مفقود والخارج منه مولود».. وعندما عوتبوا على سيطرتهم على جزيرة قبرص، أجابوا باستراتيجية عميقة: وكيف نتركها وصياح الديكةِ فيها يُسمع في اللاذقية؟.. مطلقين على بحر الروم اسم بحر اللاذقية الذي ظل متمسكاً بهذا اللقب طيلة مرحلة السيطرة العربية على سواحله.

هناك توضيح إضافي وهي أنّ إيران موجودة عند شواطئ المتوسط عبر تحالفاتها وهي الدولة السورية عند سواحلها، وقاعدتان روسيتان في طرطوس وحميميم، و.. حزب الله المنتشر على طول سواحل لبنان للدفاع عنها ضد الاعتداءات البحرية الإسرائيلية.. وغيرها.

المنطقة إذاً وبعد تصريح ترامب تقع في قلب صراع بحري يشكّل بدوره امتداداً أصلياً للقتال البري العنيف بين القوى الكبرى في العالم والإقليم والمشرق العربي.. لمزيد من التحديد يمكن الجزم بأن هذا الصراع يشبه مرحلة الصراعات الدولية على موارد الطاقة، التي تجسّدت بالفحم الحجري في القرن 19 والنفط في القرن العشرين وبالغاز في القرن 21.. أما القوى المنخرطة عسكرياً في هذا الصراع فهي الولايات المتحدة ومعها أوروبا وروسيا وسورية وتركيا والعراق وإيران.. وحزب الله..

وهذا ليس مبالغة.. فالحزب تنظيم شعبي أخذ على عاتقه الدفاع عن لبنان في وجه العدو الإسرائيلي في مرحلة الدولة اللبنانية الضعيفة، مضطراً إلى التمدّد الإقليمي لمجابهة الإرهاب الذي يستهدف منطقة المشرق العربي بأسرها.. وعندما تبيّن له وجود تحالفات مموّهة بين هذا الإرهاب الوهابي ودول خليجية و«إسرائيل» برعاية أميركية ـ أوروبية، وجد نفسه منخرطاً في نظام تحالفات بدأت مع امتداده الطبيعي في سورية وإيران، وصولاً إلى الروس المتحفزين بدورهم للعودة إلى العالم من بوابته الرئيسية في الشرق الأوسط عند قلبه في سورية.

والحزب بما هو تنظيم تستند أيديولوجيته إلى الربط بين النفوذ الأميركي والكيان الإسرائيلي وطاعون الفكر الوهابي المتطرف، لا يبالي بالثروات المعدنية وموارد الطاقة، إلا لكونها من الضروريات التي تسهم في ازدهار الشعوب وتطور الدول. بمعنى أنه لا يمتلك مشروعاً خاصاً لوضع يده على مصادر الطاقة، كحال معظم المنتفعين والدول التي «تُهندس» حروبها على هدي آبار النفط والغاز والاستهلاك.. حزب الله «يهندس» حروبه على قياس مصالح شعبه وتقدّمه.

هذا ما وضع حزب الله في خانة القوى الأساسية المتصارعة في ميدان المشرق العربي وبشكل أكثر أهمية من كثير من الدول التي تزوّد الأميركيين والأوروبيين بآلاف مليارات الدولارات ليقاتلوا بها حزب الله وإيران وروسيا وهي قابعة ذليلة في قصور ألف ليلة وليلة.

نكتشف أنّ حزب الله «أصلي» في الصراع الإقليمي ووجد نفسه قوة كبرى لها وزنها في الصراع بين المحاور الأساسية المتقاتلة على «موارد الغاز». أما لجهة القوى المتقاتلة فهناك تركيا الحالمة بسبب موقعها الاستراتيجي، للعب دور محطة عالمية تستقبل الغاز من قطر عبر العراق وسورية عبر حدودها ومن لبنان وفلسطين المحتلة عبر المتوسط، ومن العراق من خلال الحدود المشتركة.. وتؤمن تركيا لهذه الخطوط مهام عدة. تسييل الغاز وإعادة تصديره إلى أوروبا عبر حدودها البرية والبحر الأسود والبحر المتوسط.

وهذا شكّل جزءاً من التباين المستجدّ بين أنقرة وواشنطن والذي يعود إلى أنّ الأميركيين لا يريدون لخطوط نقل الغاز أنّ تكتمل بشكل ينافسُ مخزونها الضخم من النفط والغاز الصخريين. أيّ أنها تفضل نشوب صراعات تسويقية إنتاجية بين «دول الغاز» لتستطيع تسويق مخزوناتها الضخمة..

ألا تنير هذه الخطط الأسباب التي أملت على الأتراك استعمال الإرهاب والإخوان المسلمين لتدمير الدولة الوطنية في سورية؟

ألا تفسّر هذه المشاريع مسارعة حزب الله لإرسال مجاهديه إلى الميدان السوري للقتال إلى جانب دولته؟

بالمقابل، يضيء هذا على مدى التورط التركي، الإسرائيلي الخليجي بالرعاية الأميركية، فاضحاً الأسباب التي أملت على أربعين دولة مشاركة في تدمير سورية؟ هناك أيضاً مشروع مصري مبني على اكتشافات حديثة لآبار غاز مصرية ضخمة ولعلها الأكبر في العالم.. ما أدى إلى انبثاق طموح مصري لتحويل «أم الدنيا» إلى محطة تسييل وتخزين وتسويق لغاز الشرق الأوسط نحو أوروبا من خلال سواحل مصر مع بحري المتوسط إلى أوروبا والأحمر إلى أفريقيا، وذلك عبر التعاون الغازي الذي بدأ بين مصر و«إسرائيل» بالصناعات المشتركة والتسويق ومع الأردن كمحطة مرور لخطوط الغاز الخليجية نحو مصر.

وهذا يشرح أيضاً أسباب تصاعد التناقضات المصرية ـ التركية حول قبرص وعلى مقربة من فوهات بنادق حزب الله.

كما يعطي تفسيراً عميقاً للدوافع التركية التي ذهبت لمحاولة السيطرة على مصر من خلال الإخوان المسلمين.. وفشلت لسببين: الشعب المصري.. الذي أسقطها بتحركاته، والدور الأميركي الذي غطَّى تحركاً لبعض تيارات الجيش المصري لمجابهة الإخوان المسلمين.

هذه هي المناخات التي سعى حزب الله إلى التعامل معها، في مهمة جهادية بالنسبة إليه ووطنية بالنسبة للبنانيين.. وهي مهمة الدفاع عن الشعب في وجه الإرهاب، وتحرير الأرض والاستمرار في الدفاع عنها أمام المطامع الإسرائيلية.. والدليل موجود في ما تفعله «إسرائيل» عند حدود لبنان البرية مع فلسطين المحتلة من تعدٍ ومحاولات اقتطاع أجزاء منها، بالإضافة إلى انتهاكاتها اليومية للأجواء اللبنانية.

ولا يمكن إقصاء محاولات «إسرائيل» للسطو على الغاز اللبنانية عند حدوده البحرية. وهي مزاعم تقف واشنطن منها موقف المتبني من وراء الستار الداعي إلى التعقل.. في نزاع يعرف الأميركيون أنه مفتعل لتأخير استثمار الغاز في لبنان لغايات لها علاقة بتسويق الغاز الإسرائيلي ومشاريع الولايات المتحدة بعرقلة خطوط نقل غاز شرق المتوسط إلى أوروبا عبر بلدان متنافسة أهمها مصر وتركيا وسورية.. أما «إسرائيل» فغير مقبولة بهذا الصدد.

حزب الله إذاً هو في قلب معركة الغاز في «بحر اللاذقية».. وكما أصاب بارجة إسرائيلية كانت تزهو بحجمها قبالة سواحل لبنان في 2006 وأغرقها، يؤدي اليوم دوراً تاريخياً يبدأ من تأكيد إلغاء الصفة «الرومية» على البحر المتوسط.. وهذا يعني الحدّ من الهيمنة الأميركية البحرية في المنطقة التي بدأت تشعُر بوجود منافسين لها على طول الساحل الشرقي للمنطقة في سورية ولبنان وبدعم روسي وإيراني.

ولروسيا مصلحة كبرى في هذا الصراع.. فهل يمكن نسيان أنها الدولة الأولى في إنتاج الغاز في العالم؟ وأنّ المشاريع الأميركية في الشرق الأوسط ترتكز على أساس محاصرة الإنتاج الروسي وعدم السماح بتسويقه من أجل جعل أوروبا تعتمد على النفط والغاز الصخريين الأميركيين؟

..إنها حروب الطاقة وحزب الله جزء منها من زاوية الدفاع عن ثروات السوريين واللبنانيين، متحالفاً مع روسيا وإيران لإنقاذ المنطقة من المشروع الغربي المتدثّر بعباءة محمد بن سلمان وأقرانه الخليجيين الذين ينثرون المال للمحافظة على عروشهم معتقلين شعوبهم في إطار القرون الوسطى وعصور الظلام.

IN VIDEOS, PHOTOS: GOVERNMENT FORCES DEVELOPING MOMENTUM IN SOUTHERN DAMASCUS

South Front

21.04.2018

In Videos, Photos: Government Forces Developing Momentum In Southern Damascus

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Syrian government forces are increasing pressure on militants in the Yarmouk refugee camp area in southern Damascus. According to reprots, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have made a series minor advances against both ISIS and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham there. The goal of the effort is to force militants to surrender and to to accept a withdrawal agreement. MORE HERE

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SYRIAN ARMY CAPTURES NEW POSITIONS FROM ISIS IN SOUTHERN DAMASCUS (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

On April 21, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Palestinian Liberation Army (PLA) continued their military operation against ISIS pocket south of the Syrian capital of Damascus.

They captured the al-Mujahedeen mosque in the southeastern part of al-Hajar al-Aswad district, according to Syrian pro-government sources.

Warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces supported the government advance carrying out a new wave of airstrikes against the fuel and ammo depots of ISIS in the al-Hajar al-Aswad district and the Yarmouk refugee camp.

The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that ISIS fighters had repelled two attack by the SAA on their positions in the southern parts of al-Qadam and Tadamon. ISIS fighters killed six soldiers of the SAA and captured their light weapons, according to the source.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the negotiations between the Damascus movement and ISIS is still ongoing and said that the deal is near.

According to Syrian pro-government activists, ISIS accepted most of the demands of the Damascus government on April 20. However, the SAA and its allies will not stop their military operation until the terrorist group approves and fulfills all the demands.

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Saudi Arabia in Syria: Between the Loss of Investment and Being Let Down by Trump

Ali Mrad

19-04-2018 | 07:54

Hours after the end of the tripartite aggression on Syria at dawn last Saturday, regional and Gulf capitals issued statements of support and congratulations. One of these statements came from the Saudi Foreign Ministry’s on Tuesday afternoon announcing Riyadh’s full support for the “military operations launched by the United States, the United Kingdom and France against Syrian military targets”. The Riyadh statement held Damascus responsible for what happened and accused the international community of “failing to take firm measures” against Syria. What Riyadh calls “inaction” reflects its chronic disappointment in Syria, having been disappointed by Obama in September 2013 after the first chemical film. And Trump seems to be repeating history today.

Saudi Arabia in Syria: Between the Loss of Investment and Being Let Down by Trump

After December 25, 2015, the date of the assassination of the leader of the “Army of Islam” [Jaysh al-Islam] Zahran Alloush, it became clear that Saudi dreams in Syria, especially in the Eastern Ghouta, were gone. Alloush represented an old Saudi investment that dates back to the time of his father Abdullah Alloush who injected the residents of Douma and Eastern Ghouta with Saudi Wahhabism. He spent his life in Saudi universities and schools, and his son Zahran followed in his footsteps.

In June 2015, Saudi Foreign Ministry documents published by WikiLeaks included the minutes of a meeting titled “Preparatory Committee Emerging from a Higher Committee to Study Topics Related to anti-Iranian Threats and Movements”. In the minutes of the mentioned committee’s meeting (which seems to have been held in the beginning of 2012), the fourth item from the recommendations explains the outlook of the Saudi regime towards the war in Syria, describing it as “the current battle with the Iranian regime on the domestic scene in Syria”. It explains its objective when it considers that

“it is absolutely impossible in any event to lose it [the battle] due to the consequences and dangers that may directly threaten the national security of the Kingdom and its strategic interests. “

From here, one can understand why the Saudis have always sent proposals to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that the war would end and that things would return to normal if he decided to sever his relationship with Tehran. They also relied on the US remaining in Syria due to Syria’s rejection of temptations. This was stated by the Saudi crown prince in an interview with Time Magazine at the end of last month.

Following the tripartite aggression on Damascus, the idea that the Saudis and the Zionists were still betting on the dismantling of the Russia-Iran-Syria alliance, which had secured many victories, was reinforced.

In his recent speech last Sunday, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah pointed to the “disappointment of some regional countries that bet that the tripartite aggression will destroy the Syrian air force and the positions of the Revolutionary Guards and allies.” It is no secret that both Tel Aviv and Riyadh basically wanted the Americans to target sites where the Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah were deployed. Immediately after the aggression, the Zionist lobby in the United States rushed to talk about “building on the first strike to take tougher steps toward Iran in Syria”. The aim, of course, is to focus pressure on Tehran, especially after the “Israeli” T-4 aggression, to push it to retreat from Syria.

This approach, which Riyadh has in common with Tel Aviv, was expressed by the Saudi crown prince during his recent visit to the United States. He did not miss an opportunity to give an interview there. He exaggeratedly cautioned about what he called the “Iranian threat” and the need for Washington to respond to it.

What consolidated the Saudi disappointment in the limit of the aggression is what the Wall Street Journal revealed. Two days ago, the newspaper reported that the Trump administration is considering a project to replace its forces in Syria with troops from Arab countries. The newspaper quoted US officials as saying that contacts were made with the Egyptians while Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar were told about the idea of sending their troops to replace the US forces because Trump – according to the newspaper and confirmed by the White House spokeswoman a few days ago – is insisting on withdrawing US forces from Syria as soon as possible.

Jim Reese, a retired Marine colonel (Delta Force), spoke about this plan in an interview with US broadcaster Fox News hours before the tripartite assault on Syria. Reese said he knew that the Pentagon is currently considering a plan for US allies to deploy in the areas where the Americans are located in Syria. He names Saudi Arabia and the UAE at the top of the list. He sets the area of deployment (which he says they own) from Ain al-Arab in the north heading downward to the last point controlled by the Americans along the Euphrates. He hinted that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the matter with Trump during his visit to Washington, adding that the goal is to form the East Euphrates Force that stands in the face of the Syrian and Iranian forces located west of the river.

Reese spoke about this plan in a second interview with Fox News hours after the tripartite aggression and in a third interview on Tuesday. The fact is that this plan existed since 2015 and is not new. Back then, Senator John McCain and Lindsey Graham (known for their strong ties to the Saudi regime) were eager to promote it.

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McCain and Graham proposed the idea of forming a ground military force made up of 100 thousand fighters. 90 percent of the armed forces would come from Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, while only 10 percent would be made up of the US-led Western forces. The objective of deploying this power, according to McCain and Graham, is to fight both President Assad and Daesh. They believed that the “threat of Assad’s survival” will strengthen Iran’s presence in Syria and will give a signal from Washington that it remains committed to defending its “allies” in the region, despite the negotiations on the nuclear agreement with Iran at the time.

It is very clear that the Trump administration knows very well that the task of protecting its 2,000 soldiers after launching the tripartite aggression against Syria has become a difficult one. So it seeks to calm the anger of the American populist movement (Trump’s electoral base) which rejects military adventures and to minimize its losses while ensuring what it calls “filling the void” in areas it controlled with troops from its satellites.

The Egyptians are busy fighting the terrorist groups in Sinai and controlling their borders with Libya. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are involved in Yemen, and Jordan is not interested in engaging in such a project that will expose it to danger. It is the one who seeks to restore its relationship with Damascus. And the Turks renewed their commitment to the Astana path after the tripartite aggression even though they declared their support for it. Thus, it is a stillborn plan as its implementation seems almost impossible. It is most likely that Trump may seek to raise the ceiling of the price of his withdrawal, which he is mainly demanding from the Saudis, by maneuvering and threatening to withdraw immediately unless Mohammed bin Salman pays the price he requests.

Source: Al-Ahed

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – APRIL 19, 2018: JOURNALISTS FIND BOY FILMED IN STAGED VIDEO OF CHEMIAL ATTACK IN DOUMA

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A group of Russian correspondents led by Evgeny Poddubny has found a boy filmed by the White Helmets in their video showing people “affected” by the alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7.

According to Poddubny:

  • 11-year-old Hassan Diab is fine;
  • He suffered no injures from the “chemical attack” because there was no attack (at least then and there);
  • The boy participated in the video for food (rice, dates and cookies).

Poddubny also contacted Hassan’s father – he also said that there was no chemical attack in the town.

The April 7 case was not the first time when the White Helmets and other pro-militant organizations used kids for propaganda purposes. During the battle for Aleppo in 2016, a photo of Omran Daqneesh after alleged strike by Russian warplanes became popular in the mainstream media (MSM) and then was used in a wide-scale campaign against the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance’s operation in the city.

After the liberation of Aleppo, Omran’s father accused militants of using his son as a propaganda tool and praised efforts of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to liberate the city.

Another widely known case is Bana al-Abed, that thanks to the MSM, became a popular twitter blogger constantly accusing the SAA of civilian casualties and other crimes during the operation to liberate Aleppo. De-facto, her content was one big accusation against the SAA.

The only problem is that Bana was almost unable to speak English in 2016 and her account was run by her mother, according to a later version designed to explain how the girl was able to produce all that text and video content.
Russian journalists are not alone in finding no evidence of the chemical attack allegedly conducted by the Assad government.

Pearson Sharp, a reporter of One America News Network also visited the city and found that all the locals say that the chemical attack had been fabricated by militants. Robert Fisk, a Middle East correspondent of The Independent, also visited the site and found no evidence of the attack. However, such reports from the ground face a strong criticism by or ignorance in the MSM.

On April 18, the SAA and the Tiger Forces launched a military operation against militants in eastern Qalamoun. Government troops advanced near the town of al-Ruhaybah and captured the Hawash area.

The advance took place as militants in al-Dumayr are surrendering their heavy weapons and preparing for evacuation. According to the state-run media, about 1,500 militants and 5,000 members of their families will withdraw towards Jarabulus.

The situation in the Rastan pocket was stabilized as the SAA and local militants reached a temporary ceasefire and agreed to re-launch negotiations on a reconciliation deal.

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SAUDI CROWN PRINCE ADMITS SAUDIS “FINANCED TERRORIST GROUPS”, BLESSES ISRAELI STATEHOOD

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE ADMITS SAUDIS “FINANCED TERRORIST GROUPS”, BLESSES ISRAELI STATEHOOD

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Originally appeared at Zero Hedge

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) admitted in a wide-ranging interview in The Atlantic that Saudi nationals have funded terrorist groups, and quite stunningly – that Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land  yet another indicator that the relationship between Riyadh and Tel Aviv is strengthening.

Saudi Crown Prince Admits Saudis "Financed Terrorist Groups", Blesses Israeli Statehood

When it comes to financing extremist groups, I challenge anyone if he can bring any evidence that the Saudi government financed terrorist groups. Yes, there are people from Saudi Arabia who financed terrorist groups. This is against Saudi law. We have a lot of people in jail now, not only for financing terrorist groups, but even for supporting them. –The Atlantic

Bin Salman’s comments come days after a U.S. judge rejected Saudi Arabia’s request to dismiss lawsuits accusing it of involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

The cases are based on the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (Jasta), a 2016 law that provides an exemption to the legal principle of sovereign immunity, allowing families of the victims to take foreign governments to court.

The families point to the fact that the majority of the hijackers were Saudi citizens, and claim that Saudi officials and institutions “aided and abetted” the attackers in the years leading up to the 9/11 attacks, according to court documents. Middle East Eye

MbS also told The Atlantic when asked if Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland:

I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land. But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations…  We have religious concerns about the fate of the holy mosque in Jerusalem and about the rights of the Palestinian people. This is what we have. We don’t have any objection against any other people. This is what we have. We don’t have any objection against any other people”

Saudi Arabia does not currently recognize Israel – maintaining for years that normalizing relations all depends on the withdrawal from Arab lands captured in the 1967 Middle East War – territory Palestinians claim to be theirs for the establishment of a future state.

There are a lot of interests we share with Israel and if there is peace,” MbS added. “There would be a lot of interest between Israel and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and countries like Egypt and Jordan”

Behold the “Coalition to fight terrorism”

Saudi Crown Prince Admits Saudis "Financed Terrorist Groups", Blesses Israeli Statehood

Recall that the first two stops Donald Trump made as President were Saudi Arabia and Israel, where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to discuss a coalition to fight terrorism – which, aside from the US and Israel, includes Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Jordan – assembled to fight the Islamic State and curtail Iran’s regional ambitions.

Last November, the 32-year-old bin Salman announced plans to “wipe terrorists from the face of the earth,” by forming a coalition of 40 Muslim countries to defeat ISIS.

Speaking at a summit of defence ministers from across 41 majority-Muslim countries he spoke of a need for a “pan-Islamic united front” against terrorism.

He said: “In past years, terrorism has been functioning in all of our countries… with no coordination among national authorities.

“That ends today, with this alliance.” –express.co.uk

The first official meeting of the new Muslim alliance was held a week later – just two days after an attack at a Mosque in Egypt killed over 300 people, including 30 children – in what was called the country’s worst terrorism incident.

Meanwhile, bin Salman traveled to Washington D.C. in March, where he began what’s been described as a cross-country road show to lure American firms and investment to Saudi Arabia – a crucial component of his “Vision 2030” plan to wean the ultraconservative kingdom’s economy off its reliance on oil.

Since being appointed heir to the thrown, MbS, 32, has embarked on what fawning US media have described as an “ambitious” reform agenda. He has earned-widespread praise for lifting restrictions on women driving while loosening rules around male-female interactions and also reining in the country’s religious police.

In an effort to wean the Kingdom off of its dependence on oil, MbS launched his Vision 2030 initiative – a plan that relies on foreign investment.

MBS Recognizes «Israelis» Right to Have Own Land

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MBS] has recognized “Israel”, stressing that “Israelis” are entitled to their own land.

MBS

In an interview with the The Atlantic published on Monday, MBS said, “I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the ‘Israelis’ have the right to have their own land.”

“But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations,” he added.

He added that kingdom has no problems with Jews and that “there are a lot of interests we share with ‘Israel’.”

He further noted that Saudi Arabia would establish economic ties with the Tel Aviv regime after conflict with the Palestinian Authority is settled.

The announcement is the latest step in the kingdom’s path moving towards normalization of diplomatic relations with the Tel Aviv regime.

On Friday, MBS met with the leaders of a number of pro-“Israeli” lobbying groups during his tour of the United States.

According to a leaked copy of his itinerary, the “Israeli” Haaretz daily reported that bin Salman had conferred with officials from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Stand Up for “Israel” (ADL), the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), Presidents’ Conference, B’nai B’rith and the American Jewish Committee (AJC).

Speaking in an interview with France 24 television news network on December 13, 2017, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the kingdom has a “roadmap” to establish full diplomatic ties with the Tel Aviv regime.

The “Israeli” military’s chief-of-staff, Gadi Eizenkot, recently said the regime was ready to share intelligence with Saudi Arabia on Iran.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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