The Israeli government has demanded that the world recognize its illegal seizure of the Golan Heights “because Syria is in pieces” and “without Israel, ISIS would be on the Kinneret” (the Sea of Galilee)—even though Israel continues to launch air raids against the anti-ISIS Syrian government.
According to a report in the Jerusalem Post, Israeli Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s Office, Michael Oren, said it was “time for the world to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel.”
“In contrast to negotiations with the Palestinians, there is no Syria to negotiate with,” Oren said, claiming that “without Israel there [in the Golan], the region would be jeopardized. ISIS would be on the Kinneret.”
The Al Masdar News service reported just last week that the Israeli Air Force carried out its second attack against Syrian forces this month, targeting forces stationed in the Golan Heights—the very forces fighting against ISIS in the direct area.
That report quoted Syrian government officials as saying that “Israel’s actions are clear; they are providing air support to the groups fighting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies, such as Hezbollah and Harakat Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary).”
Al Masdar went on to say that “Israeli officials have often spoken about the greater threat Hezbollah poses to their country than terrorist groups like the Islamic State and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate); this is meant to justify their monthly attacks on the Syrian government forces in western Syria.”
Israel’s continuing attacks on the anti-ISIS forces in Syria have led Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to label the Israeli Air Force as “Al-Qaeda’s Air Force.”
Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981 in a decision that was never recognized internationally, but, because of the power of the Jewish lobby in controlling the U.S. and other Western governments, the Jewish ethnostate has never faced sanctions over that—and other—illegal land grabs in the region.
In strong contrast, the Russian government was quick to publicly condemn the Israeli aggressions, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov condemning the latest Israeli bombing against Damascus International airport last week.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also slammed the alleged Israeli strikes, calling them unacceptable.
“Gross violations of Syrian sovereignty, no matter how they are justified, are unacceptable,” she said, adding that “Moscow condemns acts of aggression against Syria.”