After Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, what's next?

Why does Assad need the Golan Heights when he is the first to enjoy ripping Syria apart and doling the parts to allies, friends and even foes?
Tuesday 02/04/2019
A red line crossed. A Syrian army soldier stands at a checkpoint at the Quneitra crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria, March 26. (Reuters)
A red line crossed. A Syrian army soldier stands at a checkpoint at the Quneitra crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria, March 26. (Reuters)

As usual, US President Donald Trump acted in accordance with his own personal interests and gave Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu what other US presidents could not deliver. In exchange, he will continue to enjoy the support of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington and that of Israel.

Arabs, on the other hand, with their tribes be they ruling or in the opposition, have done nothing more than what they have usually done for decades when a European or American dagger was planted in their backs: They simply continued to be Europe’s and the United States’ allies, friends and loyal servants.

As to our domesticated, disabled and desensitised populations, we should honestly not blame them for they have no means available other than protesting loudly and praying to Allah to smite the oppressors and the aggressors with his wrath.

Reports stated that as soon as Trump announced his recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the Israeli Defence Forces deployed snipers and anti-riot units along the border with Syria, in anticipation of possible marches or demonstrations. For that purpose, they stocked up on tear gas, rubber bullets and some real bullets, just in case.

There is nothing new in the story just told. Everything happened as expected, except perhaps for one or two new details.

The first detail concerns the laconic reaction of the grand state of velayat-e faqih. For years, senior generals of the mighty state of Iran have promised the Palestinians that they will wipe out Israel in three days. This time, Iran issued a short statement to say that the American president's declaration was "unacceptable."

The second strange detail was the declaration by the Assad regime insisting that it is determined to liberate the Golan Heights from Israeli occupation but with the help of its friends the Iranians and the Russians “come tide or high water.”

The Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari said the Golan Heights “are our land and we will take them back sooner or later.” The official Syrian news agency SANA quoted a source at the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying: “Syria condemns in the strongest terms the irresponsible remarks of US President Donald Trump on the occupied Syrian Golan, which reconfirms the blind US bias towards the Zionist occupier and its unlimited support for its aggressive behaviour.”

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s Foreign Ministry did not forget to reiterate that "the statements of the American president and his administration on the occupied Syrian Golan will not change the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian. The Syrian people are more resolute and determined than ever on liberating this precious part of the Syrian national territory by any means possible and bring it back to the homeland, regardless of what anybody might say now or later.”

Russia, that great ally of the Syrian regime, did not do any better than Iran. “It's just an invitation so far,” commented Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Piskov at a news conference. “Let's hope it stays that way.” Then, speaking of Trump, he said: “He is threatening to seriously destabilise the Middle East and is harming the efforts to reach a peaceful settlement in the region.”

There is no need to review the dozens of other hypocritical statements, especially from the Turkish presidency or the Arab League, or the tonnes of comments and threats that flooded social network sites.

They were no different from what was said during the many other calamities that befell the Palestine since its historical rape in 1948. Our so-called united Arab nation and its Muslim sister nations are the best in the entire universe in the art of cursing, vociferating and making threats for a day or two, then everything goes back to normal. The anger subsides and the crime is swallowed just like the ones before it.

Why does Assad need the Golan Heights when he is the first to enjoy ripping Syria apart and doling the parts to allies, friends and even foes, just for the sake of keeping his rocking chair in these treacherous times?

Another nagging question: The velayat-e faqih, Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah have all promised the men and women of Palestine to wipe Israel out of existence. Will they do it? We will wait to see how they intend to fulfil that promise.