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January 20, 2015

Israel's Golan Attack Turns Heights Into An Active Resistance Zone

As response to the Israeli attack on the Iranian commander in Syria Iran and Hizbullah will open an active new front in Golan heights:

"The response will be firm and decisive.” This, in short, was the Iranian reaction to the Israeli attack in the Syrian province of Quneitra, which killed a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG), among others. The Iranian reaction indicates the possibility of opening the Golan front, where work is underway to build the necessary infrastructure.
Islamic Shura Council head Hussein Sheikh al-Islam said that “the resistance will open the Golan front in response to the Zionist aggression, which was a grave miscalculation by this entity.”

“Without intelligence assistance from terrorist groups in Syria, the Zionist entity would not have managed to execute this operation,” the aim of which is “to please the extremist groups in the Zionist entity and serve electoral objectives.”

The terrorist groups Israel is cooperating with is mainly Jabhat al-Nusra the AlQaeda affiliate in Syria.

The Israeli hit on the high ranking Iranian and Hizbullah targets will have significant repercussions and Israel may have miscalculated the extend to which this will come true.

There are already feeble efforts by the Israel to avoid the consequences of its deed:

An Iranian general killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria was not its intended target and Israel believed it was attacking only low-ranking guerrillas, a senior security source said on Tuesday.

The remarks by the Israeli source, who declined to be identified because Israel has not officially confirmed it carried out the strike, appeared aimed at containing any escalation with Iran or the Lebanese Hezbollah guerrilla group.

"We did not target the general and, by the way, here is a well maintained bridge for sale."

In the 80s and 90s Israel tried to turn the south of Lebanon into a comfort zone for itself by supporting the rogue forces of the South Lebanese Army. Hizbullah was founded to counter that force and a few years later Israel and its mercenaries were thrown out of the country.

During the last two years Israel tried the same strategy on the Golan demarcation line with Syria organizing and supporting Free Syrian Army gangs and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists. Syria and Hizbullah had responded to this by fortifying position in the Golan and preparing defenses on the heights. Both had refrained from active attacks on that front.

But with the attack on the Iranian general and high Hizbullah commanders Israel has opened a new chapter and in reaction to that Hizbullah and Iran will turn the Golan heights into an open front of active combat against Israel. The game changed because Israel disregarded the established rules.

It will take time but the whole of Golan, just like south Lebanon before, will be an increasing unfriendly area for Israel and the cost to further hold on to it will over time become prohibitive.

Posted by b on January 20, 2015 at 15:37 UTC | Permalink

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Anon, you have gone from credulous to ludicrous!

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 22 2015 16:54 utc | 101


You deny millions of Syrians voted for Assad in the last election? If thats the case you are making up your own facts obviously.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 22 2015 17:02 utc | 102

Lone Wolf will now be told he doesn't get satire.

No, upon closer inspection, I concede that you and Lone Wolf are correct. Assad's head isn't unusually large, at least not literally, it's his neck. His neck is unusually elongated like that of a giraffe. Thanks for helping me see the light.

Syrial Killer

Posted by: Cold N. Holefield | Jan 22 2015 17:46 utc | 103

Anon, keep digging. I think Assad received an impressive 98% approval. Have you noticed that when a dictator has elections they always receive near universal support? Mubarak and al Sisi in Egypt are other examples of this miraculous phenomenon, God/Allah must be on their side.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 22 2015 18:09 utc | 104


No he didnt recieve "98%", you have obvious problem to explain the fact that millions put their votes on him.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 22 2015 21:19 utc | 105


The narrative in your link makes it clear, to me at any rate, that blinding the cyclops needs to be well up on the agenda for those resisting the Israeli Wehrmacht in the Middle East.

It might be more 'satisfying' to waste an Israeli general or politician's son, tit-for-tat, in retaliation - but not really.

Bunging up the cyclops' eye(s and ears and nose and sense of touch) will be much more satisfying in the long run.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 23 2015 0:13 utc | 106

@104 wow. in the case of sisi, i am sure there was no shortage of us-rael assistance to keep a military dictator in, given the uss/israels role in supporting mubarak.. funny how mubarak got set free after sisi got in too. if you think that is the magic of islam, you need to keep up with reality more. as for assad, what right do you think the usa or the west has to go around making war on other countries? is arrogance some type of god given right of the west, the usa in particular? and finally, if you think the west, usa in particular has a democray, as opposed to plutocracy, you need to wake up..

Posted by: ..james | Jan 23 2015 6:05 utc | 107

James, I stated earlier that the US democracy/elections were a farce.

If the US machinations in Syria weren't happening Assad would still be a bloody dictator and the fact that they are doesn't change that fact. Opposing US hegemony is one thing, supporting Assad is another although I support the Syrian people not their government.

Assad could have stepped down before the US and others were heavily involved and avoided most of this madness but he chose to cling to power and the Syrian people are paying the price.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 23 2015 6:34 utc | 108


You dont "oppose US hegemony", in post 108 you blame Syria when US intervene, and if you think US began to get rid of Assad 2011 you are horrific uninformed and show you dont understand the region/and/or US goals.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 23 2015 7:54 utc | 109

@108 wow... they said the same about saddam, gadaffi, amadenjad not to mention assad and putin more recently... let's call a spade a spade.. the us/uk/israel and much of the cowtowed rest of the west are one sick lot that think they can keep on re-inenting the next hitler in any of them while hoping some of us are stupid enough to believe it.. one could be forgiven to start to thibking that the re-created hitler is the west with there endless and needless wars and covert actions that murder as many innocent people as they now do..

if someone was to ask me who the enemy is, aside from our collective ignorance, i know what direction i will continue to point in.... i rest my case...

Posted by: ..james | Jan 23 2015 8:48 utc | 110

James, most everything you write is valid but that doesn't change Assad's regime into anything other than a dictatorship. Up until 2011 the US was using Syria for its black site CIA torture, directed by Assad's security agents.

The people of Syria rose up and demanded change in a mostly nonviolent movement that was brutally crushed by the Assad Regime. Don't try to deny those brave people their agency just because the US has taken advantage of the situation for their version of regime change.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 23 2015 15:58 utc | 111


You seems very confused, earlier you said that western politicians arent democrats so why do you whine so much about "dictator!1!1!!" since for you, it obviously doesnt mean anything anyway?

Don't try to deny those brave people their agency just because the US has taken advantage of the situation for their version of regime change.

Ah thats cute, typical naive liberal viewpoint.

Posted by: Anomymous | Jan 23 2015 16:36 utc | 112

Anon, please enlighten this naïve liberal, HA, about what happened during the civil part of this uprising.

While you are at that task why not explain why you support this despot who was a voluntary tool of the CIA torture regime.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 23 2015 18:18 utc | 113


As I said earlier, reform proposals were rebuffed.
As to your second question, you wonder why Syria helped US with people that are considered enemies of Syria? World isnt "manichean" to use your favorite word apparently.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 23 2015 18:35 utc | 114

Anon, so now you support torturers so long as they torture the correct people.

Perhaps Manichean is too antiquated a description and Liberal Relativist and Revisionist may be more appropriate.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 23 2015 19:16 utc | 115


The manichean thing was directed towards you that seems to believe that states are all good/ all bad.
For example according to you:
Syria is all bad ("a tool of Iran"),
IRan is all bad (dictatorship versus liberalism/democracy).
Hezbollah should not support Syria (because Hezbollah is "all bad" just like Syria/Assad "is all bad).

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 23 2015 20:08 utc | 116

@wow. assad isn't a nice guy, of that i am sure. and it is a type of dictatorship as well. i don't agree with the cocept of regime change however, especially the way it has been practiced by the same exceptional nation that is happy to support brutal dictatorships in the past and present - saudi arabia or bahrain for example.. you see regime change only seems necessary in certain countries where the usa/israel isn't getting it's exceptional way with everything.. how do you explain the usa's support for the head chopping nation of whabbist saudi arabia? there some to be real inconsistancies in all this.. i think you would benefit from considering all this.

Posted by: ..james | Jan 24 2015 0:10 utc | 117

James, I've tried to make clear that I also have never supported US driven regime change or support for the dictators it supports such as those you mention. I do support the people of affected countries when they attempt to overthrow unjust rulers but the US has infiltrated many of those movements recently such as in Ukraine. This is a new menace but it shouldn't stop someone from supporting grassroots rebellions and opposing degenerate rulers.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 24 2015 0:44 utc | 118

@118 wow.. can you recognize how things get worse with these covert colour revolutions and worse that are the feel good politics on a professional con job? let the people of those countries work it out and stop the meddling in other countries affairs is the only thing i can support. supporting the soros and nulands of the 'unfree world' is just a lot of bullshit which the ordinary ukee is hopefully now coming to see... how could anyone support there constant self motivated meddling, when they have only one objective in looting ukraine? of course supporting oligarchs is not something i am up for either, but notice how they in collaboration with these same unscrpulous characters are the one's advocating war and more war on eastern ukee?

i reject the whole package... you seem to want to retain the pretty packaging, while ignoring what it comes with...

Posted by: ..james | Jan 24 2015 7:15 utc | 119


I do support the people of affected countries when they attempt to overthrow unjust rulers..

Which of course is the same argument we hear from Washington.
Unjust rulers?! According to who? As I have already told you Assad is elected by millions of votes. Is facts too hard to deal with for you?

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 24 2015 9:26 utc | 120

wow.. i apprciate that you take the time to outline your position in a thoughtful manner... we may not be so far apart in many regards, so thanks for your comments.

Posted by: ..james | Jan 24 2015 9:32 utc | 121

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