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Israel Opposes Peace in Syria

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

So do bipartisan neocons infesting Washington. Complicit with Netanyahu’s extremist regime, they want endless war, regime change, pro-Western puppet rule replacing Assad, and elimination of Syrian sovereignty.

Along with isolating Iran ahead of likely initiating regime change plans against the Islamic Republic, that’s what US-launched aggression in Syria is all about. The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. Taking out one country weakens the other.

Russia’s intervention at Assad’s request significantly changed the dynamic on the ground, shifting the balance of power, making steady progress in smashing US-backed terrorists – yet way short of eliminating them given their foreign support.

On Sunday, Netanyahu voiced opposition to the Russia/US brokered southern Syria ceasefire deal, falsely claiming it “perpetuate(s)” Iranian and Hezbollah presence in the country near Israel’s border, “chang(ing) the picture in the region from what is has been up to now.”

Russian forces were deployed to Daraa in southern Syria to monitor and try enforcing ceasefire in the area, multiple daily violations still occurring. US-supported terrorists reject the deal.

Netanyahu’s real objection is wanting nothing altering longstanding plans to eliminate Syria and Iran as sovereign independent rivals to Israel’s long sought regional dominance.

That’s what his concern is all about, not Iranian and Hezbollah influence near its borders, posing no threat to Israel’s security.

On Monday, Russian upper house Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Konstantin Kosachev said the Moscow/US ceasefire deal won’t be revoked to appease Israel. It’ll have to find a way “to live with this,” he stressed.

Separately, Sergey Lavrov discounted Netanyahu’s alleged concerns, saying all parties, including Israel, agreed to the deal when announced, explaining:

“I can guarantee that the American side and we did the best we can to make sure that Israel’s (alleged) security interests are fully taken into consideration.”

The agreement limits Israeli attempts “to act against” Assad unilaterally. On Sunday, Netanyahu discussed the deal with Rex Tillerson by phone.

He expressed concern about Russian forces near its border, responsible for trying to enforce ceasefire.

On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Washington will coordinate with Israel, “making sure that Iran does not gain any foothold militarily, base-wise in southern Syria. We are going to continue those talks” with Netanyahu.

Given US/Israeli rage for endless war and regime change in Syria, conflict resolution won’t come easily, for sure no time soon.

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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.