Despite Free Syrian fighters' warnings, Israel fires on Syria again
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Despite Free Syrian fighters' warnings, Israel fires on Syria again

Tel Aviv : Israel | Nov 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM PST
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According to Turkey's Anadolu news agency, the Free Syrian Army warned Israel not to interfere in the Syrian issue and not to respond to Syrian attacks because the main target of the Syrian regime is to export its ongoing crisis, born 20 months ago, outside Syria. At the same time, the Israeli response is considered a lifeline to the Syrian regime.

Israel Radio has reported that Israel fired a warning shot into Syria on Monday for a second day running after a mortar round hit the Israeli-occupied half of the Golan Heights, an Israeli military spokesman said.

The spokesman said, “The army fired at the source of the fire in Syria.” The Syrian shell landed in an open area without causing any damage or injuries. It was not immediately clear if anyone was hit by the Israeli response.

Furthermore, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak clearly threatened Syria, saying, “A new fire into Israeli territory will lead to harder reaction, and Syria will pay the price.”

Earlier Sunday, Israel fired on Syrian forces for the first time in nearly four decades, after a mortar round from Syria hit an Israeli post in the Golan Heights.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to Syria and Israel to show restraint after the cross-border exchange bombing.

Ban's spokesman, Martin Nesirky, said after Sunday's fire: "The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the potential for escalation. He calls for the utmost restraint and urges Syria and Israel to uphold the disengagement agreement, respect their mutual obligations, and halt firing of any kind across the cease-fire line.”

On the other hand, the Syrian regime fully denied that Israel has bombed Golan. The Al-Watan newspaper, linked with Bashar al-Assad’s regime, confirmed that the people in Golan did not hear any bombing or explosion. At the same time, the Syrian army issued a statement Monday morning confirming the Israeli army did not fire any projectile on the Syrian territories on Sunday and threatened Israel with a strong response in case it attacks Syria.

Bear in mind that Israel occupied the strategically important Syrian territory in the Golan Heights in the 1967 war. Israel annexed the territory on Dec. 14, 1981, in a move never recognized by its Western allies or the international community.

In related news, the United States late Sunday declared its support for the united Syrian opposition. State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement that the US is looking forward to supporting the National Coalition as it charts a course toward the end of Assad's bloody rule and the start of the peaceful, just and democratic future that all the people of Syria deserve.

France has also given its full support to the coalition, as foreign minister Laurent Fabius called the agreement between the various factions a major step.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Syrian opposition’s decision to form a new coalition, agreed at the weekend in Doha, was “at least one big step forward.”

“A split opposition is of course a problem, so we need a more inclusive and more united opposition,” he said. Rasmussen also said that NATO, as an organization, will do what it takes to protect and defend Turkey: “We have plans to ensure that we protect and defend Turkey so that there are no attacks against it.”

Russia, the main ally of the Syrian regime, said the new opposition coalition should seek an end to the Syrian crisis by the Syrians themselves, without external interference, through dialogue and negotiations.

On Sunday night, the Syrian opposition signed an agreement to form a united coalition to accelerate the downfall of the Assad regime. It was signed by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Khatib Moaz, who had been elected president of the “National Coalition of Syrian opposition forces and the revolution,” and Georges Sabra, “head of the Syrian National Council (SNC),” which becomes the main component.

Opinion:

Israel responds to the Syrian attack knowing that it offers service to the Syrian regime. However, I have already mentioned in previous reports on Allvoices that Israel wants to keep the Syrian regime as governor of Damascus because it provides security and stability to its borders. Of course, Israel's allies are sure of this, so there is slowness in providing serious support to the Syrian opposition.

I think the Free Syrian Army did not ask Turkey not to respond to the Syrian aggressions because if a war occurs between Turkey and Syria, it would be to eliminate the regime and help the opposition.

Nevertheless, in the Israel case it is different, as the Free Syrian Army threatened Israel and asked it not to intervene at all. The reason that, in case of a war between Syria and Israel, the Syrian regime will regain the sympathy of Arab public opinion after losing it in its bloody war carried out against its own people. Thus, despite the expected losses of the Syrian regime, the war will be a lifeline for Assad and his gang.

To make it for clear for Allvoices readers, the Free Syrian Army welcomes a war between Turkey and Syria but not between Israel and Syria, for the reasons I mentioned in the previous paragraph.

The Syrian opposition has been formed in a better way than the Libyan opposition, which was supported by the international community despite the lack of clarity. However, the Libya opposition is being lucky because it is "Libyan" and will pay the invoice for its liberation from its oil!

I guess that if the international community did not take a serious move after the new formation of the Syrian opposition, it means quite frankly that it is giving international approval to the Syrian regime to continue its massacres against the Syrian people.

On the ground, still the madness of murder by the Syrian regime is still going on, carried out either by warplanes or tanks. At the same time, some information that was also confirmed by an Al Arabiya correspondent stated that the heroes of the Free Syrian Army have shot down a military helicopter over the Hamdan airport in Syria's eastern Deir Ez-zor province.

Moreover, other information confirms that the Free Syrian Army has reached the Syrian coast areas and these areas will soon witness battles against the regime. My own sources confirmed that the Free Syrian army is getting support from the people living in these areas, despite the fact that most of the inhabitants therein are of Allawites sect.

Sources:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/israel-opens-fire-on-syria-again-16236659.html

http://news.yahoo.com/israel-again-fires-syria-response-golan-shelling-124953638.html

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/60436-nato-chief-says-ready-to-help-turkey-if-needed

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4304098,00.html

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saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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