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Israel’s war on Syria continues

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

ISRAELI war planes carried out a wave of air-strikes on targets around the Syrian capital of Damascus this week. Although the Damascus air defence system intercepted most of the missiles some did get through, wounding seven Syrian soldiers and causing some material damage.

Stanislav Grospič, the Czech Communist MP who is the Head of the Czech Parliamentary Group for Friendship with Syria, condemned the Israeli air-raid stressing that it represents one of the new and clear examples of the violation of international law by the Israeli entity.

Grospič said: “The repeated acts of aggression and sabotage committed by the Israeli entity against Syria…and the terrorism practiced by the Israeli occupation against the Syrians in the Occupied Syrian Golan…confirm the level of the racist Israeli regime’s contempt for the international law and human rights.”

The Czech communist said that the shameful mistake of the Western states who ignore Israeli aggression reflected the moral degradation to which these states have sunk.

Israel regularly uses its current air superiority in southern Syria to hit targets they claim are Iranian bases that threaten the security of the Zionist entity.

Some believe they are designed to boost the flagging morale of the terrorist gangs that still operate in Syria under US and Turkish protection to maintain the Israeli presence in what’s left of the NATO sphere of influence in Syria under US and Turkish occupation.

Others suspect that the latest Israeli provocations are just another manoeuvre by Benjamin Netanyahu to prop up his shaky grand coalition, which has been rocked by anti-government protests that have now gone beyond the traditional communist left and Israeli Arab community. Israelis have taken to the streets to protest against the Netanyahu-led government’s handling of the economy and the health service during the current pandemic, forcing the government to restore a number of preventative measures to combat a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks following the lifting of safety regulations.

Gyms and exercise studios, except those for professional athletes, have been closed. Restaurants and cafes can now only provide take-away and home-delivery services. In hotels, restaurants must limit the occupancy to 35 per cent of the total capacity in order to continue working.

Israel’s unemployment rate has increased to 21 per cent, compared with the pre-pandemic rate of less than four per cent; and Netanyahu faces corruption charges and three indictments for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.

This wasn’t what was meant to happen. The reactionary Israeli leader imagined he was going to be basking in glory this month following the annexation of the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank under Donald Trump’s ludicrous “peace plan” that nobody, apart from the Israelis, has accepted. That wasn’t a problem for Netanyahu or The Donald, whose grasp of international politics is limited to put it mildly.

But the wave of protests following the murder of George Floyd in the USA has seen a slump in Trump’s popularity and his re-election in November is now seriously in doubt.

Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger, is no friend of the Arabs. But Biden is certainly closer to Netanyahu’s rival and coalition partner, Benny Gantz, and he’s certainly not going to implement Trump’s “deal of the century” if he takes the White House at the next election.

Netanyahu had planned to announce the annexation of the Jordan Valley on 1st July. It’s now been put on hold.