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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on November 20th, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

The solution to Gaza is back to Syria!

says Tariq Alhomayed of Asharq Alawsat based in London, November 17, 2012


Unfortunately, there is now a race between the wars in our region, which means, every war serves to overshadow  another war.

In other words, these wars are nothing more than a headlong rush. Therefore, what is happening in Gaza now is an escape forwards, especially in the hope of [Syrian President] Assad, or at least ensures that the costs to topple him, will be higher for all. The greatest architect of such wars is Iran, for instance by means of unmanned drone Ayoub and the countless attempts on the Sinai Peninsula.

Since the front line in the Golan Heights  is not moving fast enough for Assad and Iran. they have chosen to move to the the Gaza strip, since it can explode in flames much quicker and will also be easier for Israel to react.

For Israel, the Gaza Strip is like a punching bag that can be used for training and muscle building, and if succeeded they would kill several birds in one shot.


In Gaza, Tel Aviv is able to crush Hamas and expose Egypt and Mursi  who will, in any case, become the biggest loser of this fight, no matter what he does. — If Mursi wins politically, he loses his popularity and vice-versa – if the Egyptian President fails to achieve any political wonder that shows his cleverness. — However,  he does not really have a choice.

As for Israel, an attack on the Gaza Strip is a strong message to Assad and it supports Iran, especially if it should come to an Israeli attack on Iran. Also, an enlarged attack on the Gaza Strip enhances the chances of Netanyahu in the upcoming elections.

But what about Syria? Well, the best solution for the war – or the air strikes – to end the Gaza Strip, is to return to the topic of Syria.

After all, those responsible for the downing of the homemade rockets from Gaza are fully aware that there is no power balance. The sole purpose was to save Assad, whose days are numbered, his successor is already waiting around the corner for him! It is also a war to distract the Arab actors – and we have seen today, how they outdo each other.

The Arabs cannot  therefore present a fundamental question: Who ignited the Gaza front? And why now? This is an essential issue, especially since [Hezbollah leader] Hassan Nasrallah calls the Arabs to put pressure on the U.S. to put an end to the aggression. Why does Nasrallah not  demand the backers of Iran in the Gaza Strip to stop plunging Gaza into the unknown? Why has he and Iran not demanded from Assad to end the violence against the Syrian people? It is all about outdoing  each other, and everybody is involved.

What I am saying is: Who knows what will happen?

The spirits could quickly turn against the sorcerer’s apprentice: If the Palestinian armed groups in Gaza, including Hamas, do not want to continue to fight because they cannot or if Israel does not want to continue the aggression, because it believes much was achieved already on various  levels. As for Egypt’s Mursi,  he is not n the position to solve that problem, however this is what the the international community wants.

Therefore, the best way to leave Gaza as soon as possible, is to turn back to Syria, since it is a spark which was ignited by Assad. The spirits should turn against the sorcerer’s apprentice, especially since everyone is already convinced of the threat posed by the Assad regime, and the need to overthrow it. The solution to Gaza is the return to Syria, and the acceleration of the fall of the criminal regime of the tyrant of Damascus.


The author is editor of the London-based newspaper “Asharq Alawsat” .
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We picked this up in German and there it was as follows:

Die Lösung für Gaza – zurück zu Syrien!

Von Tariq Alhomayed, asharq alawsat, 17.11.12

Unglücklicherweise gibt es in unserer Region mittlerweile so etwas wie ein Wettrennen der Kriege, das heißt, jeder Krieg dient dazu, einen anderen zu überdecken. Mit anderen Worten sind diese Kriege nichts anderes als eine Flucht nach vorn. Daher ist auch das, was gerade im Gazastreifen passiert, eine Flucht nach vorn, vor allem in der Hoffnung, [den syrischen Präsidenten] Assad zu retten oder zumindest sicherzustellen, dass die Kosten dafür, ihn zu stürzen, für alle höher sein werden. Der größte Architekt solcher Kriege ist der Iran, so etwa mittels der unbemannten Ayoub-Drohne und der ungezählten Versuche auf der Halbinsel Sinai.

Als die Front in den Golanhöhen sich für Assad und den Iran nicht schnell genug bewegte, haben sie sich an die Gaza-Front gehalten, da diese viel schneller in Flammen gesetzt werden kann, weil das auch für Israel einfacher ist.

Für Israel ist der Gazastreifen wie ein Sandsack, den man für Training und zum Muskelaufbau nutzen kann, während durch einen Erfolg im Gazastreifen mehrere Fliegen mit einer Klappe geschlagen würden. Im Gazastreifen ist Tel Aviv in der Lage, die Hamas zu zerschlagen und Ägypten und Mursi bloßzustellen, der in jedem Fall der größte Verlierer dieses Kampfes sein wird, egal, was er tut. Denn wenn Mursi politisch siegt, verliert er seine Popularität und umgekehrt – falls dem ägyptischen Präsidenten nicht irgendein politisches Wunder gelingt, dass seine Cleverness zeigt. Doch er hat nicht wirklich eine Wahl. Was Israel betrifft, so ist ein Angriff auf den Gazastreifen eine starke Botschaft an Assad und stutzt dem Iran die Flügel, vor allem, wenn es zu einem israelischen Angriff auf den Iran kommen sollte. Vor allem anderen vergrößert ein Angriff auf den Gazastreifen die Chancen Netanyahus bei den anstehenden Wahlen.

Was ist nun aber mit Syrien? Nun, die beste Lösung dafür, den Krieg – oder die Luftangriffe – im Gazastreifen zu beenden, ist es, zum Thema Syrien zurückzukehren. Denn wer immer auch für den Abschuss der selbstgemachten Raketen aus dem Gazastreifen verantwortlich ist, war sich dessen vollkommen bewusst, dass es kein Gleichgewicht gibt. Der einzige Zweck war, Assad zu retten, dessen Tage gezählt sind; seine Absetzung wartet schon um die Ecke auf ihn! Es ist auch ein Krieg, der die arabischen Akteure ablenken soll – und wir haben heute gesehen, wie sie einander überbieten.

Die Araber konnten daher eine fundamentale Frage nicht stellen, die da heißt: Wer hat die Gaza-Front angezündet? Und warum jetzt? Dies ist eine essentielle Frage, vor allem, da [Hisbollah-Chef] Hassan Nasrallah die Araber dazu aufruft, Druck auf die USA auszuüben, um der Aggression ein Ende zu setzen. Warum also verlangt Nasrallah nicht von den Hintermännern des Iran im Gazastreifen, damit aufzuhören, den Gazastreifen ins Ungewisse zu stürzen? Warum haben er und der Iran nicht von Assad verlangt, die Gewalt gegen das syrische Volk zu beenden? Es geht hier nur darum, einander zu überbieten, und alle machen mit.

Was ich sagen möchte, ist: Wer weiß schon, was passieren wird? Die Geister könnten sich schnell gegen den Zauberlehrling richten: Wenn die bewaffneten palästinensischen Gruppen im Gazastreifen, einschließlich der Hamas, nicht weiter kämpfen wollen, weil sie es nicht können; wenn Israel seine Aggression nicht weiter fortsetzen möchte, weil es glaubt, dass es schon viel erreicht hat, und das auf verschiedenen Ebenen. Und was das Ägypten Mursis betrifft, will oder kann es diese Krise nicht ertragen, noch möchte die internationale Gemeinschaft das.

Daher ist der beste Weg so schnell wie möglich Gaza zu verlassen und sich Syrien zuzuwenden, da das Feuer aus und in Gaza das Ergebnis eines Funkens ist, der von Assad entzündet wurde. Nun mögen sich also die selbstgerufenen Geister gegen den Zauberlehrling wenden, besonders, da ohnehin alle von der Bedrohung überzeugt sind, die das Assad-Regime darstellt und von der Notwendigkeit, es zu stürzen. Die Lösung für den Gazastreifen ist die Rückkehr nach Syrien und die Beschleunigung des Sturzes des kriminellen Regimes des Tyrannen von Damaskus.

Der Autor ist Herausgeber der in London erscheinenden Zeitung „asharq alawsat“.

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Going to the English postings of „asharq alawsat“ we picked up later the additional article by the same author – that amazes us.
In effect this second article expresses clearly the idea that the author thinks Israel is trying to back now al Assad as it thinks it benefits from the Middle East chaos that the Arab create in effect by themselves. The author is thus not a friend of Israel as the first article seems to imply.
The intricacies of the Middle East intrigue shall never end wondering us.
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Israel trying to save al-Assad!
13/11/2012
By Tariq Alhomayed

Tariq Alhomayed
Tariq Alhomayed is the Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, the youngest person to be appointed that position. Mr. Alhomayed has an acclaimed and distinguished career as a Journalist and has held many key positions in the field including; Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, Managing Editor of Asharq Al-Awsat in Saudi Arabia, Head of Asharq Al-Awsat Newspaper’s Bureau-Jeddah, Correspondent for Al – Madina Newspaper in Washington D.C. from 1998 to Aug 2000. Mr. Alhomyed has been a guest analyst and commentator on numerous news and current affair programs including: the BBC, German TV, Al Arabiya, Al- Hurra, LBC and the acclaimed Imad Live’s four-part series on terrorism and reformation in Saudi Arabia. He is also the first Journalist to conduct an interview with Osama Bin Ladin’s Mother. Mr. Alhomayed holds a BA degree in Media studies from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, and has also completed his Introductory courses towards a Master’s degree from George Washington University in Washington D.C. He is based in London.
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What is now clear from the Israeli military response – even if this is a limited one – against the al-Assad forces in the Golan Heights is that Israel is trying to save Bashar al-Assad and is working to drown the region in an ongoing state of chaos. This is in order to complicate the Syrian crisis, which in turn would prevent critical decisions being taken to hasten the toppling of the tyrant of Damascus.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution, we have seen the possible scenarios regarding al-Assad’s response – which are completely expected and contain nothing new – including setting fire to Lebanon, drowning Turkey in refugees, attempting to exploit Turkey’s Alawite community, as well as embroiling Jordan in the crisis and drowning it in refugees, dragging Iraq into the crisis via the gateway of sectarianism, and before all else, playing the sectarian card in Syria itself. However last but not least, we now see al-Assad involving Israel.

Of course, it is the al-Assad regime that is responsible for all this; it tried to provoke Turkey but failed, in the knowledge that if the Turkish army took action and reached the heart of Damascus it would find Arab support and cover. Al-Assad tried, and continues to try, to provoke Jordan, but Amman, for its part, continues to practice self-restraint. Al-Assad did what he did in Lebanon, whilst Beirut remains steadfast, however what is strange is that with the first al-Assad provocation towards Israel, Tel Aviv took action and responded!

We describe this as “strange” because what al-Assad has done recently in the Golan Heights – which have been quiet for nearly 4 decades – is precisely what Saddam Hussein did during the occupation of Kuwait. He launched “Scud” missiles at Israel in order to drag it into the crisis and “shuffle” the cards. At the time, then US President George Bush Senior confronted Israel and obliged it to exhibit self-restraint and not involve itself in the crisis surrounding the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait. Today, al-Assad is doing the same thing with Israel, and along the same line as Saddam Hussein. The issue does not require an abundance of intelligence to realize that al-Assad is trying to escape forward. In this case, why is Israel getting involved now and trying to save al-Assad by serving his interests? Why now, when we are witnessing quick and dramatic progress in the Syrian file, as well as military advancement in Damascus and political development at the level of the Syrian opposition which is now united, not to mention the positive international position towards this unity, which signals that al-Assad’s days are truly numbered? We say that this is “strange” because it is bizarre that al-Assad’s allies in this crisis should include Iran, Hezbollah and Israel! Of course, each party has their own motives, however these are destructive motivates that demonstrate the threat this tripartite represents to our region, not to mention al-Assad himself!

Al-Assad wants to drown the entire region in chaos; whilst Tel Aviv would have no objection in seeing the Syrian crisis last for decades and set fire to the entire encompassing region. Israel has no problem with Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon drowning in chaos, for the weaker Arab states become, the stronger Israel gets. This is what Tel Aviv wants, even with regards to Egypt. For so long as we Arabs our facing problems we have created with our own hands, Israel will not hesitate to pour fuel on the fire.

Therefore, it is imperative for there to be an effective diplomatic Arab stances towards the Israeli actions, as well as on the part of the international community, particularly the US and Britain. This is in order to see a similar position taken as that taken by George Bush Senior towards Israel during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait. Israel must not be allowed to “shuffle” the cards of the Syrian revolution and allow al-Assad the opportunity to extend the life of his regime whose collapse is inevitable.



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