Syria to Israel: “Accept Arab Peace Plan or We’ll Attack You”

The basis of this threat from Syria is their wish to have the Golan Heights returned to them.
During the Six Day War, back in 1967, Israel took the Golan Heights from Syria. In 1981, Israeli government passed a law officially making it a part of Israel.
Now before you start calling “foul” on Israel, it’s important to understand what was happening in the Golan Heights before the war in 1967.
Strategically, the Golan Heights are approximately 3,000 feet (1,000 m) above neighboring Israel. This area was used often to shell Israeli civilian farming communities. Forgive this “tongue and cheek” comment, but it could almost be described like this:
“Hey Mohamed, we have some extra 105mm artillery shells this week. Let’s drive up to the Heights and shoot them at those pesky civilian Jewish farmers in the valley.”
During the Six Day War, the shelling increased significantly.
Israel took the Heights in order to stop the indiscriminate shelling of their civilians.
With the sophistication of today’s modern weaponry, Israel cannot afford to allow Syria to have the Golan Heights back. There is no reason to believe that Syria would not immediately resume firing on civilian targets within hours of receiving the Heights.

Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal threatened on Monday evening to return the Golan Heights to Syrian hands “by way of resistance if Israel [rejects] the Arab peace initiative.”

Bilal did not elaborate, but some analysts raised the possibility of either a full scale conventional war or a terror campaign in the Golan as one of the means to undertake a mukawama (“resistance” in Arabic).

After saying that “Syria wishes to revive the peace process with Israel with the help of US and Russian mediators,” Bilal immediately added a threat, saying that “if Israel [rejects] the Arab peace initiative, the only way to get the Golan Heights back would be the way of resistance.”

Bilal’s belligerent remarks followed on the heels of a visit by Syrian-born American businessman Abe Suleiman to Jerusalem last week.

Suleiman promised the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that “peace with Syria could be achieved within six months.”

George Jabour, a Syrian member of parliament, said Suleiman was speaking on his own behalf and was in no way affiliated with the Syrian leadership. “Suleiman has zero credibility in the eyes of Syrians,” Jabour said.

Bilal echoed Jabour’s statements in an interview he gave on Syrian TV on Saturday, quoted by SANA (the Syrian Arab News Agency). He said that all the Syrian people stood behind President Bashar Assad’s leadership for the achievement of just and comprehensive peace in the region.

He defined this “just and comprehensive peace” as the restoration of the “whole occupied Syrian Golan,” what remained of the Lebanese territories under occupation, and the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Bilal also demanded the recognition of the Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homeland.

While Bilal echoed the tenets of the Arab peace initiative, rejected by Israel wholesale, his demands went beyond the more recent Saudi initiative, which remains vague on the question of the right of return.

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2 Responses to “Syria to Israel: “Accept Arab Peace Plan or We’ll Attack You””

  1. Eagle Voice says:

    Have you noticed that a Christian business person who professes their faith publicly in the workplace can become the target of athiest and agnostic bloggers? We need help from Christian bloggers like you. People should not be able to print damaging lies and get away with it. Please pray. More on the story…

    Friday, April 13th, Christian businessman, Kirk Leipzig, owner of J.L. Kirk and Associates, an employment consulting firm using a fee-for-service business model began to receive harassing phone calls and cancellations of appointments at an alarming rate. This was quite unusual for the young company known for its high success rate in finding higher paying jobs for highly qualified individuals. Investigations into the source of the matter pointed to a local blogger who had accompanied her husband on his second interview at the Nashville, Tennessee office of J.L. Kirk. This local online reporter, who makes her journalistic mark by looking for controversy in everything from her local library’s lack of parking spots to The Weigh Down Workshop, began denigrating the J.L. Kirk organization, especially their Christian atmosphere and Christian music on the lobby sound system.
    The misleading information along with completely false statements began a small blog storm pointing to Christians who participate in unethical business practice. Kirk Leipzig, believing truth to be more powerful than the internet, consulted his company’s legal representation who found the blog entries to be so libelous and untrue; they sent a “cease and desist” letter to the blogger simply asking for the statements to be removed from her site. There was no suit filed or any intention of a lawsuit, if the untrue damaging material was removed from the site. This letter precipitated an onslaught of blog attacks and online smear campaigns against Kirk Leipzig that included filth, horrible phone calls, and even death threats to him and his staff, all because of a ‘threat to sue a blogger’.
    A torrent of bloggers ensued to seek and destroy a man who dared to hold a blogger to truth, and dared to be unapologetic about his faith in his place of business. The affect on Kirk Leipzig’s business has been devastating, but not nearly as devastating as the problem with blog-attacks on the American economy. Companies now must employ entire teams to help protect their online reputations with costs skyrocketing into the millions. These costs will ultimately be passed to consumers, giving the bloggers even more to write about.
    This surge in online ‘popularity’ has also brought Kirk Leipzig waves of support from corporate heads and business people the world over. As it turns out, blog attacks on corporations are commonplace. Blog attacks are often followed by complaints to The Better Business Bureau and listings on an extortion-based site called, The Rip Off Report. Businesses and corporations are now daily targets by anyone who has a negative agenda and a free blog. These bloggers are protected by the large search engines who are motivated solely by money, and never by truth of material. Business people pay organizations huge sums of money to try to clear their names and reputations by what begins as an ‘innocent teasing of the First Amendment’. Business is afraid of bloggers, and while wanting to fight for truth and justice, they spend exorbitant sums to the internet blackmailers and remain silent, afraid, hoping the storm will pass. One man stands for truth, and trusts God to fight his battles. Armed with a ‘heart after God’ and a desire to clear lies from his name, Kirk Leipzig stands as a Christian in business, believing that means something.

  2. Steve says:

    Eagle Voice,
    Thanks for the information. We should always pray for and try to support, with our own businesses, fellow Christians. I’m doing this right now with my friend Mr. Doug Westbrook and his Bible Story Murals (biblestorymurals.com).
    I read over quite a few of the complaints on the internet and there are quite a few. Differences in opinion or real complaints? It’s hard to tell sometime.
    What I do know is that Satan will use any method at his disposal to tear down Christians and the message of Christ that they are trying to tell.
    Keep praying for Christian businesses!!
    God Bless!!
    -Steve

    PS
    Are you “EagleAngel” by chance?

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