SYRIA ISSUES ULTIMATUM TO ISRAEL: LEAVE THE GOLAN HEIGHTS OR BE ATTACKED

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Syria has notified Israel through United Nations diplomatic channels that it is prepared to go to war if Israel does not leave the Golan Heights. 

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad reportedly sent the message through the head of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), Christine Lund, which said tersely:  “Syria will attack Israel if it does not leave the Golan Heights.”

Mikdad further warned Lund that Syria will respond with force should Israel continue its attacks on Syria, which have occurred more than a dozen times over the past year, but which seem to have recently paused following Russia's announced delivery of the advanced S-300 anti-air missile defense system to Damascus late last year.  

“We will not hesitate to confront Israel,” Syria's Mekdad said. “We are also not scared away by its [Israel’s] supporters who are helping to perpetuate the occupation of the Golan,” he added.

Damascus' firm warning appears a response to a controversial bill recently under renewed consideration by US Congress, co-sponsored by Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton, and Democratic Rep. Mike Gallagher, which aims to give formal US recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights region.

Meanwhile, multiple Israeli political leaders have responded to Syria's historic claim to the Israeli-occupied Golan and willingness to go to war over it. While speaking on a visit to the Golan Heights, Blue and White party politicians Gabi Ashkenazi, Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz and Moshe Ya'alon vowed, "It is ours and it will stay ours" — certainly a dominant sentiment that cuts across Israeli party lines. 

 

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    Carl Goldsworthy · 2 months ago
    "certainly a dominant sentiment that cuts across Israeli party lines. "

    Thieves hang together.
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    Gifford Rodine · 2 months ago
    Sarcasm Alert: Hal, can you find out where Syria will be locating their new capitol city?
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      Carl Goldsworthy · 2 months ago
      Newsflash just in...
      An Israeli court declared ownership of Golan due to length of time occupied. I suggest Syria retakes Tel-aviv and starts the clock.
      ...and now we go back to our regular programming.
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    Robert A · 2 months ago
    Spoils of of the 1967 WAR. Syria didn't want to lose or possibly lose land then they shouldn't have attacked Israel along with the other arab countries.
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    Paul Lambert · 2 months ago
    I think this is just typical Arab hot air. It is a statement made for the consumption of the Syrian people.

    At any rate, the ultimatum is unsound. Leave Golan or be attacked? If Syria takes control of the heights, it will attack even more, like it did prior to 1967, when the Syrians fired upon Israeli fishing boats in the lake just for kicks. So really the ultimatum is be attacked a lot or else be attacked a little.
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    Carl Goldsworthy · 2 months ago
    As usual, the USA supports occupation, exploitation and ignore the peoples democratic wishes.
    http://syriatimes.sy/index.php/golan/39303-people-of-occupied-syrian-golan-reject-israeli-occupation-s-plan-to-implement-wind-turbines-project-on-their-land
    OCCUPIED SYRIAN GOLAN – The people of the occupied Syrian Golan reiterated their rejection of all plans by the Israeli occupation to Judaize their land and displace them, particularly the recent wind turbines project that the occupation intends to implement on their farmlands, SANA reported.
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      Paul Lambert · 2 months ago
      If you truly take an Arab's word at face value Carl, I have a bridge to sell you.
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        Carl Goldsworthy · 2 months ago
        Sorry, I don't buy from racists.
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          Paul Lambert · 2 months ago
          No, *I* have a bridge to sell you, not the Arabs.
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            Carl Goldsworthy · 2 months ago
            Yes, you are the racist.
            From your "all Arabs are liars" jibe.
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              Paul Lambert · 2 months ago
              Alright then. I just think labelling everyone racist is becoming an old act.

              Frankly, if you truly believe that Israel is the aggressor in its long-running conflict with the Arabs, then you have already bought a bridge.

              It is almost not worth mentioning that I know that not every Arab is a liar, because I also know that a leftist has to misrepresent his detractors in order to refute them, so you have to say things like that. I do know that Araby is an utterly dysfunctional culture, but it has nothing to do with their race. It is all about their monstrous behaviour.

              (...waddabout imminent).
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                Carl Goldsworthy · 2 months ago
                Israel the aggressor ?
                It is simply a USA state - without the $10 billion a day USA taxpayer subdsidy it would not even exist.
                70% of USA legislators are members of "Friends of Israel".
                It is a USA colony - the USA is the aggressor running 8 wars, dropping 8 bombs every hour. Murdering at least a hundred people a day. Legalising torture. Authorising the CIA unlimited authority to kill - and not even report it.
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                  Paul Lambert · 2 months ago
                  So then Israel is not really to blame, right? It is all the USA.

                  You can pivot as much as you want, but let's close one train of thought before going onto the next.
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                    Carl Goldsworthy · 2 months ago
                    Israel is to blame.
                    USA is to blame.
                    You are to blame.
                    Clear ?
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                      Paul Lambert · 2 months ago
                      I am to blame? Yeah, one thing is clear, Carl.
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                  Carl Goldsworthy · 2 months ago
                  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47480207
                  President Donald Trump has revoked a policy set by his predecessor requiring US intelligence officials to publish the number of civilians killed in drone strikes outside of war zones.
                  The 2016 executive order was brought in by then-President Barack Obama, who was under pressure to be more transparent.
                  Since the 9/11 terror attack, drone strikes have been increasingly used against terror and military targets.
                  The Trump administration said the rule was "superfluous" and distracting.
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    Frank Brady · 2 months ago
    Screw the Israeli thugs. Here's hoping they get their asses kicked into the middle of the Med!
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    laurie spencer · 2 months ago
    long live Assad long live Putin!
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      Paul Lambert · 2 months ago
      Fair enough, but keep on like that and *you* might not be long for this world. (Not a threat, just a warning. Others far less level-headed than I will notice your attitude).
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        laurie spencer · 2 months ago
        lol... my "attitude" is this, "Jesus Christ is Lord of all" and I'm in the world but not of it. And I will not conform to the ways of the world. False hope is no hope at all.
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          Paul Lambert · 2 months ago
          Never mind that had nothing to do with my reply; how did that even have anything to do with your own original statement about Assad and Putin?
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    Arthur Eveland · 2 months ago
    Beware the Ides of March! Fasten your seatbelts folks, it’s getting serious.
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    Really · 2 months ago
    Bluster and bravado. It's a new crisis every week. When the real shooting starts we won't be reading about it in the internet. It will be over in minutes. Make your preps and use your time wisely. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.