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‘US, Saudi Kingdom arming Syria’s anti-govt. groups’

Let’s not forget who is this Saudi regime — built by the British and then inherited by the United States of America. This absolutist feudalist regime is part of the imperialist agenda, in looting the resources of the area and destroying any people’s movement struggle to liberate itself from colonialism.

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A prominent author says the US and Saudi Arabia are engaged in arming anti-government opposition groups in Syria in efforts to distract Damascus from offering assistance to the people.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Saeb Shaath, author and Middle East expert, to further discuss the issue.

The following is a transcription of the interview.

Press TV: As [our previous guest speaker] professor Khairallah has said if the opposition is involved in these type of acts, let’s look at that. If we look at how the revolutions that have taken place in the region are still in the process of taking place, we think that in none of these that were actual revolutions were the revolutionaries armed. Actually, they tried to stay away from the arms and tried to use the peaceful process of people-power to bring on the revolution. So do you think that that in itself is another key factor to the reality of what’s going on in the ground? As professor Khairallah just said, what type of real opposition would be involved in killing its own people?

Shaath: Yes, I agree with that point of concern. Traditionally, the Yemeni people are armed tribes and armed people. It’s part of their custom and clothing to have the Arabic Jambiya which is a big knife around their waste.

Those people, when they participated in the revolution in Yemen against Ali Saleh before, they refused to carry their arms to the streets and they kept it at home. The tribes in Yemen are heavily armed as well. They could have used that. And in part, Ali Saleh tried to drag the tribes to a fight so they can confuse the revolutionaries in Yemen a, but they didn’t.

The same thing we’ve witnessed in Tunisia. The people refused to bring arms to the street or to bring arms in Egypt to the street when they’ve been attacked by Mubarak‘s forces or (SCAF’s).

But at the same time the counter-revolution, which is being financed by Saudi Arabia, is working hard with the American think tanks of the CIA to keep the revolution diverted from its own target of helping the people, and to make sure now the counter-revolution appears as a revolution.

In Syria they couldn’t. There are surveys being carried out by the Qatari agent like the .gov poll which was financed by Qatar. They found out there was 55 percent solid support for [President] Bashar al-Assad in Syria. And that means you have over 55 percent of popular support for the president. If you think of it as a regime, you’ll have 70 percent.

So there is no mass support for these guys. And the opposition in Syria, most of it is not involved in such a thing. The Saudis, the Americans and their puppets in the area, when they witnessed that, the only way they see the scenario work is the style they used in Iraq and they used before in Afghanistan as well to bring chaos and fanatic people to start exploiting and accusing the regime to this and that and to cause havoc. By the time the fog of war settled, they could have achieved their target.

Sincerely, I want to say one thing. Since when in the history of the Arab people they’ve seen the Saudis at a time to arm any resistance? Have they ever tried to arm the Palestinian resistance against the Zionists? Have they ever stood by the Lebanese people in their war against the Zionists? It’s to the contrary.

Press TV: Mr. Shaath, do you see the Israel’s playing a role in the situation that’s taken place in Syria?

Shaath: Absolutely. Since there was a mention before, as a member of NATO, Turkey has with Israel a long-time joint military intelligence agreement which is explicitly directed against Syria.

Party to these hidden partners are Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. These people are working since 1993 in a memorandum of understanding to create havoc in Syria and Iraq at the time. That’s their targets. We know they were working hand in hand.

And you have the Turkish confessions of 40 intelligence officers captured in Syria. They were saying how the Mossad was training them and giving them the targets what to hit in Syria. And they were actually involved with al-Qaeda as well. The Israelis, Turkish and al-Qaeda were working together, from bases in Jordan, around Turkey and inside Lebanon. So these things are out there. The confessions, they told us a lot of the stories about what is going on.

So it’s in the interests of Israel to destroy the resisting camp, which Syria is the cornerstone of in the Arabic world, by eliminating the regime in Syria and introducing the Saudis’ Wahabis sort of, friendly, regimes. They will guarantee the total control and domination of the Zionists and the United States of America in the region.

Let’s not forget who is this Saudi regime — built by the British and then inherited by the United States of America. This absolutist feudalist regime as part of the imperialist agenda, in looting the resources of the area and destroying any movement to liberate itself from colonialism.

From the 50s to the 60s they participated in destroying the revolutionary movement in south Yemen and now today they are mingling in the internal affairs of Yemen. They helped in destroying the Egyptian army in the 60s so it was an easy target for the Zionists and Americans in the 1967 war.

Saudi Arabia was supporting Jordan in destroying the Palestinian resistance in Jordan in 1970, and helped in targeting the Syrian army at the time which tried to save the Palestinians.

So Saudi Arabia has a huge history against the people of the area, we’re not going to forget it’s an absolutist feudalist regime created by the imperialists in the area.

 

source: Press TV

 

 

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Justice for Palestine, Jews Step Forward.

These are the moral voices of bravery and justice inside JEWS STEP FORWARD

This indie documentary highlights twenty-four moral voices within the American Jewish community speaking on behalf of justice for the indigenous Palestinian people.  Directed and produced by Elika Rezaee and Marjorie Wright, this powerful, truthful, controversial documentary has been screened at festivals around the world.  It has been recognised by the 2016 justice Awards Festival and given a certificate of merit as the best “Human Rights, War and Peace film in the category Documentary Feature” by the sixteen International Film Festivals.

“Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of the colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change. Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”– Robert F. Kennedy. These are the moral voices of bravery and justice inside JEWS STEP FORWARD.

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Zionist entity ‘Israel’ fabricating fictitious victories in South Lebanon.

Shaath, said “there is a complete paralysis in northern occupied Palestine, as identified by and stated by the former Zionist entity Minister of Security Avigdor Lieberman. Who said “Nasrallah’s Statement it meant, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”

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Zionists occupation army falsely claim a “victory” against the resistance to psych up its forces. Lebanese Hezbollah stated that Zionist entity ‘Israel’ claim about border clashes aims to fabricate fictitious victories.

Lebanon’s prime minister warns sternly about potential escalation in the aftermath of a recent ‘Israeli’ border incursion, saying the occupying regime is trying to manipulate the rules of engagement with the country.

“The enemy is trying to change the rules of battle with Lebanon,” Hassan Diab tweeted on Tuesday. “I call for caution in coming days because I fear the situation will deteriorate in light of heightened tensions on our border,” he added.

Saeb Sha’ath, an author and Middle East political expert said in an interview with Press TV: there is a complete paralysis in northern occupied Palestine, as identified by and stated by the former Zionist entity Minister of Security Avigdor Lieberman. Who said “Nasrallah’s Statement it meant, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”

  Sha’ath added  “As a result of this tension,  a military vehicle crashed in the Shebaa Farms,  killing of one soldier and wounding another.  Actually yesterday the Zionist occupation army clashed with shadows   “the shadows of the resistance fighters .”.

Sha’ath said “the panic swept the political, military, security, inelegance and the media circles  within the Zionist entity after the announced  position in Hizballah’s  statement.”

Martyr Ali Kamel Mohsen

A day earlier, Zionist entity ‘Israel’ fired dozens of shells into Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms, which Tel Aviv has occupied since 1967. A Reuters’ witness counted dozens of Israeli shells hitting the occupied area.

The Zionist regime claimed it launched the attack after an attempt by Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement to “infiltrate” into the occupied territories.

The movement has roundly rejected the claim, saying the Zionist regime has come up with the account to falsely claim a “victory” against the resistance and try to psych up its forces.

‘Nasrallah dictating agenda to Israel’

Addressing the recent developments, Amiram Levin, former commander of the Zionist ‘Israeli’ military’s Northern Command, said “It is [Hezbollah’s Secretary General Seyyed Hassan] Nasrallah that dictates the agenda to ‘Israel’.” Nasrallah, he cited the case of the ‘Israeli’ occupation forces incursion — that came with apparently no provocation on the part of Hezbollah — as an instance of the regime going off half-cocked due to its fear of the resistance group. “The security incident of the last day is shameful,” Levin said.

Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, meanwhile, acknowledged the regime’s fearfulness of Hezbollah. He attributed the trigger-readiness of the  Zionist regime’s forces to the Zionist entity’s  assassination of Ali Mohsen, a Hezbollah member near the Syrian capital Damascus last Monday. The atrocity warranted outspoken warnings from the resistance movements.

Lieberman said the entire northern part of the territories that are under ‘Israeli’ occupation have become “crippled” since the assassination of Ali Kamel Mohsen, who was martyred during the latest Zionist ‘occupation aggression against Syria that was staged from the Tel Aviv-occupied Golan Heights.

Although Hezbollah has said it reserves the right to retaliate for the atrocity, the movement asserted on Monday that “the answer to the martyrdom of [our] brother,  Ali Kamel Mohsen, in the vicinity of Damascus airport has not been given yet.”

“Zionist occupiers must still wait for that answer and their punishment at the hands of the resistance forces,” it added, refuting Tel Aviv’s claims that it tried to strike the occupied territories in an act of revenge.

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Iran will restore commitments to ‘JCPOA’ nuclear deal when its interests are met.

Shaath: The US alliance want to see a failing state that they can control, to loot Iran and put it under their control. And, to stop Iran from becoming a strong state, who can help the region to develop, this is the strategic aim; which we all can see, as well the leadership of Iran can see it

Tehran has never severed ties with the IAEA

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The Islamic Republic will continue its peaceful nuclear program according to the terms of agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since Tehran sees the peaceful use of nuclear energy as an inalienable right of the nation, says a senior Foreign Ministry official. Press TV interviewed Saeb Shaath, Mid East political expert to discuss the issues.

Shaath: Iran’s leadership understands that from day one of the Iranian revolution throwing out the Sha tyrannical regime and the US forces and Zionists with their reactionary forces in the region, they joined forces together to destabilise the new sovereign Islamic state, which the people of Iran brought to power.

 The US alliance want to see a failing state that they can control, to loot Iran and put it under their control. And, to stop Iran from becoming a strong state, who can help the region to develop, this is the strategic aim; which we all can see, as well the leadership of Iran can see it.         

So, we see the western and Israeli intelligence services, are waging covert and overt operations inside Iran sabotaging and assassinating of scientists, starting lots of troubles in the country and as well waging underground asymmetric warfare.

The leadership of Iran understands well why the USA and the Zionist entity ‘Israel’ are doing so.

We can see that the United States, is acting as a rogue state, since Trump’s administration arrived to office, it started to pull the USA out of many international commitments, one of them is the Iranian peaceful nuclear program, that to serve the interests of the USA and some others.

Iran understands that peaceful use of nuclear energy is an inalienable right for the country; since the Iranians are insisting, that if they to continue with their commitments, the terms of agreement with (IAEA) have to be meet.  For Iran, that means Trump’s administration not to impose these “toughest ever” sanctions against Iran, and to retract from them and to listen to the international community, to the UN Security Council which supported such a deal.

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