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Syria entrenched in liberating Palestine: Saeb Shaath

Syria historically acting as a resistance movement more than a state within the Palestinian struggle for the liberation of Palestine.

SaebPress – Press TV

Press TV has conducted an interview with Saeb Sha’ath, author and Middle East, on the issue of a Palestinian group forming combat units to liberate occupied lands in the Golan Heights.

The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Press TV: Let’s look at the significance of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s General Command (PFLP). What has happened since we haven’t really heard from them for several decades and now all of a sudden they’re saying they are willing, ready and able to liberate the Golan Heights?


Sha’ath: Let me correct this fact: the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s general command (PFLP) led by Ahmad Jabril was not idle for 40 years, not even for a day – they are engaged today in Damascus protecting the Palestinian refugees from the terror attacks in Syria.


For that matter its leader Ahmad Jabril lost his son just a few years ago, Jihad (Jabril), in a Zionist assassination, since Jihad was leading military operations for the group in the West Bank during the second Intifada.


The PFLP-GC, carried out many major attacks against the Zionist entity during the second Intifada. During the last war in Gaza last November, they attacked military posts in Tel Aviv – declared and claimed responsibility by the PFLP-GC. So, they weren’t idle.


Let me explain two important points here before I get into the significance of that: the occupied Golan Heights and the 1973 war. During that war according to senior Egyptian and Zionist sources as well – and I want to repeat what they told the commander of the Egyptian Second Army…Field Marshal Shazly,then , and repeated by Mohammed Hasaneen Hikael couple of months ago who was the late President Naser Information Minister and considered no. one political thinker in the Arab World  


He said during that war the Syrian army reached Huleh Lake and captured all of the Golan Heights and a significant part of northern Palestine including cities and Lake Tiberias, which surprised military planners on the Zionist and the American side at that time.


And sources said the Egyptian army used to receive 900 air sorties a day –‘Israeli’- while Syria Front used to receive 5,000 sorties a day. So we know what was going on.


And then the Egyptian President Sadat agreed to a ceasefire with ‘Israel’ without consulting his partners in that war, without even letting them know. And that’s why ‘Israel’  since has focused all its capabilities at the Golan Heights and captured half of it.


Press TV: I want to get to the point of why now that they are announcing that they are definitely going to try and liberate the Golan Heights at this point in time?


Sha’ath: Palestine is part of something geographically and historically called (Bilaad El Sham) or Greater Syria. So the Palestinians and the Lebanese they know that they belong to this identity – their mother is Syria.



And the Palestinian resistance has a duty and feels their duty to liberate the Golan Heights as their duty to liberate Jerusalem or West Bank or Gaza or any part of Palestine for that matter.


And the same thing for the Lebanese resistance -Their mother is Syria and Syria historically acting as a resistance movement more than a state within the Palestinian struggle for the liberation of Palestine. And that’s why sometimes you can see there are differences in tactics between Syria as a government and some Palestinian resistance -groups. But as strategy Syria is entrenched in the liberating of Palestine.


The PFLP General Command, they’ve taken that step to prove they are a part and they belong to that strategy of liberating Golan and focusing on the Golan as well. And they are in the Gaza Strip; they were part of defending the Gaza Strip during the last war.



Press TV: How do you think this announcement has affected Tel Aviv itself? Do you think it is having an effect on them – tell me your perspective on that aspect of this?


Sha’ath: The Zionist entity is terrified now. And the reasons for that are on the back of the meeting between the Russian foreign minister and Kerry, the United States foreign secretary.


On that, they are scared now for a week the talk is going on: that the Golan Heights is going to be opened for the resistance; that’s going to bring a lot of troubles to them since a lot of the Palestinians and Lebanese and Syrians were itching to open this front that was sealed with the armistice agreement after the 1973 war.


And now they see there is a quality of a kind of weaponry in the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance hands . They are worried and they are bringing many, many troops to the Golan Heights area.


US Cornered at UNSC while attempting to extend arms embargo on Iran.

Shaath ‘the US is seeking to corner China and Russia for propaganda purposes‘

US Cornered at UNSC

Washington has stepped up calls for the extension of the UN arms embargo on Iran, which will expire in October under UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The Trump administration has threatened that it may seek to trigger a snapback provision spelled out in the Iran nuclear deal of all sanctions on Iran if its attempts to extend the UN arms embargo fail.


Iran, Russia and China have repeatedly said that the US has no authority to invoke the snapback mechanism as it is no more a party to the 2015 accord. “It has no right to extend an arms embargo on Iran, let alone to trigger snapback,” China’s UN mission wrote in a tweet on Thursday. “Maintaining [the] Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the only right way moving forward,” it added

The US has circulated a new anti-Iran resolution at the UN Security Council calling for an extension of the UN arms embargo on Tehran, before it expires in October. The resolution reportedly urges member states to stop all arms sales to and from Iran. It also asks them not to provide Tehran with technical training, financial resources, and other services related to weapons program.

The new draft is almost identical to the previous one Washington circulated in June, which failed to gather support. US envoy to the council, Kelly Craft, has said Russia and China are likely to veto the resolution.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also told reporters that the measure is “eminently reasonable,” alleging that “one way or another we will do the right thing.” He went on threatening Tehran with more sanctions through a mechanism embedded within the Iran nuclear deal, from which the US has unilaterally withdrawn.

Pompeo  added  “We’re deeply aware that snapback is an option that’s available to the United States, and we’re going to do everything within America’s power to ensure that that arms embargo is extended,” he claimed. “I am confident that we will be successful.”

Shaath ‘the US is seeking to corner China and Russia for propaganda purposes

Wednesday, in an Interview with Press TV with Saeb Shaath, Author and Middle East affairs expert and Michael Springmann, Author and former U.S diplomat, Shaath said, “The US strategy always is to have Russia and China abstain in that regard in the UNSC and obviously not to veto, the USA’s resolution.

Shaath, pointed out that “ But, today and right now the strategy is working maybe with other members of the Security Council, so the USA intending  from this as Pompeo hinted and Craft the US representative  in the Security Council that Russia and China are not coming round and obviously they are going to veto the resolution.”

Shaath then questioned their motives “So why are they doing this? [Pompeo & Craft] they are doing this, to try to corner China and Russia for propaganda purposes, as Craft said to pot the spot light on the Chinese and Russian.”

Shaath went on to say, “Since the Trump administration maintains that quitting the deal does not prevent it from invoking the provision of the snap back mechanism, which is sanctions according to what they envisaged in the Iran nuclear deal.”

Shaath pointed out “ Other member states, as you mentioned in your report, like  France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China are trying to negotiate a solution which might prevent the USA from taking such a step, but until now there is no clear compromise has emerged among them”.

‘U.S. seeks to blackmail UNSC member states’

Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to the Vienna-based international organizations, has said that it looks like the U.S. attempts to blackmail the UN Security Council members.

“Looks like an attempt to blackmail the UNSC Member States. US position on arms embargo against #Iran and #SnapBack is very weak not only from the viewpoint of common sense but also in legal terms,” he said in a tweet on Thursday.

‘U.S. plans to impose indefinite arms embargo on Iran have no prospects’

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that Washington’s plans to introduce an indefinite arms embargo against Iran have no prospects.

“The stubborn shattering of the JCPOA through new anti-Iranian ideas, which include the proposal to impose an indefinite arms embargo against Iran, simply does not honor the United States. It is clear that this course has no prospects,” Zakharova said at a briefing, Sputnik reported.

Those members of the JCPOA, who have maintained a genuine full commitment to the nuclear deal, will continue to fight for its preservation and sustainable implementation, she said.

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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”


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.

SaebPress/Press TV

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