Talks for the sake of talks

Since the signing of the ill-famed Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 1993, hundreds of rounds of talks have been held between the two sides to implement the agreement which in fact, if implemented, does not meet the aspirations of the Palestinians to self-determination and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

The talks between Palestinian Authority and Israel did not achieve anything for the Palestinian people over the past 20 years. On the contrary, the talks have achieved many benefits for Israel, especially with regard to showing itself before the whole world as a peace advocate. The idea of negotiations is used as a convenient tool to distract the international public opinion by portraying Israel as a reasonable entity willing to make concessions for peace and security.  Moreover,   the talks have brought more security achievement and more settlement buildings for the Israelis. The Zionist leaders have been trying to use the talks in order to influence the Palestinian Authority to give up some of the Palestinian rights, at the same time to buy more time to expand illegal settlements in unprecedented way.

The prospects of a peace deal between the PA and Israel have never been such bleak as they are now because of Israel’s anti-peace measures, especially with regard to its expansionist settlement policy that violates all international conventions.  

The Palestinian authority officials should know well that the settlement activity is deepening the Palestinian people's mistrust in the seriousness on the Israeli side toward achieving peace. 

Israel aims through this intensive settlement activity to destroy the basis of the solution called for by the international community.

The Palestinian officials should launch a major publicity campaign to expose the US and Israel’s Machiavellian manoeuvring behind the so-called peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. The campaign should publicize the duplicity and deceit of Israel in all of the past negotiations and how ineffective America has been as a mediator.

The Palestinian Authority should make a wise decision and withdraw from these negotiations, because it has nothing to gain in entering negotiations now.  In fact, the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories and in diaspora have understood well the sinister goals of Israel behind such talks. For this reason they always express categorical rejection of such talks.  On the eve of the most recent round of talks hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of Ramallah to protest against the talks with Israel considering the talks as meaningless aimed at covering up Washington and Tel Aviv’s agenda in the region. They are part of a trick concealing and obscuring the real intentions of the US and Israel in the Middle East. While the destitute Palestinian people undergo territorial disposition, the shameful peace talks have served as nothing more than a smokescreen for Tel Aviv to systematically colonize what is left of the Palestinian homeland.

K.Q.

Objectivity is required

The US, Britain and France have blocked the naming of the real perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The terrorists fighting in Syria are being supplied with chemical weapons. Russian diplomatic sources said that the attack had been carried out by the foreign-backed terrorists by order of Saudi Arabia to draw in military intervention in Syria. There are several proofs which show that the chemical attack on al-Ghouta on August 21 was a large-scale provocation to encourage foreign military intervention in Syria. The US and Israel were looking for new pretexts to launch aggression on Syria. Reports indicate that Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the terrorists operating inside the country with chemical weapons.

Syria has clear-cut evidence on the use of chemical weapons by the armed terrorist groups through eyewitnesses and soil and air samples. The Syrian government has handed evidence to Russia proving that the armed terrorist groups are responsible for using the chemical weapons in al-Ghouta, Damascus Countryside, on 21 of August.

Last May, terrorists equipped with Sarin gas were arrested in Turkey.  The armed terrorist groups along with Turkish individuals tried to buy 10 tons of materials that are used to manufacture chemical weapons. Moreover, the investigations made by the Russian experts on the use of chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal proved that the armed terrorist groups were responsible for the incident. But the UN report on the use of chemical weapons in al-Ghouta was politicized, biased and selective. It was distorted and one-sided and the basis of information upon which it is built is not sufficient. The chemical projectile which was used in Khan al-Assal in Aleppo countryside did not belong to the Syrian Arab Army. The Russian findings refute the massive information aimed at placing the responsibility for the alleged chemical weapons use in Syria on the Syrian Arab army.  The shell used in the incident does not belong to the standard ammunition of the Syrian army and was made according to type and parameters of the rocket-propelled unguided missiles manufactured in the north of Syria by the so-called Basha’er al-Nasr brigade.

Russia handed a 100-page report to the UN Secretary-General on July 9th on the incident which took place in Khan al-Assal in Aleppo countryside. But the UN response was not sufficient because of the US, France and Britain.

It is important that private or specific political interests for the US, Britain and France do not emerge again, particularly at the UN and its affiliated bodies so that facts appear clearly.

K.Q.

Inspired by October victory, Syrians will achieve new victory against terrorism

Syrian people are currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of October Liberation War which is considered as a turning point in the modern history of the Arab nation and a shining example of valour, heroism and glory. October victory has constituted an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Syrian people and army in confrontation of the conspiracies and plots hatched against Syria and the Arab nation over the past four decades. Conspiracies against Syria started immediately following October war, but the Syrian people and army emerged victorious because of their complete adherence to the sublime values and great meanings of October victory.

This year’s anniversary comes as the Syrian Arab army is further determined to perform the sublime duty of defending the homeland and eradicating terrorism to foil anti-Syria conspiracies hatched by the West and its regional and Arab tools to achieve colonialist interests at the expense of Syrian people.

October victory  anniversary is an opportunity for motivation towards development and struggle and an opportunity for unifying all efforts at the local, Arab, regional and international arenas to uproot terrorism and resolve the crisis in Syria peacefully through conducting a comprehensive dialogue that encompasses all spectra of Syrian society without any form of foreign intervention. The solution to the crisis in Syria will only be purely Syrian far from foreign interferences and dictations in the domestic affairs of Syria. On this occasion, it is very important to unite efforts to face the conspiracy and extinguish seditions hatched against the homeland.

This year's anniversary comes within extraordinary circumstances as the Arab nation is facing several challenges, especially the so-called Arab spring which aims to destabilize the Arab region and plunder its resources. Syria is facing false accusations and threats to undermine its firm stances towards supporting resistance and confronting Zionist schemes. The global conspiracy against Syria aims to empower the forces of the foreign scheme and its tools inside with the aim of taking Syria out of the circle of confrontation against the Zionist enemy and Western plots.

The high awareness of the Syrian people and their strong national unity will enable them to uproot terrorism, overcome the crisis and emerge out of the crisis stronger and more steadfast in confrontation of the Zionist American agenda which aims to enable Israel  invade the Arab homeland politically and economically.

The sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army and the martyrs who offered their blood to defend the soil of the homeland and the dignity of its people will be a source of pride and strength for all Syrians to press ahead with their struggle and believe in the inevitability of victory against terrorism and its supporters. The Syrian Arab people who won previous battles will achieve a new victory against international terrorism.  October victory would bring another victory to Syria against terrorism and the sinister American Zionist project which aims to create sectarian sedition in the region and undermine Syria’s resistant and pan-Arab role.

K.Q.

October victory, luminous landmark in Syria’s history

October victory in 1973 is considered a luminous landmark in the history of modern Syria. Immediately after the Correction Movement, the late great leader President Hafez al-Assad began the process of rebuilding the Syrian army to be ready to the battle of liberation against the Israeli forces of occupation. The late great leader Hafez Al Assad built Syria, modernized it and re-built its military in order to unleash a war of Liberation.

On October 6th, 1973, the Syrian and Egyptian armies achieved a landslide victory against the Israeli army. The victory inaugurated the dawn of a new era and created a promising turning point in the life of the Arab Nation. This sweeping victory had great consequences at the local and international levels.

At the local level, October war was the first Arab victory against Israel shattering the so-called myth of Israeli invincible army. It also restored self-confidence to the Syrian fighters who showed great heroic deeds in the battlefield.

At the international level, the victory convinced the whole world that Syria is fighting for a just and noble cause, namely the liberation of the occupied Arab territories. After October, the whole world recognised the legitimate Arab rights to liberate their occupied lands. Following the ceasefire declared by President Sadat on the Egyptian front, the late great leader was able to carry out the attrition war against the Zionists and liberate the city of Quneitra in 1974.  The Immortal President Hafez al-Assad raised the Syrian flag over the liberated city of Quneitra on June 26, 1974 as the first Arab territory liberated from the Israelis.

 The late great leader’s views, stances, strength and far-sightedness gained him a large number of supporters, not only in Syria but also in all Arab states. He was depicted as a national and pan-Arab hero because he remained the staunch defender of the just Arab causes. He said describing the heroic deeds of Syrian fighters in the battlefield: “You have fought glorious battles in the October War, and later in the Golan. In your great steadfastness, your heads have always been high in a way that all Arabs throughout the Arab Homeland, from the Ocean to the Gulf, took pride in you. You became an example to be followed after you have destroyed the enemy’s arrogance and taught him memorable lessons”.

Despite the fact that Syria realized the first victory against Israel in their history and remained steadfast in confrontation of the Zionist projects in the region, most Arab regimes remained the loyal servants of Zionism implementing the American-Israeli agenda in the Arab region. As cheap tools, some Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been exporting terrorists to Syria, training them and funding their atrocious crimes against Syrian people and their public and private properties.

Inspired by the sublime values and great meanings of October victory, Syrian people and army are determined to press ahead with their battle to uproot terrorism and restore security and stability to Syria.

K.Q.

October victory, luminous landmark in Syria’s history (2)

October victory in 1973 is considered a luminous landmark in the history of modern Syria. Immediately after the Correction Movement, the late great leader President Hafez al-Assad began the process of rebuilding the Syrian army to be ready to the battle of liberation against the Israeli forces of occupation. The late great leader Hafez Al Assad built Syria, modernized it and re-built its military in order to unleash a war of Liberation.

On October 6th, 1973, the Syrian and Egyptian armies achieved a landslide victory against the Israeli army. The victory inaugurated the dawn of a new era and created a promising turning point in the life of the Arab Nation. This sweeping victory had great consequences at the local and international levels.

At the local level, October war was the first Arab victory against Israel shattering the so-called myth of Israeli invincible army. It also restored self-confidence to the Syrian fighters who showed great heroic deeds in the battlefield.

At the international level, the victory convinced the whole world that Syria is fighting for a just and noble cause, namely the liberation of the occupied Arab territories. After October, the whole world recognised the legitimate Arab rights to liberate their occupied lands. Following the ceasefire declared by President Sadat on the Egyptian front, the late great leader was able to carry out the attrition war against the Zionists and liberate the city of Quneitra in 1974.  The Immortal President Hafez al-Assad raised the Syrian flag over the liberated city of Quneitra on June 26, 1974 as the first Arab territory liberated from the Israelis.

 The late great leader’s views, stances, strength and far-sightedness gained him a large number of supporters, not only in Syria but also in all Arab states. He was depicted as a national and pan-Arab hero because he remained the staunch defender of the just Arab causes. He said describing the heroic deeds of Syrian fighters in the battlefield: “You have fought glorious battles in the October War, and later in the Golan. In your great steadfastness, your heads have always been high in a way that all Arabs throughout the Arab Homeland, from the Ocean to the Gulf, took pride in you. You became an example to be followed after you have destroyed the enemy’s arrogance and taught him memorable lessons”.

Despite the fact that Syria realized the first victory against Israel in their history and remained steadfast in confrontation of the Zionist projects in the region, most Arab regimes remained the loyal servants of Zionism implementing the American-Israeli agenda in the Arab region. As cheap tools, some Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been exporting terrorists to Syria, training them and funding their atrocious crimes against Syrian people and their public and private properties.

Inspired by the sublime values and great meanings of October victory, Syrian people and army are determined to press ahead with their battle to uproot terrorism and restore security and stability to Syria.

K.Q.