Prof. Tim Anderson to ST: Tel Aviv is Afraid of the Axis of Resistance

(ST) -The Australian political economist and author Professor, Tim Anderson, has emphasized that the Zionist entity is afraid of the unrelenting Palestinian resistance, of Syria’s looming victory and of an enhanced Axis of Resistance facing the occupied parts of Lebanon and Syria.

“Tel Aviv has looked to Trump for reassurance, but the US leader’s gestures over Jerusalem and the occupied Golan have no force in international law,” the professor told the Syria Times e-newspaper

He went on to say: “Given that Washington (whether under Bush, Obama or Trump) has done nothing to restrain the extended colonization and attempted ethnic cleansing on the West Bank, it is hard to imagine that The Kushner Plan (given a name which sounds like a TV game show) could do much more than throw some money around; all the more humiliating that this seems likely to be Arab (Saudi) money and perhaps a little Arab (Egyptian) land.”

The professor believes that all the recent statements from the Trump regime (on Jerusalem, on the occupied Syrian Golan and on some new yet-to-be-explained promises over Palestine) run in parallel to the violent expeditions by the Netanyahu regime.  

Asked about the purpose of the Zionist entity’s recent intensive strikes on Gaza strip in the occupied Palestine, prof. Anderson said: “ The Zionists seem to believe, as do most fascist regimes, that an extremely vicious response to what they regard as the slightest provocation will act to terrorize the population and so repress all forms of resistance. While there are constant acts of resistance within occupied Palestine, the series of Israeli massacres in Gaza have demonstrated extreme and disproportional brutality. “

“Ruthless Reprisal”

He underlined that civilian casualties amongst Palestinians are, by all accounts, the great majority of Israel’s victims.
“The United Nations reported that “at least” 1,483 (67%) of the 2,205 Palestinians killed in Israel’s 2014 attack on Gaza were civilians, while only 4 (6%) of the 71 Israelis killed were civilians.

( So, contrary to much of the western media hype, the Palestinian resistance uses far more targeted violence compared to that of the Zionist forces. Notice though that the Zionist kill ratio in 2014 was more than 30 to one,” the professor clarified.

He referred to the fact that the Netanyahu regime since then has enhanced its policy of ruthless reprisal.
“In March the Zionist intelligence site Debka reported


that “a new IDF policy had gone into force for hitting back at all manifestations of Palestinian terror”. This has resulted in immediate attacks “even though there were no Israeli casualties”. The same site noted multiple small acts of resistance, and that “thousands of convicted terrorists in Israeli jails [were] restive over cutbacks in their privileges”.

Prof. Anderson added that the increase in Palestinian resistance’s military capacity, with Gaza rockets reaching Tel Aviv for the first time, in March 2019, might help explain the relatively short punitive assault on Gaza in May.

“The Israeli regime has been notoriously insensitive to the killing of Palestinians, but remains highly sensitive to casualties on its own side,” he affirmed, explaining why the UN had not held an emergency meeting to discuss the Israeli aggression on Gaza.

“As everyone knows, three of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council have launched multiple wars against the peoples of the region, precisely to divide the resistance to Zionism and imperialism, seeking to embed a controlling role for the Zionist colony in Palestine. Fortunately, in recent years, Russia and to a lesser extent China, have begun to exert a counter-veiling force. However this simply renders the Security Council ineffective. Elsewhere in the UN there are some useful initiatives, for example the appointment of a Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures. This is, of course, mainly aimed at US economic aggression. Such initiatives can help mobilise peoples against the economic and propaganda arms of today’s hybrid wars.”

The multiple 21st century wars

Moreover, the professor doubts that Washington is stupid enough to go to war with Iran, despite the threats.

“Declaring economic war on half the world will not help, in the medium term. The ‘Americans’ have not failed to notice that their game plan in Syria has failed badly; they just have great trouble admitting it,” he said, pointing out that both Tel Aviv and Washington fear the rising influence of the largest independent state in the region, and they fear Iran’s deeper integration with Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

“Their great fear is what they call an ‘Iranian land bridge’ from Tehran to Beirut. Of course, such economic, transport, communicational and cultural integration would be of enormous benefit to the peoples of the region, helping lift them out of an under-development enforced by fragmentation and neocolonial division. But this is the last thing Tel Aviv and Washington want,” Prof. Anderson asserted.

He concluded by saying: “The wars against Iraq and Syria must be defeated and consolidated by a united front across the region. That would be the definitive answer to the multiple 21st century wars launched by Washington against the peoples of the region. Internal cohesion of the resistance within Palestine is also essential.  Only then can sufficient pressure be brought to bear on the Zionist entity to democratize what has become an apartheid state.”

It is worth mentioning that Dr. Tim Anderson is Director of the Center for Counter Hegemonic Studies in Sydney. He worked and taught at several Australian Universities for more than 30 years.

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Interviewed by: Basma Qaddour


Archbishop Atallah Hanna: The Response to the ‘Deal of the Century’ Must be Through Ending Palestinian Internal Division

(ST)- Archbishop of Sebastia of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of al-Quds [Jerusalem] Atallah Hanna believes that the response to the so-called the ‘deal of the century’ must be through ending the unacceptable Palestinian internal division.

“The internal division is not a destiny imposed on us but rather unacceptable and unjustified situation that must be addressed and end as soon as possible because this division is being exploited by occupation authority that targets al-Quds, Gaza and all Palestinian people ,” His Eminence said, urging Palestinians to ignore the so-called the ‘deal of the century’ and not to deal with it.

“The so-called the ‘deal of the century’ is the most dangerous conspiracy against the Palestinian cause and it aims to abort it. It only exists in the mind of those who plan for the deal, while on the ground it does not exist. There is one united people living under occupation and this people [Palestinian people] has the right to live freely in its homeland like the other world peoples,” the archbishop added in a newsletter sent to the Syria Times e-newspaper.

Canadian analyst to ST: Western Military Industrial Complex Creates Unreasonable Fear as a Tactic to Divert More Money from the People

The Canadian political analyst and Research Associate at Global Research, Mark Taliano, has affirmed that the West does not have free press and all of the information to which most western people are exposed is delivered by about six media monopolies, which are servants to the oligarch classes, not the public interest.

He indicated that these monopolies largely control how Westerners perceive the world.

“Corporate-controlled governments and their media appendages control what Westerners perceive to be the truth in matters of foreign policy, but the messaging is totally corrupt and criminal,” Mr. Taliano said, giving as example that North Americans believe that Canada and its allies are fighting a war on terror.

“They think that we are fighting al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria.  The opposite is true of course.  Canada and its allies are supporting al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria with a view to destroying the pluralist, secular, democratic country and its government,” the analyst asserted.

Syrian Parliamentarian to ST: Some Major Powers Give Terrorist Groups Immunity from Prosecution

The fact that there is no internationally agreed definition of ‘terrorist acts’ and not putting this type of acts in crimes list has caused the manipulation of legal texts and has led to the emergence of other types of terrorist crimes, such as media terrorism and intellectual terrorism, which Syria and Iraq are witnessing now, according to the Syrian Member of parliament Dr. Ahmad Merei.

The parliamentarian made it clear that US definition of the term [terrorism] put ISIS terrorists and Hezbollah freedom fighters on equal footing and it led to the occupation and destruction of Iraq and the destruction of Afghanistan.

“The United States and Israel are against reaching internationally agreed definition of terrorism because this will show that the Zionist entity is the number one terrorist,” Dr. Merei told the Syria Times e-newspaper.

He, in addition, asserted that some major powers exploit the term ‘Counter-terrorism’ to realize their own interests and to implement their plans against the countries that contradict their policies.

“Violence is being used today to achieve illegitimate objectives, including intellectual and media terrorism, unforeseen risks and new forms of terrorism that restrict the freedom of individuals and societies to exercise democracy and to live in peace,” added the MP, who is specialized in International Law.

He emphasized that US and some western states practice all forms of suppression, occupation, expansion and hegemony to eliminate the struggle of the peoples and the movements of national liberation that are seeking to have self-determination, freedom and independence.

The parliamentarian underlined that the most dangerous thing facing our world today is the major powers’ increasing role in supporting terrorist organizations that terrorize civilians and harm individuals and properties.

“Since the late 1960s, terrorism has continued to transcend borders increasing the risk of the spread of this phenomenon where terrorist organizations have used up-to-date technology to develop the methods of terrorism,” Dr. Merei clarified.

Syria’s Vision Towards Terrorism

From the viewpoint of Syria, there is an urgent need to address the real causes of terrorism and to counter it politically and economically.

Besides, a front against terrorism must be formed to carry out joint missions at international, regional and local levels.

The front’s tasks will be: (1)- to hold an international dialogue in order to agree on the definition of terrorism. (2)- to shed light on the role of the countries that support and develop terrorism. (3)- to play a role at international, regional and local levels for showing the suffering of victims and the negative impacts of terrorism related to the decline in development efforts and the absence of the rule of law.

These proposals were presented by the Syrian parliamentary delegation, who participated in the Conference held on April 18-19 in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, on countering international terrorism.

Dr. Merei, who was among the members of the delegation headed by the MP Sanaa Abu Zaid, asserted that the states that have sponsored terrorism are seeking now to play negative role in the political process in Syria by imposing further coercive and unilateral sanctions on the country and preventing the fund for rebuilding process in it as well as preventing the return of the Syrian refugees - who have been displaced by force- to their homeland.

“The political and financial influence of these states have given terrorist groups immunity from prosecution,” he concluded.

Interviewed by: Basma Qaddour

Dr. Ibrahim Alloush to ST: US-Imposed Blockade on Syria Should Become a Political Problem for Arab Regimes that Abide by this Blockade

Damascus, (ST)-What the Syrian people are going through economically is a continuation of the war they have been going through since 2011 by other means, according to the Arab political intellectual and University of Damascus economist Dr. Ibrahim Alloush, who has elaborated on the causes of the current oil crisis in Syria and how the country can survive it.

“The current oil crisis in Syria is the result of compounded factors. On one hand, the war partially or totally destroyed much of the infrastructure of the energy sector in Syria, including the Conoco gas plant in DeirEz-zour, which was targeted repeatedly by the US, always under the pretext of “fighting terrorism”!  It just so happens that both the terrorists and the so-called “Global Coalition against terrorism” have effectively coalesced to destroy Syria’s oil and gas installations all over the country,” he said in an interview with the Syria Times e-newspaper.