Shaaban reiterates Syrian Golan is 'national cause'

In 1998, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's personal friend Ronald Lauder made nine secret visits to Damascus and met the late President Hafez al-Assad and few officials to convey Netanyahu's will to establish peaceful relationships with Syria and to give back the Golan to Syria.

Lauder told the late President al-Assad that Netanyahu is interested in establishing peaceful relations with Syria and to withdraw from the Syrian Golan without defining the June 1967 lines. So, the late president explained to the Israeli visitor the difference between the 1923 lines and the 1967 lines.

This is what the Presidential Political and Media Advisor Dr. Bothaina Shaaban said in an article published Monday under the title "The Golan and Netanyahu's desperate greeds” on al-Mayadeen website.

She quoted the late president as telling Lauder: "This is our land. You cannot put conditions and then suggest that these are Israeli concessions. I would like to remind you that Golan is Syrian land and not Israeli."

The Golan is still a national cause to President Bashar al-Assad and to the Syrian people as well, Dr. Shaaban stressed, criticizing the international system for being selective in implanting resolutions.

She affirmed that resisting the Zionist occupation [Israel] and the Wahhabi terrorism, which are two faces of the same coin, is a sacred duty.

"Israel in cooperation with Qatar had abducted soldiers from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Forces more than once until the UN forces withdrew from Golan. This coincided with Israel's support for the Wahhabi terrorists, who attacked the Syrian cities adjacent to the Golan," Dr. Shaaban said.

She, in addition, described the Zionist entity's meeting in the Golan as an 'alarm bell' for every Arab person who believes in the Arabism. "Arabs must reconsider the events that have taken place in the region since the American occupation of Iraq in 2003."

Status of the Golan 'remains unchanged'

Yesterday, The United Nations Security Council rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertion that the annexed Golan Heights in Syria would “forever” remain under Israeli control and expressed concern over his statements.

The 15-member council agreed that the status of the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967, “remains unchanged,” said Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi, who holds this month’s council presidency.

He recalled a 1981 resolution which states that Israel’s “decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights was null and void and without any international legal effect.”

On April 24th, the Non-Aligned Movement condemned in the strongest terms the Israeli government's provocative meeting in the occupied Syrian Golan on April 17th.

It asserted that all the procedures taken or will be taken by the Israeli occupation to change the legal and demographic status of the occupied Syrian Golan and impose the occupation's laws and administrative measures on it are null and void and are of no legal basis.


Basma Qaddour