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Israel’s No-Fly Zone

September 26, 2014

On September 23 a Syrian Sukhoi SU-24 wanted to bomb Jabhat al-Nusra positions in the Golan heights, but was shot down by Israel with a Patriot missile. The pilots could eject safely. Israel claimed that the plane violated its air space, but the crash site was far away inside Syria near the town of Kanaker, which is halfway between Golan’s demarcation line and Damascus.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said the aircraft approached Israeli territory in a “threatening manner” and then crossed the border. Ram Shmueli, a former air force brigadier general who had been briefed on the incident, said the jet was believed to be on a mission to attack rebel forces but the IDF felt it had to shoot it down in order not to risk a possible attack on Israeli targets.

By deploying the Patriot system on Golan Israel has practically established a no-fly zone next to the Golan, which allows jihadist fighters to move freely from Jordan to Syria and Southern Lebanon and infiltrate Syria from the south.

Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer 1

Jordan hosts several military training centers (for instance in Russeifeh) where CIA operatives along with Israeli, Jordanian, British, and French instructors train rebels for combat and in the use of anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons. There is also a control room in Amman, where rebel operations are planned.

Jabhat al-Nusra has for a long time tried to establish a corridor on Golan and use it to transfer fighters and military equipment from Jordan to Syria and South Lebanon. This corridor is absolutely necessary to revitalize the southern front and to break the siege on Ghouta in eastern Damascus through the south.

The battle began on August 27 for control of the demolished Syrian part of Quneitra city. Israeli forces opened several entrances through the border fence with heavy artillery shelling when rebels first launched their attacks.  The Israelis also shelled the headquarters of the Syrian army’s 90th Brigade.

In recent weeks the jihadists have captured most of the territory along the demarcation line, including the main border crossing at Quneitra.

Golan map 1

Israel has allowed the jihadists to move freely on the Israeli site and aided them with massive artillery strikes on Syrian positions (Tel Abu al-Nada and Tall Abu al-Faras for instance), which it always justified as a retaliation against alleged Syrian artillery shells landing on the Israeli occupied site of Golan.

Israel has also provided logistic help and intelligence about Syrian positions to the rebels. It has treated wounded rebel fighters in Israeli hospitals and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even visited an IDF field hospital to speak with wounded rebels.

Israeli troops and staff have left the Quneitra checkpoint 2 kilometers away from the ceasefire line, leaving the area completely under control of Jabhat al-Nusra.

UN peacekeepers have also left the demarcation line and the jihadists have occupied the UN buildings as their own headquarters. Syrian UN envoy Bashar Jaafari: “The terrorists are now using United Nations cars, which hold the emblem of the United Nations forces in the Golan. They are using the uniform of the UNDOF, the weapons of UNDOF, the positions of UNDOR to shell on the Syrian army as well as on the civilians in villages.”

The UN Security Council blamed the increased fighting on the Golan for endangering the peacekeepers and forcing the UN to move hundreds of peacekeepers to the Israeli side of the Golan Heights. The Security Council said the fighting posed a risk to a disengagement agreement that has helped prevent Israel and Syria from going to war since October 1973.

Blah, blah, blah… Why were the UN peacekeepers there in the first place and why didn’t they resist the Islamic militants?

UNDOF mission Golan

Israel has bombed Syrian government and military installations at least 6 times in the last 24 months, including army training facilities, weapons depots, military headquarters, and artillery batteries near Quneitra.

In January and March last year Israel struck weapons depots (rockets for Hezbollah), in July and October last year Israeli warplanes hit a military base near Latakia. In January an Israeli air raid targeted a scientific research center. In February Israeli fighter jets struck a weapons convoy along the Syrian-Lebanese border.

In March IDF forces on Golan hit the school and mosque of al-Hamidiyeh with missiles and machine guns and fired tank shells towards al-Hurriyeh. IDF soldiers killed two Hezbollah fighters, they said were suspected of attempting to plant a bomb on the security fence along the demarcation line.

Golan artillery strike

Syria is fair game. US warplanes bomb in the north, Israeli planes in the south. Violent criminals are trained openly in Jordan and Turkey, Islamic fighters and weapons move in freely from Turkey, Jordan, and Israel.

The UN Charter and international law are meaningless, Nobel Peace Price laureate Barack Obama can give a speech full of preposterous lies and outright mockery to the General Assembly without being heckled and booed off the stage. The press comments this speech with absurd and ridiculous platitudes. 

And the brainwashed population blankly stares at the TV, computer, smartphone screens, obeying, voting, shopping, understanding nothing.

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