TEHRAN Ken Fero, university professor and filmmaker, says Israel and the US destabilize peace in Syria, as the military-industrial complex, led by the dogs of war in Washington, has an insatiable appetite for blood and oil.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with FNA, Dr. Fero commented on Israel's policies on Syria, and said, Israel has been duplicitous; it has worked against [Syrian President Bashar] Assad because it knows that Syria will be a weakened state without him in power, but it cannot control what would have happened if the mercenary forces had succeeded.
Dr. Ken Fero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media at Coventry University. Based in London he is a renowned documentary filmmaker producing work for television and cinema release with a focus on resistance to human rights abuse in Europe. He is an expert on media and human rights and has written and commented extensively on the subject.
Below is the full text of the interview:
Q: The recent Israeli strike on Syria was followed by planned attacks by the terrorists. Do you believe there is a link between Israel and terrorists fighting in Syria?
A: Apart from direct military intervention Israel also has a history of arming rouge forces and coordinating attacks on nation states. It did this in Lebanon during the 80' and 90's by being the primary ally of the South Lebanon Army, providing weapons and logistics, thus prolonging a bloody war that suited Tel Aviv after Israel invaded Lebanon in 1978. The arming of mercenary collaborators continues today. Only a few months ago the IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot acknowledged that Israel had indeed provided weaponry to Syrian rebel groups in the Golan Heights. The source of the funding for forces that have been trying to destroy Syria, and the coordination of the attacks such as the one on Latakia province, can be laid at the doors of Saudi Arabia with the tacit approval of the United States. With the US being Israel's strongest political ally, as well as the provider of millions of dollars of military aid, it is no surprise that Washington, Tel Aviv and Riyad are singing from the same song sheet.
Q: Israel used to be very careful with its operations over Syria after Russia equipped Damascus with the S-300 missiles system. However, it has apparently resumed strikes on the war-stricken nation. How do interpret present course of events?
A: Israel sees the Golan Heights as the spoils of war. Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel helped propel the hard-liner Benjamin Netanyahu back into power. Trump went much further than Jerusalem though after private meetings with Netanyahu. He had also declared the Golan Heights, an area that has been occupied illegally by Israel since the defeat of Syria in 1967, as Israeli territory. In fact there were peace negotiations about the Golan between Israel and Syria up until the outbreak of the war in 2011. Since then Israel has done everything in its power to ensure that the war, in which so many Syrians have lost their lives and suffered, becomes an opportunity to expand Israeli territory even further. Israel continues to ignore countless UN Resolutions and does so with the might of the US behind it.
Q: Israel has openly said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must be removed from power. How would Israel benefit from Assad being replaced?
A: President Assad remains in power despite eight years of bloody war waged by Saudi Arabia and the West. The country may be in ruins, but it is still intact. The open calls to oust Assad, which was seen by the West as a pre-condition for peace in Syria, are now diminishing. Israel has been duplicitous, it has worked against Assad because it knows that Syria will be a weakened state without him in power, but it cannot control what would have happened if the mercenary forces had succeeded. It's a fine line. There is no finery, however, in the regular calls by Israeli minsters that there may be a need to 'eliminate' Assad, as one of the outcomes of the war is the strengthening of military ties between Damascus and Tehran. If peace is established in Syria, Tel Aviv will keep meddling in its neighbors' affairs to destabilize the peace in the Arab country. Israel, and the US, benefit economically through conflict in the region and the military-industrial complex, led by the dogs of war in Washington, has an insatiable appetite for blood and oil.
Source: Fars News Agency