In 1973 Syria won back part of the Golan Heights and Assad has never given up on taking back all of it from the Israeli occupiers. Fewer than 10% of the people living in the Heights have accepted Israel’s offer of citizenship thus the vast majority of the Druze living in the Heights are still Syrian.
“the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect“
“there are 41 Israeli settlements and civilian land use sites in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights“.Even the CIA admits the Heights are occupied Syrian territory.What makes the Golan Heights so important to the state of Israel right now is the fact that Israel gets 1/3rd of it’s water from the Heights which makes it the main water source for all of Israel.Without Golan, Israel would literally dry up and blow away.
Now, you might think that would be reason enough for Israel to help push along a Libyan style imperialist overthrow of the Syrian government or a Balkanization of the country. That is the plan; to break up Syria into little pieces based on sectarian differences, just like the Clintons did to Yugoslavia.
A timely article in the Jerusalem Post last month brings to the forefront the unspoken objective of US foreign policy, namely the breaking up of Syria as a sovereign nation state ~ along ethnic and religious lines ~ into several separate and “independent” political entities.
The article also confirms the role of Israel in the process of political destabilization of Syria. The JP article is titled: “Veteran Kurdish politician calls on Israel to support the break-up of Syria‘ (by Jonathan Spyer) (The Jerusalem Post (May 16, 2012)The objective of the US sponsored armed insurgency is ~ with the help of Israel ~ to “Break Syria into Pieces“. ~ Global Research
That may change after the Heights become Israel East so Israel is getting busy looking for their missing black gold. Who says so? Well, again, the Israelis say so:
“The (Israeli) government has secretly green-lighted exploratory drilling for oil and gas in the Golan Heights, almost 20 years after diplomatic initiatives put operations on hold.National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau (Yisrael Beytenu) approved exploratory drilling in the Golan Heights for petroleum and natural gas a few weeks ago despite the risk of Syrian indignation.“His view is that the State of Israel must utilize all options for oil exploration across the country in order to break free from dependence on Arab oil,” sources close to the minister told the daily Yedioth Ahronoth on Sunday.” ~ The Times of Israel, May 13 2012
Israel for their part has been aiding and abetting the international crimes against humanity taking place in Syria. They have been caught providing weapons to the Free Syrian Terrorists as the Syrian government has confiscated numerous Israeli made weapons of all sorts from the captured terrorists.
“The discovery of caches of Israeli weapons in Syria’s Latakia Province, used as a hideout by armed groups, reinforces the notion that Israel is one of the forces inciting violence in Syria.
The weapons, which included machine guns, bombs, automatic rifles and explosive devices, were displayed on Syrian TV on June 15. The incident came two days after Israeli authorities took an official stance against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and endorsed armed gangs operating in Syria.” Press TV
“On Monday Israeli Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh, the country’s deputy military chief, warned that Syria could pose a threat to Israel with its chemical weapons.” Russia Today
Israel is a pariah nation which exists not by developing mutually beneficial and amicable trade agreements with their neighbors, but rather by seeing something they need and brutally invading and occupying areas which they can leech what they want.They’re doing it in the West Bank and off the coast of Gaza and they’re doing it in the Golan Heights as well.
After a developed history such as this, few nations are willing to forgive and forget and deal with Israel on a neutral basis and thus, they are left with only the thuggish route to securing the interests of their nation. That and the fact that getting the United States to spend our money bombing them a new water source and some oil reserves is a hell of a lot cheaper.