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Article in Syrian Government Daily: Israel’s End Is Near

MEMRI Special Dispatch | No. 2825 | February 25, 2010


On the eve of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Syria, set
for February 25, 2010, during which he is to meet with Syrian President
Bashar Al-Assad, Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, and Hamas
political bureau head Khaled Mash’al, the Syrian government daily Teshreen
published a front-page article by columnist Muhammad Sadeq Al-Husseini, who
is close to the Iranian regime, in which he predicted the imminent end of
Israel in light of the new balance of terror that Iran has created vis-à-vis
the West.

Following are the excerpts from the article:[1]

Iran Has Created a New Balance of Terror

“… Ahmadinejad’s tone towards the West is increasingly harsh, and he is
setting these facts before it:

“1) Iran will cut off any hand extended against it from anywhere in the

“2) The world must know that nothing can happen in the region without Iran.

“3) The world must know that the future security of the region, and of the
world, will be achieved only through cooperation with Iran…

“President Ahmadinejad is preparing to visit [Iran’s] sister and ally Syria.
He spoke with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and the leader of Lebanese
Hizbullah, Hassan Nasrallah, and reiterated statements he had made the
previous week to [President] Assad on the phone – [namely, that] Iran will
stand fast alongside Syria and Lebanon if Tel Aviv acts stupidly and attacks
them. Moreover, he hinted at the end of the existence of Israel (the
regime). This means that there is a new balance of terror between the
so-called Syria-Iran axis and the U.S.-Israel axis…

“Iran, like Syria and Lebanon, will from now on not permit [a situation] in
which any of them will fight alone in the [upcoming] war that Tel Aviv has
for some time
been trying to involve the U.S. in…

“The resolute and determined response of Syrian Foreign Minister Walid
Al-Mu’allem to the lies of the neighborhood bully, [Israeli Foreign Minister
Avigdor] Lieberman, marked the emergence of new positions. The first and
foremost of these [positions] was [reflected by] last week’s very important
statements by Hizbullah’s secretary-general… [who said that] vengeance for
the martyr[dom of] ‘Imad Mughniya will not be offhand, but will be on a
scale [befitting the status] of Imad Mughniya [himself] – and it is we who
will choose the date, place, and type of response.

“If we add these statements to past statements [by Nasrallah], i.e. that
‘Imad Mughniya’s blood will eradicate Israel, we find that from now on
Israel is not facing wars in which there is a loser and a victor – rather,
[it is facing] wars of the sort that will change the face of the region, as
Nasrallah put it.

“Changing the face of the region means one of two things: either ending the
Arab-Israeli conflict, which has continued now for 60 years, [by means of] a
just and comprehensive ‘peace,’ – which is not possible to achieve with this
squatting, destructive colonialist entity that is foreign to the identity of
the region – or the disappearance of this entity, just as it has been forced
upon us, from the end of World War II to this day.

“The current balance of terror between the two axes… indicates that the
second possibility is more likely…”

Israel’s Continued Existence Can No Longer Be Tolerated

“The U.S. – which has become the official and only patron of the Zionist
entity in its neo-Fascist-Nazi form, whose terrorist Likud government is in
a state of moral isolation – must give some serious thought to drawing the
lines of the new Middle East of which it has dreamed, but this time, without
Israel. More accurately, [let me say] without the Zionist regime, so that no
one will think that the Arabs and Muslims are planning a war of
extermination against the Jews as Jews…

“The Arabs and the Muslims, with all their various groups, can no longer
tolerate the continuation of this aberrant situation that was forced on them
at the end of World War II. The time has come for this matter to be decided
once and for all, as stated by Ahmadinejad, who speaks for the absolute and
overwhelming majority of the [Muslim] nation.

“Everything is nearly at a standstill, suspended and postponed, until the
solution of this complex problem, whose real name is the existence of this
cancerous growth [known as] ‘Israel’… Today, the Arab nation has all the
tools necessary for its loyal sons to carry out this surgical procedure. The
West, headed by the U.S., is left with only two choices: Either it performs
this surgical procedure by laser, if it wishes – that is, without a wound,
by dismantling this military camp or aircraft carrier [called Israel] that
is squatting on the Arab and Muslim [land] – or we Arabs and Muslims will be
forced to carry out this surgical procedure using the means at our disposal,
which enable us to do this, because this [situation] cannot be tolerated any

1] Teshreen (Syria), February 24, 2010.

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