“Israel Gambled and Lost on Syria” – expert

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The advance of the Syrian Army surprised Israel as the Zionist plan to create another buffer zone near the Israeli occupied Golan Heights failed, according to a Lebanese political scientist who believes Tel Aviv will not give up creating it and is likely to increase pressure against Damascus.

“In recent years, Israel has supported Syrian armed opposition fighters, giving special attention to units operating along the Golan Heights border, which is occupied by Tel Aviv,” political scientist Nidal al-Sabaa said.

According to him, the Israelis sought to create an intermediary zone to avoid direct contact with the Lebanese and Syrian armies.

For this to be achieved, Israel has repeatedly invited representatives of the Syrian opposition to various trilateral conferences and trilateral meetings with the participation of the United States, carried out at the US embassy in Jordan.

As a result, several opposition politicians within Syria have been promoters of Israeli interests, noted the political scientist.

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“But the residents of the [Syrian province of] Daraa have always sought to restore the legitimate power of Damascus and not to be pawns of Israeli policy,” he emphasized.

Now, as the Syrian army has re-established control over the border near Jordan, practically ridding the province of Daraa of terrorists, there is a risk that Damascus will raise a question about the Golan Heights, internationally recognized as Syrian territory but occupied by Israel.

As such, Tel Aviv “will prevent the Syrian Army from moving in the south of the country in anyway,” claimed Al Sabaa.

On July 10, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned that “every Syrian soldier” who enters the demilitarized zone between the two countries will endanger his life.

In comparison, in northern Syria, according to the analyst, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can guarantee stability on the Turkish border, preventing the emergence of a Kurdish autonomous zone which could further hamper the situation in the country.”

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