May 13, 2013
The Syrian government has warned Israel that it would enter the
occupied Golan Heights “whenever it wants because it’s a Syrian land,” a
warning that came a week after the latest Israeli airstrike against
military positions in the capital Damascus.
The comments were made by Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi on
Sunday during which he said that the recent Israeli airstrike against
Syria had violated the pertaining international accords. Therefore, he
added, Syria has the right to behave in the Golan ” because it’s a
“Golan is a Syrian Arab land and will remain so even if the Israeli
army is stationing there. We have the right to enter it and go out of it
whenever we want and in the way we like,” he said.
Last week, Israel carried out airstrikes against Syrian military
positions in the Damascus’ suburb of Jamraya and the Qassioun Mountain.
The government’s response was mild and threatened retaliation through
rendering arms to the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group and allowing
Syria-based Palestinian factions to wage attacks against Israel in the
Golan Heights, which was taken over by Israel during 1967 war.
On Saturday, The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-
General Command (PFLP-GC) welcomed Damascus’ recent hint that it would
open the Golan front for the Palestinian groups to launch attacks
against Israel, according to a statement faxed to Xinhua.
The PFLP-GC stressed that it is ready to launch military operations
against the “Zionist enemy,” adding that giving an access to the Golan
front required a popular pressure to open all other Arab fronts,
especially the Jordanian front.