[Israel 101] Explaining the Israel-Syrian-Iranian connection
Kehilanews.com, Chava Stein
Jan 15, 2019
According to a recent interview between the N.Y. Times and outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, Israel has “dropped 2,000 bombs on targets in Syria in 2018 alone.”
In order to understand the Israel-Syrian-Iranian connection, one has to explore the unusual and unlikely partnership between Syria and Iran and what each hopes to gain from it. Oddly enough, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s late father, Hafez Assad carried on a long-time feud with those he considered to be revolutionary Islamists in the 1970’s and 80’s in order to prevent a revolution in his own country, one which has seen itself as more secular than religious.
So it’s ironic that today Syria is closely connected to Iran, a country whose revolutionary army has been among the most extreme Islamic purveyors of theocracy where all of its laws emanate from the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Yet, Syria and Iran, despite these differences, came together back when Saddam Hussein was viewed by both of them to be a threat in the region. Another common thread between the two countries was their mutual hatred for Israel. For Syria, there was a tremendous loss of face after the 1967 Six Day War when Israel successfully won control of the Golan Heights, a sore spot which has festered with the Syrians since that time. Iran simply loathingly looks upon Israel as the “Little Satan,” (the U.S. being the “Big Satan), calling for death to the Jewish nation at every turn.