Syria under the rule of Assad is a state which affords patronage to terrorism, supports terrorist organizations and uses terrorism as a tool with which to further its strategic objectives. Syria is thus part of that small “club” of seven states sponsoring terrorism, which also
Recently three senior Hizballah leaders have made pronouncements concerning the future of terrorist operations in the case of a unilateral IDF withdrawal from southern Lebanon. The three were: the head of the organization, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah; the head of the “Political Council,” Mohammed Ra’ed; and
The cabinet decision thus signals Israel’s desire to alter the dangerous situation prevailing in southern Lebanon for over 20 years, by implementation of UN Security Council resolution 425. In the past any such change was precluded by the lack of a stable government and effective
The aim of Israel’s present policy in Lebanon is to maximize the security of Northern Israel, while disengaging itself from Lebanon’s internal affairs and the political aspirations that were part of the Israeli policy before and during the Lebanon War.
One of the main criteria in the Israeli initiative to implement resolution 425, and of the Israeli cabinet decision of April 1st, is the dismantling of the military capabilities of Hizballah, and the other terror organizations, and the cessation of their terror activities from Lebanese
On the 9th November, 1997, the U.S. President notified the Chairman of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Jesse Helms, of the American government’s intention to remove Syria and Lebanon from the list of 30 countries who grow and distribute drugs worldwide.