Partitioning Syria and Lebanon

While generally the solution for Median Jewry is Aliyah to Israel, the situation in Syria and Lebanon is different due to geographic proximity to Israel and the Mediterranean Sea. Israel needs to make every effort to engage leading Alawites in the Syrian government to persuade them of the benefits for the Alawite people (economic, political, cultural, security and otherwise) in partitioning Syria and Lebanon between Israel, an independent Aramean Christian state in western and central Lebanon (plus the Syrian Maaloula region) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). This is crucially in the interest of the Alawite, Druze, Aramean and Arab peoples. Russia would retain its naval bases in the Alawite region and the SDF would agree to Russian bases in what would be the extended SDF-controlled territory in what is now Syria and Lebanon. Israel would annex the Alawite region in northwestern Syria and northern Lebanon as well as the Druze regions in Lebanon and Syria, including the vast Druze enclave of Jabal al-Druze in southern Syria. Israel would obviously retain the Golan heights.

While it would be preferable that all this could take place through diplomatic agreement between Israel, Syria and Lebanon with the SDF reaching the Israeli border and the Mediterranean sea; it could also happen through defensive Israeli warfare as major war sooner or later is likely to erupt between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria.

It is certainly in the interest of the Alawite and Druze peoples to join one of the most developed countries in the world in experiencing rapid economic development as part of united Israel. The Alawite leadership of Syria needs to make a clean break with their tactical allegiances to the now defunct so called “Pan-Arabism” and the Iranian-sponsored so called “resistance axis”. The non-Muslim Alawites are halakhically Jewish and are neither Arabs nor Shiites. It is after all not in the interest of Alawites to be dominated by Iranian Islamists which is the Islamized future that the Iranian regime intends for them. There is much need for intense and sustained, yet discreet international diplomatic efforts to convince the Alawite leadership of Syria that it is crucially in their very existential and other interest in every way to abandon previous Alawite tactical allegiances and join united Israel as part of the Jewish majority of the extended Jewish nation state. 

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization

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