Will the Alawites Welcome Israeli Liberation?

Alawites have suffered attempted enforced Islamization since early Islamic conquest in the 7th century CE. The famous medieval Jihadist theologian Ibn Taymiyyah (1263-1328) claimed that the Alawites are “more infidel than the Jews and the Christians”. Alawites suffered terribly during the Ottoman period in French colonial rule coming as liberation for the Alawites. Alawite men took the opportunity to enlist in the Franco-Syrian army and soon became dominant among its officers. After independence in 1946 did Alawite military officers continue to dominate the military. After a 1963 coup did the Ba’ath party come to power and with that eventually rule by an Alawite clique. The secular and ethnically Alawite Hafez al-Assad (1930-2000) became president in 1971 but his rule did not become benign to the Alawites as he for some yet unexplained reason began a policy to assimilate the non-Muslim Alawite people into Islam. He built completely unsolicited mosques in Alawite villages, encouraged Alawites to perform Hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca and publicly fasted on Ramadan which is not an Alawite custom. His son and successor, the equally secular Bashar al-Assad (b. 1965) married a Muslim woman and his children are therefore not Alawites. Bashar al Assad is frequently depicted in regime media praying in Sunni mosques despite being completely secular. Alawite pupils are furthermore forced to participate in Islamic religious education in state schools. 

While French rule was a blessing for the Alawites, the same thing cannot be said for Ba’athist rule. Alawites are just as oppressed as everyone else and the regime is profoundly unpopular among the Alawites. Unfortunately has the Ba’athist regime which is controlled by ethnic Alawites for yet to be explained reasons continued the policy of Islamization of Islamic rulers of centuries past. This is obviously deeply unpopular among the Alawite people. In the past half decade has the message spread by word of mouth among Alawites that the Alawites are secret Jews and Alawites have thus developed Jewish communal identity. 

As the Iranian nuclear weapons program advances will Israel need to launch preemptive strikes in order to strategically degrade the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Hezbollah will respond by unleashing massive barrages of tens of thousands of missiles against Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities. Israel will have no choice but to order the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) to launch an operation in cooperation with the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) to jointly liberate Syria and Lebanon from the forces of Khomeinism and Ba’athism. Israel will create an Aramean Christian state in parts of Lebanon as the successor state to Lebanon as well as annexing Median Jewish (Alawite and Druze) regions of Syria and Lebanon to Israel. The new PYD (Democratic Union Party) government in Damascus will annex the remainder of Lebanon. All border changes will take place through a signed international treaty between Jerusalem and the new governments in Damascus and Beirut.

There is no question that the IDF will be welcomed as liberators and that even more the Alawite people will welcome Israeli annexation of the Alawite region. Israeli liberation means liberation from Islamization and liberation from totalitarianism. Furthermore will Alawites no doubt welcome the Alawite clerical renunciation of Islamic syncretic aspects of Alawite Median Judaism which will crucially be enabled by the Israeli liberation.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization

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