Only Israel can Liberate Aram

The indigenous Aramean people of the Middle East has often suffered terrible persecution and oppression by Muslim rulers and their proxies. There is one region in the Middle East where the Arameans still make up the majority and that is the Mount Lebanon region of Lebanon. The Aramean people once lived throughout the Fertile Crescent and now only small scattered minorities remain with many living in exile in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.

The Aramean Maronites were historically allied with French who disastrously set up Grand Liban (Greater Lebanon) in 1920 which later led to the minoritization of the Aramean people in their own land. Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973) supported the establishment of a state for the Arameans of Lebanon. In 1982 did Israel and its Aramean allies have an opportunity to establish a state for the Arameans but myopically and calamitously so preferred to pursue a peace agreement between Israel and Lebanon with zero results to show. 

A joint IDF-SDF strategic military campaign in Syria and Lebanon would establish an Aramean Christian state (Aram) that would be bilingual in Aramaic and Arabic. Israel would annex Median Jewish (Druze and Alawite) regions of Syria and Lebanon and the remainder of Lebanon would be annexed by an AANES-led Syria. The SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces), the army of the AANES (Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria) would liberate Syria with IAF (Israeli Air Force) air support. 

Aram and Lebanon generally is under effective Iranian occupation through the Iranian-controlled Hezbollah Jihadist terrorist organization which intends to turn Lebanon into a Twelver Shia Islamist Republic. Although there are underground armed militias in Lebanon they stand no chance whatsoever against Hezbollah which already controls the government, the military, the system of justice, the seaports and the international airport.

The only force in the world that can liberate the indigenous lands of Aram is the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). This time Israel needs to learn from its historical mistakes in Lebanon and arrive with a clear plan for remaking the northern Levant and stick to it irrespective of any amounts of misguided, shortsighted international pressure.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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