Gathering along a fence separating them from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, the Druze celebrated the anniversary of the start of the Arab-Israeli war of 1973, and also celebrated Syria’s successes in its fight against terrorist groups.
The Druze community has been repeatedly targeted by ISIS jihadists over the last few years, leading to numerous protests in the Golan Heights in the Israeli-occupied part because of the violence they suffered in Syria.
People gathered on both sides of the fence that separate Israeli occupied Golan from Syria to commemorate the start of the 1973 Arab–Israeli War. pic.twitter.com/rSHx3IKScI
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With Syrian flags, portraits of President Bashar Assad, binoculars and megaphones, people in the village of Massade shouted loyalty to the Syrian government, with troops and civilians on the other side of the border shouting and waving back. This village, part of the Quneitra district of Syria, has been under Israeli occupation since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
Israel occupied 1,200 square kilometers of the 1,800 square kilometers of the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War, formally annexing that territory in 1981. The UN Security Council, however, condemned the decision, considering this annexation without international legal effect. Even Israel’s closest ally, the United States, has not recognized this annexation despite the superpower supporting all of Israel’s depravity, aggression and occupation of the West Bank through increased settlement programs.
Meanwhile, Defense and Security Committee member of the Council of the Russian Federation, Frants Klintsevich, expressed confidence in the effectiveness of the S-300 in Syria.
Earlier, Israeli Minister of Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi stated that delivering the S-300 anti-aircraft defense systems to Syria would not affect the effectiveness of the Israeli Air Force that owns US fifth-generation F-35 fighters.
Klintsevich stated that it is “best not to check” this theory.
“Israel is playing with fire, and it can go wrong,” he wrote on his Facebook.
“To think that Russia could now retreat is not only a misunderstanding but a serious mistake, for which I have no explanation. For the most part, Israel, for many historical reasons, must know Russia and its mentality. The S-300 will fulfill their work with 100% effectiveness,” said the senator.
On September 24, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced measures to increase the security of the Russian military in Syria in response to the downing of the Il-20 aircraft, for which Moscow blamed Israel. The minister recalled that in 2013, at the request of Israel, Russia suspended the supply of the S-300 to Syria. But now the situation has changed and it was not because of Russia.