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From: Andrew Pollack via Marxism
"Finally there's the question of Resistance "supporters" such as
Syria and Iran, whose support is limited to training and material aid,
certainly has nothing to do with a strategy to mobilize the Arab and
Iranian masses. And of course at the moment all three are involved in
genocidal attacks on the Syrian component of those masses."
The idea of these three along with the Palestinians as the "Resistance"
or the "Rejectionists" is completely laughable. It is true that Iran has
in the past provided weaponry to Hamas, and that Hezbollah's past
conflicts with Israel, particularly in 2006, were at least in part
motivated by opening another front to help Palestine. The Syrian regime
has nothing to do with this dynamic; it has spent decades slaughtering
the Palestinian resistance, assassinating its leaders, trying to destroy
and take over its organisations, and while allowing some to have
headquarters in Syria, making damned sure, with an iron fist, that none
of them ever got anywhere near the occupied Golan border to do any
resistance there. Israel fully understands and appreciates this and has
said so clearly.
As for support to the Palestinians in Gaza, states alleged to be part of
an imaginary "pro-imperialist" or perhaps "non-rejectionist" (whatever
that means) "camp", such as Qatar, have certainly provided far more
concrete aid than the Syrian regime.
As for Iranian support, it was cut off in 2012 when Hamas made the
principled decision to support the Syrian uprising, citing the fact that
the Syrian people were undergoing a struggle similar to their own. Iran
put its sectarian/geopolitical alliance with the Syrian
counterrevolution ahead of any support to Palestinian resistance. This
also strained Hamas-Hezbollah relations, being on opposite sides in
Syria, but Hamas made sure to try to maintain a working relationship
with Hezbollah inside Lebanon, in the interests of the safety of the
Palestinian refugees, who largely live in similar areas to Hezbollah's
But as Andy said, even Hezbollah is irrelevant to the situation now;
with both Iranian troops and Hezbollah fully engaged in the main
counterrevolutionary war in the region in defense of tyranny, the time
for Israel to launch another savaging of Gaza was perfect. World
attention focused on ISIS' sudden surge in Iraq also made the time
perfect. As people joke now, Hezbollah will come to the aid of the
Palestinian resistance via Homs, Aleppo, Damascus and perhaps even Iraq,
where Hezbollah was rumoured to be sending some forces to fight ISIS
(and the Sunni rebellion) on behalf of its Iranian master. That's a
pretty long road to Palestine.
Let's be perfectly clear - all the talk of "resistance" in the region is
a giant pot of shit. The one and only resistance is Hamas and the
Palestinians it leads and its allies. The other alleged members of this
ex-group were fairweather friends at best. And whatever its faults, of
which there are plenty, Hamas' decision to back the Syrian uprising
represents something that would have been good to see from the Cubans,
Venezuelans etc - seeking allies among the masses rather than from among
the class enemy.
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