Russian Diplomat Claims the United States Government and Israel are Committed to Destabilizing Syria

According to Russian presidential envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev, the governments of the United States and Israel are looking to maintain tension in southern Syria by sending militants there from armed groups from the al-Rukban refugee camp. 

A TAAS report noted that these fighters are from illegal armed groups. 

“The United States is training these militants and sending them to Syria’s central areas to stage various acts of sabotage. They have been demonstrating increased activity in recent times and are really destabilizing the situation in the southern provinces of al-Suwayda and Daraa,” he stated.

Additionally, Lavrentiev contended that Israel has “a lot of “influence” in Syria due to how it is allegedly interested in fomenting tension in this part of Syria. Though Lavrentiev conceded that Israel is not interested in directly heightening tensions on the Syrian-Israeli border.

Per the Russian diplomat’s estimates, there are roughly between 5,000 and 8,000 thousand people in the camp. “They are militants from illegal armed groups and their family members. There are no other people there. They left al-Rukban some 18-24 months ago, before the coronavirus pandemic,” he stated. “So, who is staying there now? Only those who are really committed to continuing to oppose the Syrian regime using armed methods.”

The US and Israel have various interests in Syria. In the former’s case, it’s on an ideological crusade to topple all authoritarian governments that don’t bow down to its universalist, multicultural government. For Israel, Syria is a rival in the region that is still bitter about its defeats during the Six Day and Yom Kippur wars. In addition, Syria is an explicitly anti-Zionist state that has forged a solid alliance with another bitter Israeli foe in Iran, which many experts speculate is trying to use Syria as a potential base to confront Israel via its proxies.   

Regardless of the geopolitical intrigues in Syria, the US should stay out of this conflict zone. There’s no pressing interest at stake here and Syria poses no threat to the US. Moreover, when our southern border is collapsing, it’s the height of political malpractice to send military resources in Syria. 

It’s time to actually put America First.

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