Erdogan-Obama Meeting: Israel must be provided with guarantee of safety
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 17 / Trend /
Trend Arabic News Service head Rufiz Hafizoglu
Along with the signing of a free trade agreement, the Syrian issue was discussed at the meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama, which is in the world spotlight.
After the meeting Erdogan said that the main topics of discussion at the meeting were the cessation of bloody clashes in Syria, support for the Syrian opposition, the prevention of terrorist organizations in Syria and the representation of all national minorities in the future government.
Barack Obama said that the U.S. is decisively determined to continue efforts aimed at Bashar al-Assad's resignation and a new democratic system without Assad in Syria.
Although the sides outwardly adhere to a common opinion on the Syrian issue, given the fact that the conflict is still going on, it is obvious that the U.S does not fully support Turkey.
The differences between the US and Turkey can be attributed to the U.S's concern for its most important ally in the region - Israel, rather than Syria's future.
That's why, unlike Turkey, the U.S has been cool on the Syrian issue.
While analyzing the ongoing events in Syria, one can see that in fact Israel is not really interested in the silence of the Assad regime.
Despite Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights in Syria, one can say that the Syrian government has not yet taken any significant actions to liberate the territories. A change of the government in Syria could jeopardize the unofficial peace between parties.
It is wrong to think that Israel is unable to stop a threat from Syria.
However, Israeli officials are well aware that Bashar al-Assad's withdrawal can spin the conflict in a dangerous direction and "Hezbollah's" acquisition of chemical weapons from Syria will bode nothing good for Israel.
Even "Hezbollah" leader Hassan Nasrallah in a recent interview said that the Syrian government would give chemical weapons to "Hezbollah".
Of course, Israel's security is more related to the fact that chemical weapons in Syria are under control, rather than in transit to Lebanon with the help of "Hezbollah", which is considered to be "state within a state" in Beirut.
But "Hezbollah" is not the only threat to Israel.
Thus, armed opposition groups under the influence of the international terrorist organization "Al-Qaeda" springing up as a result of the ongoing clashes in Syria and the movement of militants' from other Arab countries to Syria are some of the most dangerous factors.
One of the interesting things is that the Syrian political elite, which is in opposition, has not given any guarantees of Israel's security yet.
Taking all this into account, it becomes clear why the U.S. is more restrained about Syria's problems and that the Syrian problem will be solved only if Israel's security is ensured.