Arab Today, arab today the regional space instead of the syrian soil
Last Updated : GMT 13:09:04
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

The regional space instead of the Syrian soil

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today the regional space instead of the syrian soil

Walid Choucair

The analysts and observers, along with those assessing the goals and dimensions of Hezbollah’s and Iran’s dispatch of the reconnaissance drone Ayoub to the skies of occupied Palestine on October 6 are puzzled. This is while numerous analyses, reactions and controversies emerged on the Lebanese domestic arena in regard to this development, in parallel to the international reactions warning against its repercussions and even accusing the party and Iran of trying to lead Lebanon towards war. The drone’s provocation of war is very unlikely for numerous reasons, ones which are not limited to the argument saying that Israel will not wage such a war while it is preparing for the anticipated legislative elections in January. And just as it is believed that Israel does not want war, neither does Hezbollah. Indeed, the two sides of this alleged war have already exchanged indirect messages in this regard, the last of which were seen during the tripartite meetings held under the command and at the headquarters of UNIFIL in the Lebanese South between Lebanese and Israeli armies. The latter had informed the Lebanese army around three months ago that it will not be the one initiating war, while the Lebanese army informed the Israeli side on behalf of Hezbollah’s command that it will not launch war. This even reached the point where the party’s leaders themselves have been repeating in their sessions: “We are acquiring weapons and the Israelis know that. For their part, the Israelis are also acquiring weapons and receiving training, and we know that." This simple equation is probably what transformed the Lebanese South into a very safe and calm area, even more than the other Lebanese regions which are either witnessing strife or concerns over the eruption of strife due to the acute Lebanese division, especially in regard to the Syrian crisis. Clearly, the accomplishment secured by Iran and the party, which were able to infiltrate the Israeli radars and whose drone was able to take pictures of military targets, was intended to have a satellite media dimension exceeding the military character. Indeed, had the event been limited to this facet, its mystery would have been sustained as it is usually done by the party, which intentionally surrounds any military step it undertakes with secrecy. Nonetheless, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s adoption of this step and the airing of footage by Al-Manar channel showing the course adopted by the drone throughout more than a week, in addition to Tehran’s bragging about the accomplishment, makes one believe that the accomplishment had a multipurpose media dimension related to the Iranian-Western tensions, the Syrian crisis and its repercussions on the Lebanese scene. Nowadays, all the accomplishments aired on satellite channels have their media and psychological impact, ever since the American landing on Mars and Austrian adventurer Felix Baumgartner’s breaking of the sound barrier with his 39-kilometer high jump. On the other hand, the Iranian IRNA news agency’s announcement of the fact that Syria will launch a satellite in space within a few weeks raises questions surrounding the timing of this announcement, at a time when the ally, i.e. the Syrian regime in Damascus, has lost control over more than half the Syrian soil and the European Union has announced that Eutelsat discontinued the broadcasting of 19 Iranian satellite channels in the context of the tightening of the sanctions on Tehran. We should bear in mind the fact that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had said months ago he was winning on the ground (in reference to his military steps in the face of his oppositionists), that his opponents were winning in space (in reference to the satellite channels which he accused of carrying out falsification) and that soon “we will win in space as well”. If this report is true, then his inability to impose his control on the ground raises questions related to whether or not his supporters in the rejectionist front have decided to make it up for him on the media level and in space, in parallel to his warplanes’ control over the country’s airspace, their destruction of cities and villages and their bombing of the people without any mercy. Whether or not the party and the Iranian side intended this, one of the results of the dispatch of the Ayoub drone is that the domestic standoff revealed division over this accomplishment, at a time when the Lebanese official sides would have preferred to see it remain non-adopted. Also among its results is that it turned the controversy surrounding Hezbollah’s involvement on the ground in the fight alongside the Syrian regime on the Syrian domestic arena, into a controversy over the technical accomplishment which dazzled the party’s supporters, after the latter were concerned about the implication in the battles in Syria and the death of the fighters on arenas other than the ones for which they were prepared. At this level, can one resort to the saying “covering the sky with a dome”?  -- The views expressed by the author do not necessarily represent or reflect the editorial policy of Arabstoday.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today the regional space instead of the syrian soil Arab Today, arab today the regional space instead of the syrian soil

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Kanye West puts hijab-wearing model

GMT 12:22 2017 Monday ,20 February

Kanye West puts hijab-wearing model
Arab Today, arab today Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery
Arab Today, arab today To release new antiques collection

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection
Arab Today, arab today Optimism on the front line

GMT 07:24 2017 Monday ,20 February

Optimism on the front line
Arab Today, arab today Murder of 2 reporters in Dominican Republic

GMT 22:45 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Murder of 2 reporters in Dominican Republic

GMT 04:15 2013 Saturday ,28 September

Rohani's caution and Obama's about-face

GMT 04:37 2013 Saturday ,21 September

The Russian opportunity for Iranian flexibility

GMT 04:09 2013 Saturday ,14 September

The ironies of postponing a military strike against Syria

GMT 06:16 2013 Saturday ,31 August

The mistake of chemical weapons

GMT 05:02 2013 Monday ,19 August

Egypt, Syria, Russia and Saudi Arabia

GMT 07:37 2013 Saturday ,03 August

Elections in Kuwait and the true effort needed

GMT 07:59 2013 Saturday ,27 July

Sanctions on Hezbollah in the context of Iran
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Kidogo provides childcare for underserved

GMT 20:24 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Kidogo provides childcare for underserved
Arab Today, arab today Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed

GMT 06:50 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed
Arab Today, arab today London to tax old cars

GMT 14:06 2017 Friday ,17 February

London to tax old cars
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Competes Sweden and Germans by S90

GMT 22:36 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Competes Sweden and Germans by S90
Arab Today, arab today Porsche reveals new 2018 Panamera

GMT 17:31 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Porsche reveals new 2018 Panamera
Arab Today, arab today Egypt to hold first session of Arab film festival

GMT 21:11 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Egypt to hold first session of Arab film festival
Arab Today, arab today Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 20:41 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 07:30 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Actress Nadeen Al Rassi views art as her entity

GMT 06:40 2017 Friday ,10 February

MP calls for removing text from Islamic story

GMT 16:08 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Shawsh reveals her collection "Jewelry of dreams"

GMT 10:26 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

Emergency UN meeting in Harare

GMT 14:04 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

"Lagom" new Swedish concept in interior design

GMT 12:07 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Bite-mimicking malaria vaccine

GMT 19:16 2017 Friday ,17 February

Aziz House ready to host the tourists

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 12:39 2017 Monday ,20 February

newest smartphone another winner for Huawei

GMT 17:36 2017 Monday ,13 February

Designer prepares to present 2017 collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday