“I hope it (regime change in Syria) will happen, even though I don’t know when or how,” Dan Meridor, who also serves as the deputy prime minister of the Tel Aviv regime, said on Tuesday.
He also expressed “hope” that the “new Syria will understand that joining Iran is a mistake that brings isolation from the Western world.”
The latest remarks by the Israeli official come as anti-Syria Western regimes along with Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar have been supporting insurgents inside Syria.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Hamid Reza Emadi, a political commentator, to further shed light on the issue. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: The US-al-Qaeda-Israeli alliance, it looks odd, doesn’t it?
Emadi: Well, it definitely looks odd but remember it was the United States that created the al-Qaeda organization back in the 1980s. America’s goal was to kick the Russians out of Afghanistan.
Now the United States and al-Qaeda are coming together again this time in Syria. They are collaborating with Israel to topple the Syrian government.
Witnesses on the ground say that thousands of al-Qaeda operatives from Saudi Arabia, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Iraq, Somalia and even Chechnya have entered Syria in recent months. They are fighting the government there.
Those die-hard militants are getting paid by Saudi Arabia and are provided intelligence by the US government and Israel. The alliance between Israel and al-Qaeda may seem odd as you said, but if you look back, you will clearly see that the two have never bothered each other.
Al-Qaeda has never acted against Israel’s interests in the past and is now even helping Israel in Syria by launching an armed campaign against Damascus.
Press TV: But these are the same militants who have attacked Western interests in recent years, why does the US support them at this time?
Emadi: The US is using them as a tool now and as soon as they are done, the job is finished, the US will restart fighting them, as exactly what happened in Afghanistan in recent years.
But remember, the US never wanted to uproot al-Qaeda and did not deal with them seriously. It kept the insurgents on ice for a day like this but one thing is for sure and that is the genie will not get back to the bottle this time around.