Marking the 48th anniversary of the October War, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has lauded Syria’s resistance that has exposed Israel’s weakness.
In a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Berri marked the 1973 war, known as the October War to the Arabs and as the Yom Kippur War to the Israelis, expressing confidence that “the men who made [victory in] October of Liberation are able today to make ... [a permanent victory] in the face of terrorism and siege... that keeps Syria strong and impregnable and a focal point for Arab identity,” Lebanon's al-Ahed news website reported on Wednesday.
Berri said that October 6, 1973 marks the sacrifices of valiant Syrian army officers and soldiers.
“Syria has proven the powerlessness of the Zionist regime in the face of the Arabs’ right to resist to liberate their lands, as Syria had … an unyielding determination and an unbreakable will to restore the entire territory of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights,” he added.
In 1967, the Israeli regime waged a full-scale war against Arab territories, including those of Syria.
The war resulted in the Israeli occupation of what remained of historic Palestine, as well as the Egyptian Sinai desert, and a large swathe of the Golan Heights from Syria.
In 1973, another war, known as the Arab-Israeli War or the Yom Kippur War, broke out between the Israeli regime and a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria. A year later, a UN-brokered ceasefire came into force, according to which the Israeli regime and the Syrian government agreed to separate their troops, and create a buffer zone patrolled by the UN Disengagement and Observer Force (UNDOF).
In late 1981, Israel passed the Golan Heights Law that extended the regime’s “laws, jurisdiction and administration” to the Golan Heights, effectively annexing the territory to Israel.
However, a few days after the law’s passage in Israel’s parliament, UN Security Council Resolution 497 determined the law as “null and void and without international legal effect.”
It also demanded that Israel, the as occupying power, “should rescind forthwith its decision.”
The international community recognizes the Golan Heights to be official Syrian territory and widely rejects Israeli military occupation.