August 7, 2006, - 6:10 pm

Me on Israel National Radio

By Debbie Schlussel
Here’s the audio from my interview with Israel National Radio (Arutz Sheva), yesterday morning. I’m on for 20 minutes from 25:26 to 45:26 in the audio stream. (The interview is with Israel National Radio’s Tamar Yonah and Malkah Fleisher.) I did the interview while I was only half-awake on Sunday Morning, so one correction: the majority in Syria are Sunnis, which is why the ruling Alawi minority (the Assads and their small circle) butchered them in Hama.

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Debbie,
Just listened to the interview and you mentioned that you were outed once from attending a muslim rally. Can you comment about that? How did they treat you?

AmericanIsraeli on August 7, 2006 at 10:11 pm

The Alawis are herterodox Shiite offshoot sect in Syria that’s predominant in the region around Latakia. The Baath in Iraq was a Sunni Arab minority lording it over a Shiite majority; In Syria its a Shiite minority lording it over a Sunni majority.
As for the talk of a ceasefire, I’m sick of it to my stomach. Quite frankly, if Israel’s leaders had the balls, they’d finish the job instead of sitting around waiting for an anti-semitic UN to rescue them. Newsflash to Ehud Olmert and Amir Peretz: the robust international (meaning NATO led) force you dreamt of will never materialize. Instead, its going to be a beefed-up UNIFIL and if you fall into this trap and let Hezbollah escape while its on the ropes, the next war is going to be a lot more bloodier. And you will have to explain to the people of Israel why you dithered and did nothing to win this war. Shame on you both if you let the people in the Free World down who are with Israel if you accept a ceasefire when you don’t have to.
NORMANF:
YOU ARE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND CORRECT ABOUT THE ALAWIS A/K/A ALAWITES (“AL-ALAWEEN”). AND YES, I’M VERY AWARE OF WHO AND WHAT THE ALAWIS ARE, AS I TALKED ABOUT THEM IN THIS INTERVIEW AND MANY OTHERS I’VE DONE. AS I SAID, I WAS ONLY HALF AWAKE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, WHEN I DID THE INTERVIEW. BUT IN MANY INTERVIEWS, I’VE DISCUSSED HOW THE ALAWITES ARE A MINORITY OVER A MAJORITY (AS I BELIEVE I MENTIONED IN THIS ONE), AS ARE MOST ARAB MUSLIM GOVERNMENTS–UNELECTED MINORITIES OVER MAJORITIES, SUCH AS THE HACHEMITES IN JORDAN OVER THE MAJORITY PALESTINIANS THERE, ETC. THERE IS MORE ON THE ALAWIS, WHICH I WON’T GO INTO HERE.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

NormanF on August 8, 2006 at 12:33 am

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