On January 9, one of Germany’s major pro-Israel weekly, Der Spiegel, published an anti-Syria hoax by Erich Follath, a well-known Israeli Hasbara (propaganda) journalist.
Follath claims that even though Syria’s unfinished nuclear facility at al-Kibar was completely destroyed by Israeli F16s (donated by United States) in 2007 using Maverick missiles and 500 kilogram bombs, that did not stop Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s ambition to build a nuclear bomb. He blames both Iran and North Korea for helping Syrian leader to fulfill his ambition.
Follath admits that his claim is based on information he received from Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) and the rebels fighting Assad regime. The Washington-based ISIS was founded and chaired by David Albright, a dual citizen of both the US and Israel. He owns a home in Haifa. Scott Ritter (married to a Jewish woman) the former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, has called David Albright “a liar” based on the fact that Albright lied about being a former UN weapon inspector.
Follath describes the facility as “secret”‘ but Western intelligence agencies have been aware of its existence for several years. It has been visible on the Google Earth portal for three years and was described as a possible Scud ballistic missile storage facility in an August 2012 article in Jane’s Intelligence Review, a British monthly specializing in security affairs.
In May 2009, Follath had claimed at Der Spiegel that Sheikh Nasrallah, secretary general of Lebanese Islamic Resistance Hizbullah was behind the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. In response to Follath’s claim Nasrallah said: “I consider the report in the Der Spiegel an Israeli accusation. The Israelis are acting preemptively before it is discovered that their spying networks were involved in the assassinations in Lebanon.”
Nasrallah’s comments also bore reference to Hizbullah and Lebanese intelligence counterespionage forays which led to the apprehension of around 30 suspected Israeli-commissioned spies. One suspect, Ziad Homsi, admitted to being tasked to organize the assassination of Hassan Nasrallah.
On August 26, 2009, Follath compared Iranian president Dr. Ahmadinejad as “religious fanatic and warmongering” twin brother of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu – both bent on a great bloodshed for their Messianic mission.
Iranian foreign minister Dr. Javad Zarif has rejected as ridiculous Der Spiegel‘s claim that Iran is helping Syria build nuclear weapons. He said such claims are part of a scaremongering campaign targeting the Islamic Republic’s peaceful nuclear work, paving the way for adopting wrong policies vis-à-vis Syria.
“Based on the fatwa by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, we have never been and will never be after nuclear weapons,” said the Iranian foreign minister.
Iran has repeatedly voiced opposition to the possession of nuclear weapons either on its soil or anywhere else in the world.
Both Syria and Iran are signatory to NPT which obliged them to allow IAEA team to inspection their nuclear facilities periodically. Israel is not a signatory to NPT and has routinely refused to allow not only IAEA inspections but also American nuclear inspectors to enter its five nuclear facilities.
Syria is known to have one Chinese-built 30KWt SRR-1 research reactor.
Syria, Iran and North Korea have rejected the allegations. Iran has held two Nuclear Free Middle East conferences in the past. In December 2012, 174 UN-member states called upon the Zionist regime to join NPT, which it refused.