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Assad: Israel may attack, Syria will stand strong

Syrian president does not reject possibility of another war in region, this time with head-on clashes between his army, IDF. 'Israel looking for way out and may embark on new adventure,' he says

After promising that Syria would liberate the Golan Heights, President Bashar Assad says that the possibility of a new war breaking out in the region must not be ruled out.


"This option is possible, because Israel is looking for a way out from the crisis it is in through a new adventure, by which it will restore its security," the Syrian president said, according to the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir.


Assad estimated that Israel may attack Syria under the pretext that it is aiding Iran, "but Syria will resist, will stand strong and will never give in."


Assad estimated that the pressures on Damascus would increase, but said that it would not make any concessions "and the Syria people are united in the face of all of this."


He warned of the possibility that Lebanon was falling into "the entanglement of internationalization."


According to him, the UNIFIL forces sent to the area "are increasingly developing in their scope and equipment and are turning into NATO forces, like what happened in Bosnia. This internationalization will continue in the entire area and lead the Middle East to the situation they are interested in, by inciting ethnic conflicts, in order to divide it, like what happened in Iraq."


Will Nasrallah attend victory celebrations?

The Syrian president added that his country was working to ensure Lebanon's stability, and expressed his concern over the internal situation in the neighboring country "because the West is tempting the Lebanon to split from the Arab area."


As-Safir also reported of the preparations taking place ahead of the "unprecedented victory celebrations" which will be held Friday by Hizbullah at the southern suburb of Beirut.


Organization officials estimated that their leader Hassan Nasrallah would participate in the celebrations and deliver a speech, alongside thousands of delegations. High capacity has been noted on flights to Lebanon ahead of the events.


פרסום ראשון: 09.21.06, 14:03
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