Assad. Not listening to calming messages
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Assad advisor: There's always a chance of war

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban tells Hezbollah TV station that Syria is not interested in Israeli threats, calming messages

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban,Syrian President Bashar Assad's political advisor, warned Monday that "there is always a chance of war". According to Shaaban, Syria is not listening to Israel, whether the Jewish state is relaying "calming or non-calming" messages", but is monitoring its actions.


In an interview to Hezbollah's al-Manar television network, the Syrian official was asked to respond to the calming messages conveyed by Israel. She replied that "Syria's actions are not based on others' calming messages, but on its abilities and information about the enemy it is facing.


"We are not interested in the threats or in the calming messages. What we are interested in is the Arab and international stand. No one has the courage to relay messages to Syria," she said.


She addressed Israel's claims that it was in constant danger and the threats she said it made against "the resistance movements and the countries supporting the Arab's rights." According to Shaaban, "These are pressure measures used by Israel to cover up the fact that it is torpedoing the peace negotiations, continuing the settlements, Judaizing Jerusalem, attacking mosques and expelling the Palestinians.


"All these statements are not directed at us but at the Western world, so that it will sense that Israel is in danger and that it is its right to kill and destroy in order to stay safe… Israel's security perception basically aspires to continue the deception in order to gain constant and unconditional support for Israel from the Western world."


Dr. Shaaban went on to slam Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, saying that "we are not listening to Lieberman's statements and are not considering them. His remarks are aimed at covering up one thing in order to gain other things."


פרסום ראשון: 05.18.10, 07:56
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