Assad puts peaceful mask on Israel-hating face

Posted: March 14, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Israel, Politics, Syria

Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, has decided to “play peace” again with Israel, fueling fantasies of Israeli radical Left, while delivering a good laugh to sane people. Bashar wants peace; really, really wants it… as soon as Israel withdraws from the entire Golan Heights, which Syria wants so much. Yes, same Golan Heights Syrians used to bombard Israeli towns daily for years, before 1967. As a reminder, Israel was forced to assault the difficult territory of Golan Heights exactly because the Syrians were shelling entire Israeli North, from positions high up. Now Syrians want the Heights back, because they are “occupied”.

Asked about reports from before Israel’s offensive in Gaza, that Jerusalem and Damascus had prepared for Turkish-mediated direct talks, Assad said, “The agreement on a meeting is not true. How are we supposed to jump to the end of the road when we have yet to finish the fundamental issues related to the direct negotiations, and particularly to the return of territory and to the signing of an agreement”.

Assad also clearly shows his own hypocrisy, when talking about the Palestinian refugees in Syria:

“Our people will not accept that, especially since there are half a million Palestinians in our country whose position remains unresolved. It is impossible under these terms to have peace in the natural sense.”

See? That’s the difference between Middle Eastern dictators and European democracies (some of them, at least). After the Second World War, many refugees who moved all around Europe were settled in countries they fled to. After 1948 and 1967 wars, hypocritical Syria still holds Palestinian refugees hostage in poverty and cramped spaces, to use as leverage against Israel. Nice job, Assad.


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