Syria’s Assad: Israel is the enemy and we hate it

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
In his first public speech since the ceasefire in Lebanon, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad proclaimed victory to Hizballah today, and said that the US policy to reshape the Middle East has failed. He added that “Israel does not want peace. Israel is the enemy and we hate it. Resistance is the only way to go.”

Assad, who spoke today in front of the Journalists Union in Damascus, said that the United States is necessary for the advancement of peace in the area, but not under the leadership of President Bush.

Assad also claimed that the military campaign was planned well in advance by Israel and she would have attacked even without the kidnapping of the soldiers. “They were planning to attack during the winter so they will not hurt the tourism season for them and or their collaborators in Lebanon,” he said.

President Assad also addressed the Israeli people saying that “You have tasted the price of war in Lebanon. Your weapons, including your nuclear weapons, will not be able to protect you. Our generations are growing and will be able to defeat you.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said in response to the speech that “Syria will have to decide where they stand. Lebanon is supposed to take off without them. They cannot influence and lead an open front with Hizballah.” In his first public speech since the ceasefire in Lebanon, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad proclaimed victory to Hizballah today, and said that the US policy to reshape the Middle East has failed. He added that “Israel does not want peace. Israel is the enemy and we hate it. Resistance is the only way to go.”

Assad, who spoke today in front of the Journalists Union in Damascus, said that the United States is necessary for the advancement of peace in the area, but not under the leadership of President Bush.

Assad also claimed that the military campaign was planned well in advance by Israel and she would have attacked even without the kidnapping of the soldiers. “They were planning to attack during the winter so they will not hurt the tourism season for them and or their collaborators in Lebanon,” he said.

President Assad also addressed the Israeli people saying that “You have tasted the price of war in Lebanon. Your weapons, including your nuclear weapons, will not be able to protect you. Our generations are growing and will be able to defeat you.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said in response to the speech that “Syria will have to decide where they stand. Lebanon is supposed to take off without them. They cannot influence and lead an open front with Hizballah.”

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