Syria: War with Israel possible
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad discussed on Wednesday with Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Angel Moratinos developments in the region and the stalled peace process. The Syrian leader stated that Israel is not serious about achieving peace "since all facts point out that Israel is pushing the region towards war, not peace."
Earlier, Syria'a Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem commented on the recent statements by the Israeli defense Minister Ehud Barak about a possible war against Syria. "Israel plants the atmosphere of war in the region….Syria calls on Israel to halt directing threats once against Gaza, another against South Lebanon, then Iran and now Syria," the minister said.
"Israel should not test Syria's determination… Israel knows that war will move to the Israeli cities….Israel has to commit to the just and comprehensive peace requirements," he added.
As for the recent Israeli military drills, al-Moallem said "all armies do drills….This is an issue… They are either addressing an inner situation in Israel or they want to inflame the atmosphere of war in the region due to their failure to commit to peace requirements… but undoubtedly if we suppose that this war will break out, and we shouldn't rule out all potentials from an entity mainly founded on aggression… then I say that war will be comprehensive whether it hits south Lebanon or Syria, and I rule out our generation will witness peace talks later."