Syria will be ready if "war is imposed" by Israel, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Lebanese television Wednesday. "We are faced with an enemy that has shown until this day that it understands nothing but the language of force, and it seems that peace in the region is not in the horizon," Assad said in an interview with the Hizbullah-run Al-Manar television late Wednesday.
According to AFP, Assad said the current tension, which he described as a "state of no-war, no-peace," would inevitably lead to either war or peace.
"Do we have any hope in the Israeli government? No. But we do believe that Israel is left with no choice but peace," he said. "But when war is imposed on you, you wage that war irrespective of the balance of power," he added.