Assad vows ‘strategic revenge’ on Israel, modeled on Hezbollah

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(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Syria will “give Hezbollah everything” in recognition of its support
and will follow the terror group’s model of “resistance” against Israel, a
Lebanese newspaper on Thursday quoted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as
saying, AFP reported.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed “strategic revenge” on Israel for the recent airstrikes reportedly launched by the Jewish state. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Assad’s comments, published by Al-Akhbar,
reportedly came during meetings with Lebanese visitors in Damascus and appeared
intended to refute any suggestion that last week’s reported Israeli airstrikes
on Syrian targets would halt assistance to the Shiite group Hezbollah in
Lebanon. Al-Akhbar said Lebanese visitors
quoted Assad as expressing “confidence, satisfaction and great gratitude
towards Hezbollah.”

Iranian-backed Hezbollah is a longtime ally of the Syrian regime and has
sent fighters to battle alongside Assad’s troops, particularly in the Qusayr
district of the central province of Homs. Assad said Syria would reward Hezbollah
for its loyalty.

Assad said Syria could “easily” respond to Israeli airstrikes by “firing
a few rockets at Israel,” but Syria instead was seeking “strategic revenge, by
opening the door of resistance and turning all of Syria into a country of
resistance.”

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Source: JNS.org

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