Assad: Golan will return to Arab hands

In interview for Syrian army's 64th anniversary, president says "peace, occupation are opposites."

March 8, 2010 22:29
2 minute read.
US Mideast envoy George Mitchell shakes hands with

US Mideast envoy George Mitchell shakes hands with. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


After the Saudi foreign minister flatly rejected the US request that his country make goodwill gestures toward Israel, Syrian President Bashar Assad was quoted repeating his refusal to resume negotiations with Israel unless the country first commits to ceding the Golan Heights.

In an interview published Saturday in a Syrian military magazine's edition celebrating the 64th anniversary of the army, Assad said "peace and occupation are opposites that can never meet."

He repeated the Syrian position that "returning all occupied territories to the 4th of June [1967, prior to the Six Day War] borders is not up for negotiation or discussion."

He insisted that Syria wanted "a fair peace, but there is a great difference between an honest invitation to lay the foundations for peace according to the legitimate international resolutions, and accepting Israel's demands," which, he said, "contradict the principles of peace.

"The Syrian Golan will yet return to Arab hands," Assad promised. He made similar statements in a speech Friday to mark Army Day.

The interview with Assad was published on the same day that American sanctions against the country were extended by a year. The US decision came despite recent efforts by Washington to thaw relations with Damascus, which were frozen by the Bush administration for Syria's role in destabilizing Lebanon.

Hizbullah on Saturday blasted US President Barack Obama for the decision to extend the sanctions.

The group called the decision "a callous intervention" in Lebanese affairs and an "aggressive act of imperialist arrogance."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani walks near an armored vehicle at the frontlin
April 21, 2019
Iran’s VIPs just got a new IRGC commander