Assad: Israel, Turkey made a pact against Syria

In lengthy interview, Syrian president says rebel victory would destabilize the Middle East, slams Arab League.

By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
April 6, 2013 16:42
4 minute read.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an interview with Turkish Ulusal TV, April 5, 2013.

Assad in interview with Turkish journalists 370. (photo credit: YouTube Screenshot)

Israel's apology to Turkey over the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident was a result of a pact made between Jerusalem and Ankara against Syria, Syrian President President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Turkish Ulusal Kanal television channel that was aired on Friday.

The Syrian president postulated that the apology "shows that [Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdogan has entered into a pact with Israel in order to damage the situation in Syria."

"The question is why didn't [Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu] apologize in years passed. What has changed? It's the same Erdogan, it's the same Netanyahu. What has changed is the situation in Syria," Assad said.