Syrian FM: War with Israel possible

Says every rational person should prepare for consequences of "crazy" US policies.

Walid Moallem 248 88 (photo credit: AP [file])
Walid Moallem 248 88
(photo credit: AP [file])
A war between Syria and Israel is certainly a possibility, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem was quoted as saying Sunday. In an interview with the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Anba, Moallem was asked if he believed that Israel was preparing for war against Lebanon or Syria in order to avoid addressing internal issues. "Everything is possible", he answered, adding that "every rational person should prepare for every eventuality in the wake of the crazy policies advocated by the US, whose goals are certainly not achieving stability and security in the region." Moallem went on to call Hizbullah a friend of Syria. "Hizbullah is not a proxy of Syria but a friend. Hizbullah is a part of Lebanon and the difficulties Lebanon faces." Regarding Israel's possible involvement in the assassination of Hizbullah terror chief Imad Mughniyeh, the Syrian foreign minister stated, "The investigation is ongoing. I do not wish to jump to the concluding part of the investigation." However, he said that every time a great crime is committed, the question of who stands to benefit from it must be asked, adding that "Israel holds a top spot on that list." Moallem denied reports that Syria was itself involved in the assassination. "Whoever makes this assertion is not familiar with the details of the investigation." He also rejected the claim that the assassination constituted a security breach. "Crimes such as this take place in many capital cities around the world and I cannot classify it as a security breach. Furthermore, Mughniyeh habitually entered Damascus under aliases and he lived in a community in which the neighbors believed he worked as a driver. He did not have bodyguards and did not take security precautions," said Moallem. The Syrian foreign minister noted that the country's security services were entrusted with the investigation into Mughniyeh's assassination. "We are undertaking significant efforts in order to complete the investigation. We will announce the results at its conclusion," he added.