Israel's stability depends on Syria
SYRIA: A top Syrian official has warned about dire consequences of
instability in the country, insisting that security of the whole region,
including Israel's, depends on Syria. Rami Makhlouf, Syria's most
powerful businessman and an advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,
censured on Tuesday events unfolding in his country, reiterating that
the whole region will suffer from instability in Syria.
"If there is no stability here, there's no way there will be
stability in Israel; no way; and nobody can guarantee what will happen
after, God forbid, anything happens to this regime, Makhlouf told The
New York Times.
He also criticized Western governments for interfering in Syria's
internal affairs, urging them not to put too much pressure on Damascus.
"Don't put a lot of pressure on the president, don't push Syria to do
anything it is not happy to do," the business tycoon warned, adding that
"the decision of the government now is that they have decided to fight,"
with those inciting unrest in Syria.
Makhlouf's remarks came after the European Union imposed an arms
embargo on Syria and placed several leading Syrian officials on its
sanctions list following weeks of demonstrations in the Middle East
country, which Damascus has blamed on foreign elements.
Since the beginning of Syrian demonstrations in March, hundreds,
including members of the country's security forces, have been killed and
many others wounded.
The opposition blames the government for the violence, but Damascus
insists that armed gangs and foreign elements are responsible for the
killings. Press TV