Assad insists on having Syria figure on the international platform like Russia is , and not be confined to its borders or to its regional role and regional environment because Syria is not dealing with a regional problem and a local problem that is occupation but with an international problem that is Terror, and this problem is common to Syria and Russia and they both have to fight Terror together on this international platform that is Syria . The fact that they fight Terror in Syria is not brought up and the role of the israeli state is not highlighted as the terrorist issue is . The president only says that israel wants to undermine Syria because with a strong Syria israel would have to head for peace . A very strange argument , as if israel wanted peace or was after peace whether Syria is strong or weak, the israelis don not want peace nor will they give back the Golan Heights that they have been occupying for 50 years now. The president said:
“Why? Because Israel is our enemy, because they occupy our lands, and they look at Syria as enemy of course, and for them they think if they undermine the position of Syria and make it weaker as a whole, as society, as army, as state, that will prevent Israel from moving toward the peace, and the price of the peace is to give back the Golan Heights to Syria. So, for them, Syria will be busy with another issue now, it would be busy to talk about the Golan or the peace process, or even to do anything to get back its land. That’s why Israel is supporting every terrorist, and there’s no contradiction between Israel and any organization like al-Nusra or ISIS or any Al Qaeda-linked organization.