Syria’s revolution strives to liberate the Syrian people from the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad, not to establish a government that will attack Israel, according to Riad Muasses, the France-based Syrian National Council (SNC) press spokesman.
“We lost the Golan Heights in 1967 the last time we attacked Israel, and since then the Syrian Army has never had the capacity to attack Israel,” Muasses said.
“The only thing that would happen if we attacked Israel is that we would lose more land. Israel really has nothing to fear about a free Syria,” he went on.
Muasses added that the SNC will not be the government that replaces the al-Assad regime but an organization that facilitates a democratic transition culminating in a free and fair election after which a new parliament would govern a post-al-Assad Syria.
While Muasses said that Syria’s new foreign policy vis-à-vis Russia, Iran and Hezbollah should be decided by a forthcoming parliament, he believed it likely that the new Syrian government would want to distance itself from those parties. “We should have nothing to do with Hezbollah, what have they done for Syria?” Muasses asked.
He added that the post-revolution government would deliberate on the possibility that the revolution would be an opportunity for a new Syria to “liberate the Golan Heights with negotiations with Israel.”
The Syrian National Council is currently in Tunis for the international conference of the Friends of Syria.
Muasses expressed dismay with what he considered the international community’s lip-service to the imposition of sanctions on the regime while the al-Assad family still enjoys many assets abroad. “The international community did nothing about Gaddhafi’s assets, nothing about Ben Ali’s assets, nothing about Mubarak’s assets when they were killing their own people. It is not a surprise that Asma al-Assad can go to England anytime she wants and the British government does nothing about seizing her assets,” he complained, referring to the holdings of al-Assad’s wife, who is a duel citizen of Syria and the UK, born in the latter country.
Muasses is originally from Damascus but he left Syria with his family 42 years ago for France after his family opposed the military coup that ushered in the reign of Hafez al-Assad, father of Syria’s current President Bashar al-Assad.