Sunday, October 07, 2007

Syrian paper Return the Golan 'by any means'

An editorial in the state-run Syrian newspaper Al-Ba'ath called for the return of the Golan Heights to Syria by any means necessary. "We, the Syrian people and our leaders have the steadfast determination to liberate our captured land no matter the means or the methods," the article read. The article appeared in the paper on Saturday to mark the 34th anniversary of the start of the Yom Kippur War.

Elias Morad, the editor of the paper and the author of the piece, stated in the editorial that the Syrian people "know the path to liberation is long and difficult, it is not easy or simple like its described." Morad then described Israel as "an enemy that has the support of the strongest country on Earth," alluding to the United States. Also on Saturday, a letter was issued by members of the Syrian Army's top brass, which stated that Israeli leaders have "grown accustomed to provocation," adding that this does not mean they don't reserve the right to self-defense and that Israel would pay the price for violating Syria's sovereignty.

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