Syrian President Bashar al-Assad revealed in an interview that the US government offered him legal immunity if he left power. Assad did not address the airstrikes associated with Israel, but did emphasize that Israel will always be Syria’s enemy.

Assad says that Israel will always be Syria’s enemy

Assad says that Israel will always be Syria’s enemy Photo Credit: Syrian Arab News Agency/Channel 2 News

During an interview today (Thursday) with Syria’s al-Watan Newspaper, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his own citizens, claimed that the US offered him full legal immunity.

Assad revealed this surprise towards the end of the interview when he was asked about the future of his regime within the country where a bloody civil war has been raging for nearly six years and has claimed the lives of 500,000 Syrians.

According to Assad, the US indirectly proposed for him to leave power for any country of his choice that would agree to take him. In return, he would be completely immune from being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague. Assad also maintained that countries such as Qatar and Turkey offered Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad sanctuary within their territories. In addition, he said that except for his visit to Russia, he has not left Syrian territory since the start of the civil war.

The explosion following the airstrike near Damascus this week

The explosion following the airstrike near Damascus this week Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Aside from his statements regarding the US, Assad also spoke about Israel. However, he did not mention the airstrikes that Israel allegedly carried out within Syria, the most recent of which was reported yesterday by JOL in which a Syrian military airport near Damascus was attacked. According to Assad, the moderation demonstrated by the Gulf states is one of the reasons behind Israel’s survival and its superiority within the Middle East. Yet he added that this is no reason for Saudi Arabia or Qatar to become Syria’s enemies.

“We are accustomed to Israel being the enemy,” said the interviewer. “Have any more countries become our enemies?”

“Anyone who conquers our land is an enemy to our country, not a country whose leaders use hostile policies,” Assad responded. “Israel alone remains an enemy to our country.”