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In light of the candid revelations from Dr. Bashar Al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic and Secretary General of the Ba’ath Party, concerning the spy, Khaaled Mish’al, of Hamaas, we are reprinting the article from the former Syrian Perspective post of October 2, 2012 and linking it to the translation of Dr. Assad’s remarks to the Palestinians along with the actual Arabic text.  Enjoy:



I was in Syria on September 25, 1997 visiting Damascus.  On that date, we heard about an attempted assassination of a Palestinian figure in Amman.  There were no details provided other than a team of “Israelis” were apprehended.  At that time, President Hafez Al-Assad was still alive, preparing his son, Dr. Bashar Al-Assad, as his heir apparent. Bashar was an apt pupil, I was told.

I met up with Aouni, whose last name I cannot reveal, at the Qahwat Al-Qimma on Jabal Qaasyoon for dinner and drinks.  Aouni knew me from our days in Amman in 1968 and on.  He had aged considerably with a noticeably arched spine that made him seem almost senescent.  Aouni was still involved with the PFLP, but as expected, in some white collar desk job shuffling papers.

That night, Aouni told me about Khaled Mish’al and his membership in the Muslim Brotherhood.  Like so many of my friends,  the Muslim Brotherhood was anathema.  Friends like Abu Hani in Dearborn who grew up during the rise of the Brotherhood often perfunctorily grimaced at their very mention.  Dr. Richard Mitchell of whom I have written in my articles about the making of an Islamist terrorist always talked about them and their methods of survival.  Amazingly though, Aouni, who despised Zionism as much as this writer, wanted the “Israelis” to succeed.  You see, at the time we were sitting down to Johnny Walker Black cocktails, Mishal was still alive, but supposedly, “in a coma” induced by some poison administered in his left ear. Aouni didn’t believe a word of the story.  Sadly, my father, Amin Abu Fadel, died in May of 1998 after a long and debilitating battle with lung cancer occasioned by 60 years of heavy smoking.  My father also abhorred the Brotherhood and would have probably seconded Aouni’s verdict.

Dr. Assad always knew this dog would bite the hand of its owner.  Regrettably, the Iranians saw something in this vicious scoundrel.


I have to admit, I became curious.  I did not travel at that time to Amman since I had lost my relatives there to the dream of America; they moved to the Los Angeles area and settled into a comfortable,  Californian lifestyle.  But I did pick up literature in Damascus and read about Meshal’s quite suspicious circumstances.  What I learned about the assassination attempt was that the Zionist hit team was made up of 6 agents carrying Canadian travel documents, two of whom were to deliver the poisoned bullet to Meshal’s left ear with the rest being support personnel, one of whom was supposedly a female physician tasked with administering an antidote if the agents stupidly managed to inject themselves with the poison.  Whoever made up that story….well, anyways.

But the proof is in the pudding.  The poison was declared to be levofentanyl, a narcotic analgesic known for a rapid onset with “short duration of action”.  It’s an ordinary, commonly used narcotic in surgical operations.  It puts you to sleep.  It’s more powerful than morphine, to be sure, but it acts the same. Now, people!  It’s one thing to use Polonium to cause the victim an horrific and slow death (read: Alexander Litvinenko); it’s quite another to put that person into a coma using an ordinary anesthetic.

Alexander Litvinenko died in a London hospital after being injected with Polonium, a radioactive substance that causes a slow, ugly, unstoppable death.  Russian intelligence has been accused of administering the poison through a cup of tea.

Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian dissident, who is believed to have been killed by a Ricin-filled pellet injected into his calf by an umbrella died three days later after suffering horribly.  Don’t mess around with the KGB. 

But the Mossad, supposedly the perpetrator, delivered a shot of a sleep-inducing drug that was meant to put the intended victim into a coma and then kill him in about 48 hours.  Boy, that’s professional.  Well! I think it’s hooey.

The Mossad is no newcomer to the practice of assassination.  Ask any assassin, when you find one willing to regale you with details, about the essence of his profession.  He’s going to tell you that it’s the quick kill and the quick withdrawal and the quick disappearance which are at the heart of a successful murder operation.  Delivering a sleep-inducing medication which narcotizes the victim until a painless death overtakes him 48 hours later defies logic – especially when the “antidote” is readily available.

But it gets more hilarious.  You see, the two Mossad agents (who carried Canadian documents) performed this feat in the presence of Meshal’s bodyguard and chauffeur.  They made no attempt to disarm or kill those two individuals.  In fact, if you can believe this, the bodyguard, Muhammad Abu-Sayf, chased down the Mossad agents,  and with the help of an unrelated police official who was conveniently available in mufti,  one Sa’eed Na’eem Khateeb, beat the Mossad agents into a pulp and held them long enough for Jordanian officials to arrive to put the cuffs on them.

The Canadian Ambassador was informed about his citizens running around Jordan injecting people with analgesics and he quickly attended an interview of the two main assailants.  This ambassador was no wanker.  He demanded they sing the Canadian national anthem which, I understand, came out somewhat deficiently.  Like Dudley Doright of the RCMP, he declared them frauds and filed a complaint with the Zionist regime.

According to news reports from the West, the king of Jordan, Hussein Ibn Talal, was furious that his Israeli friends would kill a member of the Muslim Brotherhood (sworn to overthrow him, by the way) and demanded that the “Israelis” produce something the U.S. could easily send them from its embassy in Beirut.  The Jordanian monarch wanted the “antidote” for the poison.  When the Israelis supposedly balked at delivering the life-saving potion,  King Hussein angrily threatened to hang the killers.  Well! Now that’s different.  President Clinton, who knew all along about this public relations ploy, pretended to use his influence to force the “Israeli” P.M., Benjamin Mileikowski (aka Netanyahu) to cough it up, so to speak.  He did, and everyone lived happily ever after.  Well, not quite.

At the time, when Mish’al was delivering the performance of his life, Syria had already outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood because of the eight years of misery that organization visited on the people of Syria, a concatenation of terrorist acts that only ended with their annihilation at Hama.  I was there and I saw the entire event.  It was glorious.

It is SyrPer’s belief that Khaaled Mish’al was recruited by the CIA sometime in 1971 and was instructed to join the Muslim Brotherhood.  He was to organize Palestinian students and penetrate Islamist groups while he was in Kuwait and Jordan.  He did exactly that.  The CIA informed Jordanian and Israeli intelligence about Mish’al with clearly inflated ideas about his potential.   They were encouraged to build up his persona and there’s no better way to do that than to allow him to survive an assassination attempt.  Now he was legitimate.  He was targeted by the enemy for his (non-existent) role in military operations for Hamas (he had zero military experience).  The people respected him.  Unfortunately, so did Iran which saw in him and Hamas a pathway into Palestinian politics.  The Iranians convinced the new Syrian president, Dr. Bashar Al-Assad,  to go along and allow the Muslim Brotherhood into Damascus, just this one time.  What a mistake that was.

I have much more to write about the saga of this traitor.  I could not write this before out of fear that my views would be taken the wrong way.  I kept my mouth shut even after Mish’al and his group of cretins left Damascus.   But now, the genie is out of the bottle and I am free to talk to my readers about this ruthless piece of simian excrement.



مشعل طالبنا بقمع الثورة وقتل المحتجين
بشار الأسد يرفع اللثام عن وجه حماس ويكشف مؤامرة مشعل لتدمير سوريا
كشف الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد في اجتماع مع رؤساء الجالية الفلسطينية في أوروبا، على هامش المؤتمر الثالث للجاليات الذي عقد في دمشق، بداية الشهر الجاري، تفاصيل التوتر الذي تعيشه علاقات سوريا بحركة حماس والقطيعة التي انتهت إليها.
وبَيّن الرئيس الاسد أن حماس حاولت التوسط بين النظام السوري والإخوان المسلمين، وأن الحكومة السورية رفضت الوساطة.
وخلال اللقاء، الذي استغرق ساعات، تحدث الأسد بإسهاب عن حركة حماس وعن منظمة التحرير فقال: نحن في سوريا ومنذ انطلاقة الثورة الفلسطينية فتحنا الأبواب أمام الفلسطينيين وقدمنا لهم ما نقدر عليه، والأهم هو أن الفلسطينيين كانوا يشعرون بأنهم يعيشون في وطنهم.
وقال: اتفقنا واختلفنا مع القيادات الفلسطينية في مراحل مختلفة، ومن حين إلى آخر، ولكن لم يقع فراق أو قطيعة مع أي طرف فلسطيني، مضيفا، أنه في عام 1999 وبعد طرد قادة حماس من الأردن فتحنا الأبواب لهم بالرغم من تجربتنا المريرة مع “الإخوان”، وقلنا إن من يطارَد ويحاصَر إسرائيليا فأبواب سوريا مفتوحة أمامه مهما كانت معتقداته.
وذكر الأسد أن سوريا قدمت لهم كل التسهيلات، وكل الإمكانات في سبيل القضية الفلسطينية، وسوريا تعرف بالمسبق: أنهم امتداد للإخوان المسلمين السوريين الذين اشتبكنا وتصارعنا معهم طويلا، لكن ومن منطلق وطني فصلنا ما بينهم وما بين الإخوان المسلمين، وتعاملنا معهم على أنهم مقاومون فلسطينيون أصحاب قضية، متابعا.. كانوا يتغنون دوما بمواقف سوريا الوطنية والقومية، وقلنا لهم إن سوريا تقوم فقط بواجبها القومي والوطني، فقد مورست الضغوطات والحصار علينا منذ تلك اللحظة لاحتضاننا حماس.
وأشار الأسد إلى أنه بعد غزو العراق وسقوط بغداد، جاءنا الرسل الأميركان مهددين ومحذرين من أن القوات الاميركية وقوات التحالف، في طريقها الى سوريا والكرة الآن في ملعبكم، والمطلوب منكم فقط، هو طرد حماس من سوريا

وتابع، رفضنا ذلك وثبتنا على مواقفنا بالرغم من الوضع السوري الضعيف في تلك المرحلة، لقد جاءنا الناصحون والأصدقاء من كل جهة وصوب يحذروننا ويقولون لنا: لا تدمروا سوريا.

أخرجوا حماس من سوريا. ومع ذلك رفضنا ذلك بإصرار وقوة وكل ذلك كان من منطلق إيماننا بالقضية الفلسطينية. ولفت إلى أن حماس تواجدت في سوريا، وعملت بكل حرية وانفتاح ووجدت المأوى الآمن لها هنا، وقدمنا لهم تسهيلات لم تقدم في تاريخ سوريا لأي طرف كان.
وقال الاسد: في أحد لقاءاتي سابقا مع خالد مشعل، جاء وطرح علي أن قيادة حماس ومن منطلق “سد الدَّين” لسوريا فإنهم في الحركة، يستأذنوننا بأن يبدأوا ببذل جهود مع حركة الاخوان المسلمين السوريين لعمل مصالحة مع الدولة السورية وأنهم “أي حماس” قادرون على ذلك، ولمسوا إيجابية كبيرة من قبل الإخوان المسلمين السوريين تجاه جهدهم هذا.
وأضاف: قلت لمشعل: أنت فلسطيني ومقاوم، وأطلب منكم بألا تتدخلوا في الشؤون الداخلية لأي بلد عربي. مشكلتنا مع الإخوان شأن داخلي سوري لا تزجوا بأنفسكم به، عليكم أن تحافظوا على هدف واحد أوحد، وهو أن يكون الجميع معكم. لا تخسروا طرفا على حساب طرف آخر؛ فقضيتكم بحاجة لجهد الجميع, فلا أرى أنه من الضرورة أن تتدخلوا بالشؤون الداخلية لأي بلد، ولا نطلب منكم رد الجميل على مواقفنا تجاهكم، فما قمنا به هو واجب وحق علينا تجاه القضية الفلسطينية.
وأشار إلى أنه أكد على مشعل بضرورة أن يكفوا عن ذلك، مبينا، قلت له: إن الإخوان المسلمين في سوريا، هم مواطنون سوريون أولا وأخيرا، فإن القوانين والأنظمة هي التي تفصل بيننا. لا أريد ان أطيل عليكم في هذا الشأن ولكن أريد أن أنقلكم لبداية أحداث الأزمة السورية.
وبيّن الأسد: أتذكر أن مشعل كان قد التقى مع أحد الإخوة المسؤولين في هذا البلد، قبل بداية الأزمة السورية، وعقب أحداث تونس، وخلال الأحداث في مصر، وقال له إننا في حماس نتوقع مؤامرة أميركية إسرائيلية على سوريا، وأنهم يفكرون بضرب محور المقاومة، ونتوقع أن تكون سوريا، كونها رأس الحربة في هذا المحور، أن تتحول إلى هدف، ونحن ومنذ الآن وبلا تردد أو تفكير، نعلن وبصراحة أننا سنكون الجنود الأوفياء لسوريا في هذه المعركة التاريخية.

وتابع أنه ومع بداية الاحتجاجات الشعبية والاحداث في بعض المدن السورية التقيت بمشعل على رأس وفد من حماس وكان أكثر تطرفا مني، ومن القيادة السورية؛ فقد طالبنا أن نقمع وأن نصفّي هذا الحراك بكل قوة لأنه عنوان مؤامرة دولية ضد سوريا.
وقال مشعل يومها، لا تأخذكم بهم رحمة إنهم عملاء لاميركا ولإسرائيل مؤكدا على مواقفه بأن الدفاع عن سوريا الآن، هو دفاع عن فلسطين، وأعلن استعداده وحركته، بأن يكونوا الجنود الأوفياء لسوريا، وقت الطلب منهم ذلك. وقال مشعل إن حركة حماس ومن أجل ذلك شرعت باتصالات ومراسلات مع أطراف عديدة لتوضيح هذه المؤامرة الكبيرة التي تتعرض لها سوريا.
وأوضح الأسد: نحن لم نكن واثقين أو مطمئنين لموقف حركة حماس فعندنا من كان يحذر من دور ربما يكون معدا لهم. وقال تواصلت الأحداث ويوما بعد يوم كنا نرصد تدخلات لعناصر من حركة حماس فيما يجري في سوريا واعتقلنا بعض هؤلاء، وأطلقنا سراحهم بعد أن جاء إلينا قادة من حماس يستنكرون ذلك، ويقولون لنا إنها حالات فردية, وأذكر هنا حدثا واحدا وهو أن ابنة خالد مشعل وزوجها كانا قد ضبطا بعملية نقل اسلحة مستغلين الحصانة التي كانت ممنوحة لقيادة الحركة، فقمنا باعتقالهما وأطلقنا سراحهما فيما بعد، وكنا نقول لعل وعسى.
وللحقيقة، لا بد من الإشارة هنا الى أن حماس تمكنت، في بادئ الأمر، من خداع بعض حلفائنا الإقليميين وكانوا يثقون بها وبصدق مواقفها، وكنا نطلعهم أولا بأول على كل تدخلات وتجاوزات حماس, لكن المصيبة الكبرى أن حماس حاولت استغفال الدولة السورية، وتحت عنوان التعاون والحرص على سوريا كانوا يزودوننا بتقارير أمنية مخادعة ومضللة.

وقال الرئيس السوري: عند هذه اللحظة أدركنا بأن بعض قادة حماس هم شركاء أساسيين في ما يجري بسوريا، ولكن لم نعلن ذلك، وبقي الوضع على ما هو عليه، ولكننا كدولة سورية أصبحنا نتعامل معهم كطرف متآمر على سوريا وضبطنا وتابعنا تحركاتهم وتدخلاتهم، وهناك من أتانا من أبناء حماس الأوفياء على الأراضي السورية ليخبروننا بما تقوم به الحركة ضد سوريا، مضيفا، ومع هذا لم نتعامل معهم بالعلن كما هو موقفنا بالسر، إلى أن جاء وزير خارجية قطر السابق، حمد بن جاسم، على رأس وفد من الجامعة العربية، في مهمة إلى سوريا لنفاجأ بلقاء يعقد بين خالد مشعل وحمد في السفارة القطرية في دمشق، وكان حمد في تلك المرحلة على رأس الحملة ضد سوريا.
وقال الأسد: استدعت الدولة مشعل، أبلغته بشكل حاد أن هذا اللقاء فيه تجاوز لأدب الضيافة والبروتوكول والاحترام، فقد كان الأولى به أن يتصل بالدولة، ويقول إنه دعي للقاء وزير خارجية قطر او أنه يرغب لقاءه، ولكن هذا لم يتم، وتصرف الطرفان وكأن الارض السورية مستباحة، مضيفا عند تلك اللحظة قيدت حركة حماس على الأراضي السورية بشكل واضح ومعلن وبدأنا نرصد يوما بعد يوم تدخلاتهم.
وأكد في اللقاء أؤكد لكم أن ما شهده ويشهده مخيم اليرموك، وبعض المخيمات الفلسطينية الأخرى لم يفاجئنا، وكنا نتوقعه، فمنذ البداية أدركنا ان هناك شيئا يعد للمخيمات، وكانت حماس هي الجهة التي تعمل من أجل ذلك، وخوفا من فتح معارك جانبية ارتأينا أن نفوت الفرصة عليهم منذ البداية، حتى لا يكون الحديث عن صراع فلسطيني سوري، وهذا ما كان يعد له داخليا وخارجيا. نحن لم نطلب من أي طرف فلسطيني الوقوف معنا أو الانحياز لنا، وكنا حريصين على أن يبقى الفلسطينيون كذلك.
وقال: السلطة الفلسطينية ومنظمة التحرير وبالرغم من فتور علاقتنا بهم في المرحلة التي رافقت احداث سوريا لم نطلب منهم الانحياز لنا، وكذلك لم ننتقدهم لحياديتهم ورأينا في موقفهم انتصارا لقضيتهم وهذا حقهم ولكن ما يثلج صدرنا ان الفلسطينيين أنفسهم كانوا من أكثر الجهات والشعوب الذين التقطوا حقيقية المؤامرة التي تعد لسوريا؛ فما حصل ويحصل لما يكن هدفه النظام فهذا كذب وافتراء الهدف هو تدمير سوريا انتصارا لإسرائيل، هكذا نظر الفلسطينيون لذلك، وهم محقون وبكل فخر أقول إن الشعب الفلسطيني قد سبق كل الشعوب في فهم ذلك، وحتى الشعب السوري نفسه. ولفت إلى أن الوطنيين الفلسطينيين وعلى رأسهم منظمة التحرير والرئيس عباس أدركوا حجم هذه المؤامرة، وأن سقوط سوريا هو سقوط للقضية الفلسطينية.

وقال: أنا الآن في غاية السرور باستضافتكم وكذلك في غاية السرور بأن معركة سوريا، أسقطت القناع بشكل سافر وواضح عن الإسلام السياسي، الذي لا تؤمن لا بوطنية ولا بقومية، وإنما يؤمن فقط بمصالحه الذاتية، ويسعى لها مهما كان حليفه فلا قيم ولا أخلاق ولا مبادئ، ولا صدق ولا وفاء، إلا أنه رغم ما حصل كان جيدا للأمة العربية بأسرها، مضيفا: لا تنخدعوا بالإعلام، ومواقف الدول؛ فالكل يهرول الآن لسوريا، من أجل علاقات من تحت الطاولة، ولكن موقف سوريا هو العلاقات المكشوفة. ومن خدع وتآمر على سوريا عليه أن يعلن ذلك صراحة وعلانية، لأنه بذلك سيكون عبرة للآخرين.



Mish’al demanded of us that we repress the revolution and kill the protesters”.  Bashar Al-Assad lifts the veil off Hamas’ face and exposes Mish’al’s conspiracy to destroy Syria.

President Bashar Al-Assad exposed, during a meeting with leaders of the Palestinian communities in Europe,  at the sidelines of the Third Convention of the communities, which was convened in Damascus at the beginning of this month, the details of the strained relationship which existed between Syria and Hamas and the total break at the end.

President Assad threw light on Hamas’ effort to mediate between the Syrian “regime” and the Muslim Brotherhood.  The Syrian government rejected the mediation.

During the encounter, which lasted hours, Assad elaborately discussed the Hamas Movement and the (P)LO:  “We in Syria, since the onset of the Palestinian revolution, opened doors for the Palestinians and gave them all we could, the most important of which was that they sensed they lived in their own country.”

He said: “We agreed and disagreed at different stages with the Palestinian leadership, and from time to time, but, there never took place a parting or complete breach with any Palestinian side”, adding, “that during the year 1999 after the leadership of Hamas was ejected from Jordan, we opened the door for them despite our bitter* experience with the Brotherhood and we said that anyone who is pursued or besieged by Israel or America will find our doors opened before him regardless of his beliefs.”

Assad also mentioned that Syria granted them all facilities, and all capabilities for the sake of the Palestinian cause.  Syria knew ahead of time that they (Hamas) were an extension of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood with whom we fought and battled for a long time.  Yet, from a nationalist perspective, we distinguished between them and the Muslim Brotherhood and we dealt with them as Palestinian resistance fighters – a people with a cause”. He continued: “They used to always sing the praises of Syria’s patriotic and nationalistic positions and we’d say to them that Syria was only undertaking its patriotic and nationalistic duties. Then, pressures and embargos were were imposed on us from that same moment when we embraced Hamas.”

Assad then pointed out that “after the invasion of Iraq and the fall of Baghdad, American emissaries would come to us with threats and warnings that American and Alliance Forces were on their way to Syria, so the ball was in our court, and that the only thing asked of you was to throw Hamas out of Syria.”

“We rejected that and we stuck to our positions despite the weak Syrian situation at that stage.  Advisors and friends came to us from all quarters warning us and telling us not to destroy Syria.”

“Get Hamas out of Syria!  In spite of that we refused insistently and boldly.  All that was derived from our faith in the Palestinian cause.”  He turned to the fact that “Hamas settled in Syria and conducted its affairs in total freedom and openness; it found a safe haven for itself here.  We granted them facilities which were never granted to any party in the history of Syria.”

He likewise touched on how Hamas’s leadership would seek out the opinion of the (Syrian) leadership with regard to every contact with Arabic countries and would look with great seriousness to the regional role on the Palestinian cause…and here I say, a second time, they considered the regional role as one of the instruments of Israel and the United States.

Assad said: “During one of my previous meetings with Khaalid Mish’al, he came and advanced a position that the Hamas leadership, from the standpoint of paying back a debt to Syria, that they, in the Movement, are asking our permission to start putting forth efforts with the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Movement to work toward a reconciliation with the Syrian state and that they, i.e. Hamas, are able to accomplish that.  They sensed a very positive (reaction) from the Muslim Brotherhood with regard to this effort.”

He added: “I told Mish’al that you are a Palestinian and a (member of the) resistance,  and so I ask you not to interfere in the internal affairs of any Arab country.  Our problem with the Brotherhood  is an internal Syrian matter.  Don’t involve yourself in it.  You must maintain one singular cause and that is that all should be supportive of you.  Don’t lose one party on account of another.  Your cause requires the efforts of all.  So, I don’t see that it is necessary for you to interfere in the internal affairs of any country.  And we don’t demand that you return a favor for our position in regards to you for what we undertook was a duty and an obligation for the cause of Palestine.”

He (Assad) indicated that he reassured Mish’al “of the need for them to spare themselves the trouble clarifying: “I told him the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria are Syrian citizens, firstly and lastly, such that it is only laws and statutes that separate us.  I don’t want to take a long time on this matter, instead, I want to move you to the onset of the Syrian crisis.”

President Assad then said: “I remember that Mish’al met up with a member of the Muslim Brotherhood in this country, before the beginning of the Syrian crisis, but, after the events in Tunisia and during the events in Egypt.  He told him that we in Hamas are expecting an American/Israeli conspiracy against Syria, and, that they are thinking about striking the center (mihwar) of the Resistance.  And we expect Syria, which is the spearhead of this center, to become a target. And we, from this time on, without hesitation or thought, announce honestly that we shall be loyal soldiers for Syria in this historic battle.”

“With the onset of popular protests and events in some Syrian cities, I met with Mish’al who headed a delegation from Hamas.  He was more extreme than me or the Syrian leadership.  He demanded that we suppress and liquidate this movement with total force because it was a sign of the international conspiracy against Syria.”

“On that same day, Mish’al told me we should show them no mercy because they were stooges of America and Israel, reasserting his position that the defense of Syria now was the same as the defense of Palestine.  He announced his and his movement’s readiness to be the loyal soldiers of Syria as soon as the request came, and, for that purpose, the Hamas Movement, began contacts and correspondences with many parties to explain this conspiracy to which Syria was exposed.”

President Assad then elucidated:  “We were not confident about or comfortable with Hamas’ position.  We had those among us who urged caution about the role which might have been prepared for them.  The events continued and every day we used to pick up on interference from elements in the Hamas Movement in what was happening in Syria.  We arrested some of them and released them after their leaders came to condemn that,  saying to us that these were individual cases.  Here I remember one event and that was Khalid Mish’al’s daughter and her husband who had control over an operation to transport arms exploiting the immunity granted to the leadership of Hamas.  So, we released them later, and we would say `who knows what might be or what could be’”

“In truth, we have to point out here that Hamas was able, in the beginning, to deceive some of our regional allies who used to have faith in it and believed in its positions.  We used to apprise them, one by one, of all the interference and transgressions of Hamas.  But the biggest disaster was that Hamas tried to make a fool out of the Syrian state under slogans of cooperation with and devotion to Syria.  (All the while) they were supplying us with deceptive and misleading security reports.”

“At that moment, we realized that Hamas was a main partner in what was happening in Syria.  But, we didn’t announce it.  And the situation stayed as it was.  However, we, as a Syrian state started to deal with them as a party conspiring against Syria.  We took down and followed their movements and interference.  And there were those who came to us from the sons of Hamas who were faithful to Syrian lands to tell us what the Movement was doing against Syria.  Despite that, we wouldn’t deal with them in the open just as it was our position in secret.  Then, the former Foreign Minister of Qatar, Hamad Bin Jaassim,  came at the head of a delegation from the Arab League to Syria, on a mission only to surprise us by convening a meeting between Khaled Mish’al and Hamad in the Qatari Embassy in Damascus.  Hamad, during that phase,  was leading the campaign against Syria.”

“The (Syrian) State summoned Mish’al and informed him in sharp language that the meeting contained violations of the etiquette of hospitality, protocol and respect.  What he should have done was contact the State and say that he was invited to meet the foreign minister of Qatar or that he wanted to meet with him.  But, that didn’t happen.  The two sides acted as though Syrian land was taken as booty.  At that moment, the Hamas Movement was publicly and openly  restricted on Syrian soil and we started to detect, day after day, their interference.”

“I assure you that what the Yarmouk Camp saw and what it sees, including other camps, did not surprise us.  We expected it.  From the beginning we realized that there was something being made ready for the camps.  And it was Hamas which was the party working on that score.  Fearing the outbreak of fighting on our flanks, we had the opinion from the beginning to let them miss the opportunity so that there would be no talk about a Palestinian-Syrian conflict.  This was what was being prepared both internally and externally.  We did not ask any Palestinian party to take a stand with us or to lean toward us.  We only insisted that Palestinians stay like that.”

“We did not ask the Palestinian Authority and the PLO, despite our flagging relations during the period accompanying the events in Syria, to side with us.  Likewise, we did not criticize them for their neutrality.  We saw in their position a victory for their cause.  This was their right.  However, what shocked us (“froze our breast) was that the Palestinians themselves were most among the parties and people who understood the reality of the conspiracy which was being prepared for Syria.  So, what has happened and is happening; that the target is the “regime” is a lie and a falsehood.  The aim is to destroy Syria as a victory for Israel.  This is the view of the Palestinians.  They are right.  And, with immense pride, I say that the Palestinian people outstripped all others, even the Syrians themselves,  in understanding that.”

He turned to the fact that Palestinian patriots and at their pinnacle, the Palestine Liberation Organization and President ‘Abbaas, realized the enormity of this conspiracy; that the fall of Syria is the fall of the Palestinian cause.  President Assad said:  “We now are as happy as we can be in hosting you and likewise extremely happy that the Syrian conflict pulled away the mask of political Islam in a manifest and obvious way.  That which does not believe in patriotism or nationalism.  Rather, it believes only in its own self interest. It strives for it no matter who is its ally.  No values, no morals. No principles.  No honesty.  No loyalty.  However, despite what has happened, he was good to the entire Arab people. (Umma)  Don’t be deceived by the media or the positions of nations.  All are rushing now to Syria for the sake of relations under the table.  But, Syria’s position is that there must be visible relations.  He who has deceived and conspired against Syria must announce that honestly and publicly because, in that, there is a lesson for others.

Translation from the Arabic by Ziad Amin Abu Fadel, Supreme Court certified interpreter for Arabic/English.  We thank JP News for providing the text.








































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