DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Syria will support Hizbollah and Lebanon against Israel’s attacks on the country, the ruling Baath Party said on Friday, defying the Jewish state and its chief ally Washington.
“The Syrian people are ready to extend full support to the Lebanese people and their heroic resistance to remain steadfast and confront the barbaric Israeli aggression and its crimes,” said a [communique] from the party’s national command issued after a meeting.
It said Israel and the United States “are trying to wipe out Arab resistance in every land under occupation” and that President Bashar al-Assad was aware of the seriousness of the situation in the region.
Outwardly, Assad’s regime is feeling pretty good about all of this:
Diplomats in Damascus said Syria was confident it would emerge from the crisis with a stronger position compared with the isolation it has been under since the Lebanese-Saudi billionaire turned politician was killed.
“The situation is dangerous but look at how many people are contacting Syria now,” one Western diplomat said. “Damascus is back as a main player.”