President of the Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, described Bashar al-Assad as “the biggest liar in the world,” in a recent interview with the Russian TV Russia Today. Jumblatt also said that the Shebaa farms do not belong to Lebanon, pointing to the existence of communications between Israeli PM Netanyahu and Bashar al-Assad through Russian mediation.
Jumblatt said that “a Russian diplomat told me that Assad sent a letter to Netanyahu in 2012, in which he said: If Syria is partitioned, the Alawite State will not pose a threat to Israel.” According to the Russian diplomat, the Israeli reply was: “We want the remains of Cohen,” the Israeli spy.
The Lebanese leader also said that the Assad regime has historical grudge against the Lebanese politicians who opposed its rule. He said this is why the Assad regime’s allies defend Bashar al-Assad and emphasize that Shebaa Farms belong to Lebanon.
“Shebaa Farms do not belong to Lebanon. After the liberation of South Lebanon in 2000, Syrian officers together with Lebanese officers changed maps of the south. We now nominally occupy the Shebaa Farms and Wadi al-Asal.” Jumblatt added.
“That was the first geographical change on paper so that Syrian and non-Syrians can continue to claim that the Shebaa Farms are Lebanese and must be liberated by any means.”
Jumblatt went on to say that Palestine is an occupied Arab land. “One day we should give the minimum rights for those people in any two-state solution. This is my historical position and that of Kamal Jumblatt.”
In 2014, Jumblatt stressed that “a solution can never be reached in Syria with Assad in power.” He repeatedly said that “the Assad regime and ISIS are two sides of the same coin,” pointing to the existence of evidence of links and understandings between the two sides. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)