"The ongoing decades-long scheme against the Arab Nation has ever been as to consecrate the concepts of submission and surrender and to eliminate the Resistance principle. The existence of the Arab Youth, like you: Arab and Resistance Youth, is a proof about the vitality of the Arab Nation and a clear-cut proof for the failure of the enemies' schemes, and their failure persist as long the torch of Resistance is glittering alive in the conscience and spirits of the Arab Youth of whom you represent an important part,"

H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad receiving a youth delegation participating in the 2nd  Resistant Arab Youth Camp, August  28, 2017.

"It is your duty and responsibility today ,given the standing challenges, to think about how to change reality and build the future. Such a change involves genuine active involvement in the work on the ground, and not through wishes nor through isolation from reality. You have to transfer the dialogue and discussion and activate them in your countries and in your organizations; hence dialogue and discussion are the bases for every development and for your power as youth. The courage as to present and ask about any issue, whatever critical it might be, is to erase every possibility for the enemies penetrations among us."

H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad receiving a youth delegation participating in the 2nd  Resistant Arab Youth Camp, August  28, 2017.

 

"Nasrallah is absolutely honest, transparent, principled, and loyal to his principles and his associates and friends to the extreme."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's al-Manar August 25, 2015 Interview

“The relationship is one of a resistant state and a true resistant figure who gave his son in defense of Lebanon,”

From H.E. President Al-Assad's al-Manar August 25, 2015 Interview

 

 

"the Resistance has been efficient and qualitative part along the army in the achievements in more than a place in Syria; we are thankful for their courage," added H.E. President Al-Assad.

From H.E. President Al-Assad's July 26th  2015 Speech

 

 

 

"The Axis of the Resistance has been well established at the international arena and none whoever  can ignore it,"

From H. E. President Al-Assad May 19, 2015 statements.

 

 

''That is why those who believe that we can live in safety and distance ourselves from the Palestinian cause are illusioned. It will remain the central cause based on principles and the reality that links what is happening in Palestine with what is happening in Syria.  We need to distinguish between the resistant Palestinian people and the ungrateful Palestinians, between true resistance fighters – who we should support – and the amateurs who mask themselves in the mantle of resistance to serve their interests, improve their image or strengthen their authority; otherwise, we will be – consciously or unconsciously, serving Israel’s objectives of dividing us even further and making us believe that our crisis is local and isolated.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad- 2014 Inauguration Speech, July 16, 2014.

 

 “The Iranian ally realizes that the war against Syria targets him as well because it (war) targets the resistance and its backers,”

From H.E. President Al-Assad interview with Lebanese Al-Akhbar in June 2014.

 

 

"he requirement at that time was to use Syria against Iran and Hezbollah, and to pull it away from supporting resistance organisations in the region. This French policy failed, because its goal was blatantly obvious."

From H.E. President Bashar al-Assad’s interview with Agence France Presse AFP 20-01-2014.

 

 

"the Resistance in the Golan is a popular decision and emerges once the State is to renounce the policy of liberating the land."

From H.E. President Al-Assad’s interview with Al-Mayadeen TV, October 21,2013.

"if Hamas were to be resistance, we are with it; if it decided  to be Moslem Brotherhood, there is no need for relation with it."

From H.E. President Al-Assad’s interview with Al-Mayadeen TV, October 21,2013.

 

 

"the ongoing against Syria is but to hit the axis of resistance in the region as to transform resistance into enemy as well as into a sectarian project in the interest of Israel."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with al-Thawra Newspaper, July 4,2013.

" They have used all methods in this region: direct and indirect occupation, threats, intimidation, as well attempts to breach our national security and culture. They have tried everything and Syria continues to be a source of hindrance to their objectives. Recent events in Arab countries were seen as an opportunity to strike Syria and undermine and weaken the axis of resistance in the region. The core of their objective now is redefine who is an enemy and who is an ally; Israel becomes the invisible enemy, even an ally for some, whilst the resistance becomes the enemy. Instead of representing a movement and an actor against Israeli occupation, the attempt is to project the resistance as the enemy, transforming it from a resistance movement to sectarian movement. This has not transpired and will not transpire. The Syrian people are not so easily misled or fooled. For us, the resistance and all our allies, our aims are clear and our route well defined. Regardless of what they propagate, we will achieve our goals in terms of our resistance and our internal wellbeing. We shall do this in our own way and without hesitation. Regardless of what they say, we will always act according to what is best for Syria."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with al-Thawra Newspaper, July 4,2013.

 

 " Precisely, that’s because it has a bearing both on the internal crisis in Syria and on the resistance since it is a border town which is the back garden of the resistance. The resistance cannot be strong without an element of strategic depth to it, which is in Syria. Thus the area bears geo-strategic importance in the connection between Syria and Lebanon and specifically the resistance. That is the fundamental reason why the resistance had to join the battle because it affects them as much as it affects Syria. Their involvement was necessary and we were completely transparent about this. We will not hesitate to do it again or shy away from it. However, if we needed the resistance as they tried to portray, why did we need it in Al-Qseir but not in Damascus, Aleppo or other key areas? We have a strong army that is supported by large number of National Defence Forces."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with al-Thawra Newspaper, July 4,2013.

 

 

 "Syria, as it has been and even more, would ever stand by Resistance and men of Resistance in every place of the Arab World,"

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad ‘s Interview with Al-Manar TV,May 30,2013.

"A state which stands against the resistance is but a reckless one"

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad ‘s Interview with Al-Manar TV,May 30,2013.

"there is clear popular pressure to open the Golan front to resistance."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad ‘s Interview with Al-Manar TV,May 30,2013.

"Real change in the rules of engagement happens when there is a popular condition pushing for resistance."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad ‘s Interview with Al-Manar TV,May 30,2013.

"The real change is when the people move towards resistance; this is the really dramatic change."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad ‘s Interview with Al-Manar TV,May 30,2013.

"A state does not create resistance. Resistance can only be called so, when it is popular and spontaneous, it cannot be created. The state can either support or oppose the resistance, - or create obstacles, as is the case with some Arab countries. I believe that a state that opposes the will of its people for resistance is reckless. The issue is not that Syria has decided, after 40 years, to move in this direction. The public’s state of mind is that our National Army is carrying out its duties to protect and liberate our land. Had there not been an army, as was the situation in Lebanon when the army and the state were divided during the civil war, there would have been resistance a long time ago."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad ‘s Interview with Al-Manar TV,May 30,2013.

 "We have absolute confidence in our victory, and I assure them that Syria will always remain, even more so than before, supportive of the resistance and resistance fighters everywhere in the Arab world."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad ‘s Interview with Al-Manar TV,May 30,2013.

  "The circumstances have changed, and these circumstances showed Erdogan’s reality. I’ll give you some evidence. For example, we heard a lot of shouting in defense of the Palestinians in 2008 when Israel attacked Gaza. But two and a half years before that, we did not hear that kind of shouting when Israel attacked Lebanon. The resistance was there in both cases, and Israel killed in both cases, and in both countries the number of martyrs was approximately 1500."

 From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad's Cumhuriyet Interview , July 3, 2012.

 

  "proper analysts for what is going on in the region shows that there is a conflict between two projects: the resistance project which rejects hegemony, and the Greater Middle East project, adding that this conflict is not new but as old as colonialism; it was just given a new name."

From President Bashar Al-Assad's Interview with Iranian TV, June 28, 2012.

" Syria is paying the price for its political positions in supporting the resistance and adhering to the Arab and Islamic rights."

From President Bashar Al-Assad's Interview with Iranian TV, June 28, 2012.

" supporting the resistance in Palestine and other areas will continue as long as the people don't relinquish this support, stressing that Syria has mainly built its policy on the national and popular compass, and not the foreign or Western one."

From President Bashar Al-Assad's Interview with Iranian TV, June 28, 2012.

 

 

"When resistance men carry arms, do they do so because they like blood? Did the Prophet (peace be upon him) wage his wars for the love of blood or in defense of a message? The same applies to the wars of al-Rashidoon. Today we are defending a cause and a homeland. We are not doing what we are doing because we love blood. A battle has been forced on us, and the result was the blood which has been spilled. Some people might say we wish the blood was shed on the national borders and on the frontlines. This is true, but the enemy is now inside and is no longer on the borders. The enemy has changed its methods and tactics."

From the Speech Delivered by H.E. President Bashar al-Assad At the People's Assembly, June 4, 2012.

"They didn't understand that the issue isn't about reform and democracy, as was suggested in the beginning, but about Syria's resistant role and its support of resistance and its upholding its rights."

From the Speech Delivered by H.E. President Bashar al-Assad At the People's Assembly, June 4, 2012.

"I tell them that my colour is that of this people which encompasses the spectrum of sovereignty, resistance, dignity and love."

From the Speech Delivered by H.E. President Bashar al-Assad At the People's Assembly, June 4, 2012.

  

 

 "As an example, can anyone in Europe describe de Gaulle as a terrorist? They consider him a man of resistance. Is it possible that the French have the right of resistance and the Palestinians don't? This is the question… we will continue our support as long as they continue their resistance to restore their rights… this isn't the issue of Hamas, this is the Palestinian cause.''

From H.E's Interview with ' Hurriyet' and the 'Bild' Dailies, (December 19, 2010) 

 

 ''Syria's stance regarding Resistance is known … Resistance is non- negotiable… the road goes through the resistance… if a party is against the resistance, how can I sit with anyone who is against it when I am with it? The point of meeting with any side should be the stance towards the resistance, it is not Hezbollah… I'm not talking about Hezbollah but rather resistance as a principle, not a Party.''

From H.E.'s Al-Hayat Daily Interview, (October 27, 2010)

 

  "When negotiations- peace negotiations- have failed for two decades now, the option will be resistance. Resistance is the parallel path to the restoration of the rights. Resistance doesn't contradict peace, it will lead to peace. The result will be the restoration of the lands and the rights, and then peace will be definitely achieved in our region."

 From H.E.'s address to the Syrian Expatriates in Venezuela  (June 27, 2010)

 ''Labelling the resistance with terrorism is unacceptable. Terrorism for us is the Middle East is one word which has a single synonym; that is Israel particularly. Consequently, we believe in negotiations as a normal way for peace; we are not with wars, or with siege. But when the negotiations fail to achieve the peace, the resistance is the alternative solution, and our duty is to support it.''

From H.E.'s Press Conference with President Chavez of Venezuela  (June 26, 2010) 

 

 

''We are not under the patronage of any country in this world; even the United States can't force Syria to do what is against our convictions and against our interests. When we support resistance they call them terrorist organizations; we call them resistance. They have occupied land; they have the right to resist till they have their own country.''

 From H.E.'S BBC Interview (June 17, 2010) 

 

 

 

"We do not trust the Israelis and we don't believe that they want peace. Therefore, we say that the other means to liberate the land is the resistance."

From H.E.'s Press Statements in Libya, (March 28, 2010)

 

 

 "No one looks for war, even the resistance in the Arab world. Peace is the goal. Resistance existed because of the absence of peace so we must strive towards peace as long as there is hope."

From H.E.'s Press Interview with Al-Manar Satellite TV, (March 24, 2010)

  "You say we might have hope in the Israeli government. The answer is no; But we believe that Israel today has no option but to accept the peace. Israel's deterrence power eroded with time. The more the Israeli military force increase, the more the awareness of resistance and deterrence concepts in the Arab street increases."

From H.E.'s Press Interview with Al-Manar Satellite TV, (March 24, 2010) 

"Resistance is not made by state decision. It is a natural choice of the nations when the state doesn’t work to liberate the land"

 From H.E.'s Press Interview with Al-Manar Satellite TV, (March 24, 2010)

 

 '' We also talked about the resistance condition in the region and how to support these resistant forces; it goes without saying to state that this support is but a moral, and national duty in every homeland, and a religious obligation, now that we celebrate today a religious occasion.''

From His Excellency's Press Conference with Iran's President Ahmadinejad, (February 25, 2010) 

  

 

''The resistance has been the essence of our politics, today, in the past and in the future. The Resistance with its cultural, military, or any other form, is but the essence of our presence. The New Middle East, we have started to construct, is the Middle East of which the essence is the Resistance,''

From His Excellency's Speech at 5th General Conference of the Arab Parties, Damascus Summit, (November 11, 2009)

 ''It is a mistake to believe that the peace comes through the negotiations; the peace comes through the Resistance. Therefore, we have to support the Resistance; henceforth we are supporting the process of peace. The Resistance and negotiations are but one; both of them aim to restore the legitimate rights, which we are never to surrender.''

From His Excellency's Speech at 5th General Conference of the Arab Parties, Damascus Summit, (November 11, 2009)

 

 

 ''The Resistance against occupation is but the national duty; and the support for the Resistance is the legitimate and moral duty. Supporting the Resistance is but the honour in which we take pride. This never negates our firm desire for the realization of the Just and Comprehensive Peace on the basis of the return of the occupied territories, on top of which comes the occupied Syrian Golan. But the failure of negotiations in restoring the full rights means automatically the Resistance solutions as an alternative solution,''

From His Excellency's Speech at COMCEC Istanbul Summit, (November 9, 2009) 

“Today, too, after another experience with Israel, and after the indirect talks through Turkey, this truth has been proven once again, which leads to another truth: political failure to restore legitimate rights to their owners will give resistance the right to carry out its duty and restore them.”

From His Excellency’s Address to the 36th OIC Foreign Ministers Summit, (May 23, 2009)

 “Some Western states are responsible for that turbulence when they used, for years, to deny the facts on the ground and adopted an inverted logic of accusing the resistance of terrorism.”

From His Excellency’s Address to the 36th OIC Foreign Ministers Summit, (May 23, 2009)

 “We have to move on to make such events happen, most importantly lifting the siege off Gaza, and seeking to present the resistance in its true image to different parties, as a liberation movement with a just cause that expresses the will of any people whose land is occupied.”

From His Excellency’s Address to the 36th OIC Foreign Ministers Summit, (May 23, 2009)

 “Israel should not be rewarded for its crimes; rather we should link any development of the relations, if they exist at all, to the degree it expresses, in concrete terms, its commitment to just and comprehensive peace, the return of the legitimate rights, and its withdrawal from the occupied territories in Palestine, the Golan Heights and Southern Lebanon.”

From His Excellency’s Address to the 36th OIC Foreign Ministers Summit, (May 23, 2009)

  “This means that we have to expect more turbulence in our political arena; and some Western states are responsible for that turbulence when they used, for years, to deny the facts on the ground and adopted an inverted logic of accusing the resistance of terrorism and depicting them as outlawed gangs who do not belong to or represent their people in their struggle against occupation. Such states have further adopted the worst form of double standards when they preach sermons about human rights, but when these humans are Arabs or Muslims, death becomes the only right they defend or advocate. Today, these countries have started, though late, to realize their mistake because they can no longer turn a blind eye to the crystal-clear reality, but they are still unable to move in the right direction by dealing with these facts, particularly the massive public support which resistance forces have in our region making them the major element in any solution and the most important guarantor for the return of rights to their owners.”

From His Excellency’s Address to the 36th OIC Foreign Ministers Summit, (May 23, 2009)

 “ But since the events will not wait for their vision to be fully forged, neither will they wait on our delay in taking the initiative, we have to move on to make such events happen, most importantly lifting the siege off Gaza, and seeking to present the resistance in its true image to different parties, as a liberation movement with a just cause that expresses the will of any people whose land is occupied.”

From His Excellency’s Address to the 36th OIC Foreign Ministers Summit, (May 23, 2009)

 

 

 “There is the increasing of the idea of resistance; the operations of the resistance twenty or thirty years back are different from the operations being carried today. Israel is going in a direction against its interests. All in all, all people go  towards the resistance, first biologically, and second from a practical aspect ; there is no other option,”

From His Excellency the Qatari Al-Sharq Daily Interview, (April 1, 2009)

 “Israel does not desire the peace; what is the alternative, or the parallel way for peace process? It is resistance. The Israel did not accept the carrots; there should come the sticks. Once any Israeli Government were to declare its preparedness to return the occupied territories in full, we could start negotiation,”

From His Excellency the Qatari Al-Sharq Daily Interview, (April 1, 2009)

 “We do support the Resistance; but can nor create resistance-men nor make the Resistance move. It is the occupation which creates the Resistance, the conviction of the resistance-men themselves,”

 From His Excellency the Qatari Al-Sharq Daily Interview, (April 1, 2009)

 

 “The resistance is an honor for us and never an accusation against us, nor a dishonor. We have to be proud of the Resistance; we have never to let others label our causes, as not to be deficient before our people, as not to lose the support of the countries which have sympathized with us, and as not to give space for whoever wants to replace us, or to interfere in our affairs.”

From His Excellency 21st Arab Summit of Doha Speech, (March 30, 2009)

 “The peace is never to be achieved with the enemy, which does not believe in peace, without the peace being imposed on it through resistance. Our desire for peace is the stimulus for our support for the resistance, which support is but the moral, national duty. It is our only option in the absence of other alternatives. We have, therefore, to make the resistance beyond our circumstantial differences, as the cause upon which we are united, as the principle to believe in as long as occupation exists, and right usurped. Our belief in and commitment to peace is as strong as our belief in and commitment to the Resistance,”

 From His Excellency 21st Arab Summit of Doha Speech, (March 30, 2009)

 

 

 “What has taken place in Gaza, and before in Lebanon two years back, can be read as a multi-faceted message: first, we solve our problems by ourselves; the owners of the cause themselves solve their problems; secondly, it is to have the more of steadfastness, and thirdly, it is to be more combative in defending the rights,”

From His Excellency Al-Manar TV Interview, (January 26, 2009)

 But if the aim was to eliminate the Resistance, to hit the idea of the Resistance, to hit the idea of steadfastness, to achieve other objectives on the ground like the uprooting of the Resistance structure, the enemy failed.”

From His Excellency Al-Manar TV Interview, (January 26, 2009)

 “Our stance in Syria is clear as far as our support for the Resistance under any circumstances; every occupation should be encountered with the Resistance,”

From His Excellency Al-Manar TV Interview, (January 26, 2009)

 “We do support the Resistance. The occident in general has begun to learn that the Resistance enjoys popular support, and can never be uprooted. Thus, the occident has started to change the idea of isolating the Resistance. Some European officials have started to meet the Resistance men on the sly in Syria,”

From His Excellency Al-Manar TV Interview, (January 26, 2009)

 

 

 “If development is the basic for our presence, the Resistance is the basic for our existence and continuity; and we have to be the Resistance profundity, so that it would be our guarantee.”

From His Excellency Speech at the Arab Summit of Kuwait, (January 19, 2009)

 “Of no less importance should be our political, as well as moral support for Gaza, through the assertion of its right to self-defense with all means, and its unalienable right to respond to aggression; with all of what this entails of the necessity for a clear-cut support for the Palestinian Resistance, rejecting whatever might doubt the Resistance legitimacy and patriotism, or whatever might weaken the Resistance. In reply to labeling the Resistance, by whoever, as terrorism, I propose to this Summit to adopt officially the description of the Zionist Entity as the terrorist entity, especially in light of the latest aggression. When somebody intends to or carries out a terrorist action, we do not hesitate to accuse him with terrorism; how could it then be with an entity which has been, time and then, carrying this out for decades, and elect as its leaders only the terrorists!”

From His Excellency Speech at the Arab Summit of Kuwait, (January 19, 2009)

 “The Israelis have a real peace-phobia; hence those who perpetrate crimes can never be good at the making of peace. Just like thieves who steal something are not used to return willingly what they have stolen; that is they do not return the rights, but only if they are compelled to do so. This is the essence of resistance, which the resistance men very well have understood; their resistance has become the way for peace, which restores the rights from the enemy, which understands but the language of force. Here lies the difference between the resistance and terrorism, the first is Arabic while the second- terrorism- is an Israeli one.  The first wants peace, the second wants war; the first was obliged to fight in defense of his rights, the second has been built on killing and aggressions against others,”

From His Excellency Speech at Gaza Summit of Doha, (January 16, 2009)

  “Resistance has become a fundamental factor for peace,”

From His Excellency Speech at Gaza Summit of Doha, (January 16, 2009)

  “Hence peace without resistance with a criminal brutal enemy would definitely lead to surrender”

From His Excellency Speech at Gaza Summit of Doha, (January 16, 2009)

 

 

 "So when you don't accept the peace terms, you have to expect resistance."

 From His Excellency BBC Interview, (January 14, 2009)

  "We haven't achieved peace yet and the Israelis never delivered since the beginning of the peace process in 1991,"

 From His Excellency BBC Interview, (January 14, 2009)

 

 

“Unfortunately, the Israelis have not learned from the lessons of Lebanon. During the war of Lebanon, the Israelis wanted to uproot the Resistance; the answer was the increase of Resistance thinking in society. The Resistance is not an organization to dismantle, not a person to assassinate, not an arm deposit to destroy; the Resistance is a thought being spread out,”

  From His Excellency Press Conference with President Sarkozy, (January 6, 2009)

 

 

 “The Syrian –Iranian strategic relationship has proved its importance for the region during the past decades. The real results have appeared during the recent decade; that is the victory of the Resistance in Lebanon and the steadfastness of the Resistance in Palestine following the Intifada, which began in the year 2000. The real results have also appeared through the foiling of the underway schemes or those planned since the 80’s, under implementation now for our region. Of course, the schemes were not fully foiled but partially so; had it not been for the strategic cooperation among us, Syria and Iran, the conditions in the region would have been worst.”

From His Excellency Interview given to the Iranian TV  (September 17, 2008)

 

 

 "Syria's political discourse did not change, and will not change until Israel's occupation changes," ; "The issue is very clear; we don't see any interest in abandoning the Resistance. Moreover, our position towards the Resistance is fix and solid. It never changed,"

 From His Excellency Interview given to Al-MANAR TV   (September 4, 2008)

 

 

 “We do not have a joint Defence Pact between both states, neither a common front. It is not required from Iran to send armies to Syria, nor from Syria to send armies to Iran. For example, during the war between Iran and Iraq, we supported Iran; but did not send army; we did not fight Saddam on behalf of Iran. The same thing with Hizbuollah, even our relation with the resistance and Hizbuollah. The issue is not that of weapons; the weapons are available, you can bring the weapons by different means, Gaza is besieged from all sides, but it has weapons which were not there before. The resistance can get on every thing. The issue is an issue of political support, right support. This is the issue.”

 From His Excellency Interview given to the Qatari ‘Al-Wtan’ Daily  (April 27th 2008)

 

 

 “The resistance is the legitimate right of our people and will so remain as long as the occupation of our land persists; it – the resistance- is the way for peace in the face of the brutal force.”

  From His Excellency Speech at the Ba’ath Arab Socialist Party Central Command Meeting  (April 20th 2008)

 

 

 “Terrorism is on of the present challenges facing us. While we condemn the terrorist acts targeting the innocent and assert our decisive stance against terrorism; we reiterate that resistance against occupation is but the legitimate right for all people guaranteed by international conventions and human norms. We, further, reiterate that the Israeli state terrorism against our Arab people represents  the ugliest form of terrorism in the modern age.”

 From His Excellency Opening  Speech of  20th Arab Summit  (March29th 2008)

   

  "The Lebanese Resistance is far more powerful today and especially from a popular aspect. I am not talking about the military aspect, the popular. The power of the Resistance stems from its popular support, which is more inside and outside Lebanon, as we witnessed last year during the Israeli aggression of July against Lebanon…. The Arab people in general support every resistance. Syria’s position stems from the position of the Syrian Arab People. Our support for the Resistance is a political one linked to our causes. The Resistance in Iraq has its finance and weapons; they have every thing, and need no military support from any side, neither from Syria, Iran, nor from others."

From H. E. ’s Al Shirouq Daily Interview  ( October 11, 2007)

 

 

 “Though of the many continued miseries resulting from this, several other facts   have also been the result; the most notable of which is the victory of the national resistance approach and its consecration within the depth of our Arab people conscience and identity, as well as the firm consecration of the will of life and liberty in the essence of the Arab conscience. This has  blocked the schemes of occupation and hegemony. This blocking ,however, does not mean the abandoning of aggressive trends by the owners of the New Middle East project. Thus, the door is open before all possibilities; which deems it necessary for all as to prepare the means, reinforce the ability, and get self-prepared for whatever consequences as to respond highly to the presented tasks.”

From H. E. ’s Word to the Syrian Army and Armed Forces,  (August 1, 2007)

 

 

 

 “The course of events have reinforced the correctness of our vision, the legitimacy of our stances, increased our cling and firm  adherence to our principles and approach. Such a course of events, further, has made us more determined on resistance as an approach and as an option for the realization of our rights, the restoration of the land, and for the safeguarding of dignity. It is a resistance with the aim as to make the anti-peace comprehend the meanings of the peace and move as to adopt peace. The firm adherence and cling to the resistance as the culture and mode for life and struggle is the guarantee for the future and the glory of the nation.”

 From HE’s Second  Presidential Term Inauguration Speech , ( July 17, 2007)

  "The resistance process  is a public process and not a state resolution, and people may overtake their government or countries and do this matter, so it moves the peace process, as we hear now in our region and in the West, and  if it revives the peace, perhaps it will go ahead  towards negotiations.”

From HE’s Dubai TV Interview, (August 24, 2006)

 

 

 “On the other hand, we in Syria have stressed this choice, the peace choice, from the very beginning of the peace process, but we adhered to the choice of resistance as long as peace has not been realized, particularly that the assumed partner in peace does not believe in this theory in the first place and has given us one evidence after another in confirmation of this fact.”

From HE’s 4th Journalists Conference Speech, (August 15, 2006)

“This subject of resistance and its importance has been under long discussions for over a decade now with foreign and Arab officials, and in the stage that preceded liberating the largest part of the Lebanese territories in 2000 we used to get into discussions with Arab and foreign officials about this issue. Of course, it did not surprise us that foreigners were not able to understand our logic, but in our deliberations with Arabs, which is of interest to us, we used to tell them that this resistance will liberate Lebanon and they, I mean some of them of course, used to answer that it is more like cat scratching. In 2000 Lebanon was liberated thanks to the resistance, which proved they were wrong and we were right. After 2000 once again we started to have the same kind of discussion as we, Arabs, are fond of repeating history with all its details without advancement sometimes. The same discussion took place by exerting pressure on Syrian with regard to the same issue. Our answer was that the resistance is a deterrent to any Israeli aggression, a logic which they once again rejected. Now the most recent battles prove the same logic. They were wrong and we were right, which means a double mistake in mathematical terms. If we want to calculate the result of previous discussions regarding other subjects starting by terrorism and going through the war on Iraq and Iran, we would have scored a big number of mistakes.”

From HE’s 4th Journalists Conference Speech, (August 15, 2006)

 “The glorious battles fought by the resistance with rare faith and competence have proven a number of facts: The first is that military force, no matter how great, produces defeat when it does not have faith and morals, and when it is not based on legitimate rights and principled policy. The second is that the resistance that has faith, determination and steadfastness and that encompasses the vision, principles and goals of the people and is encompassed and adopted by them produces victory. In this case the victory of the heavy-armed enemy does not exceed being a destruction of stones and killing of civilians. And as every occupation is an immoral act, then it is doomed to, and must, fail and meet defeat. Israel is the best example here. Military force is not everything and the destructive force of weapons is not everything. The only thing Israel possesses is the destructive force at the military level and some other factors at the international level, but at the same time it possesses a very big force; namely the weakness of the Arabs, both morally and physically. When we decide to overcome this gap, a decision that we ourselves can make, there is no doubt that the balance is in our favour. Hence the third fact that stresses the limitation of the Israeli force despite its superiority. This limitation is determined by the intensity of our faith, steadfastness and will to fight, which must enhance our self-confidence and erase all traces of psychological defeat fostered by the enemy’s propaganda that sees the battle as being settled in advance in the interest of Israel or that defeat is the destiny of Arabs. This fact has to further motivate Israel to consider the future results of its terrorist policy against Arabs. Here we can draw a comparison between what took place in between the 1982 war 24 years ago and the last war in Lebanon a few days ago. In 1982 Israel started its war or land invasion of Lebanon on the 6th of June where it reached Ba’abda that overlooks Beirut on June 13th, i.e. on the seventh day Israel was very close to Beirut.  Then they resumed the process of encircling and occupying Beirut. Today, after five weeks almost, Israel is still struggling and suffering to occupy several hundreds of meters here and several hundreds of meters there, and they are trying to reach the closest point to the Litani River, which is only six kilo meters, yet they fail. And I am sure that had there been a spring or a stream of the Litani on the Palestinian-Lebanese borders, they would have put their feet in the water and said, “we have reached the Litani!”. They have become the subject of sarcasm and lost the credibility which they have never enjoyed before. They say, “we have occupied a site”, then they say, “we have bombed the site”. It is supposed to happen in the opposite way. This is common sense that we first bomb a site then occupy it. Anyhow, what is the difference between the first war and the second? In 1982 the technical gap between Israel and the opposite Palestinian-Lebanese side in military assets was smaller than the gap today. Israel’s force has doubled several times during this time and there is a big gap between it and that of the resistance today. But the difference is the will to fight. In fact, in 1982 there were tough Palestinian and Lebanese fighters who fought in the real sense of the word. But this is not enough as certain leaderships did not enjoy the will to fight at all in 1982, while now the will to fight is there in the base and at the top and there is a popular embracing of this resistance that helped it succeed.”

From HE’s 4th Journalists Conference Speech, (August 15, 2006)

 “Hence, standing by and supporting the resistance will help us possess the bigger part of the peace file, which in turn will make the concerned countries take our opinion and interests into account. In other words, resistance and peace constitute one pillar rather than two pillars, and he who supports part of it has to support the other part. Whereas those who claim to have the experience and vision for peace, here we are… come and show us your achievements in the field of resistance. Apart from that, any experience is incomplete to learn from. And as we are living an exceptional and historic period, there is no room for courtesies, bargains or settlements. Rather, we have to speak frankly: We, in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, still have occupied lands; this means we are the ones concerned with war and peace. In the fist place we want from our Arab brothers to stand with us, and we welcome anyone who wants to do so but only through our vision and evaluation of our interests. We were the ones who suffered in war and in peace negotiations in the last decades. As for those who do not share our vision, we only ask them to stand aside so that we do what we have to do, and we won’t ask anyone to fight with us or for us.   I say this because every time there is turbulence, we come to hear an X official saying, “Why did they drag us into this?” Nobody drags anyone into anything. The truth is that every country is responsible for itself. They didn’t of course say this to us; they said it to the resistance. But as a general principle, everyone is responsible for his own country. Yet as a bottom line, they must not adopt the vision of the enemy towards our issues, and their roles shouldn’t be at the expense of our interests. We say this because anyone never had experience in war is not entitled to assume the role of a guide or instructor in peace. Resistance today will shape the political direction of tomorrow, and the position towards it today is what will determine the roles to be played tomorrow.  In other words, the era of political opportunism and political intrusion has come to an end, especially after these battles. If anyone wants to play a role for domestic reasons at the expense of our issues, this is rejected. And if anyone wants to play a role in order to appease the West, this is also rejected. We, in Syria, haven’t yet decided to display our cause in the international market or any other market for purchase. I don’t think that the Palestinians either, after Oslo, Wye River, and Wye Plantation, among other names, have decided to sell their cause, nor do we see such a thing in Lebanon.  “

From HE’s 4th Journalists Conference Speech, (August 15, 2006)

 

“In the next stage, the role of the resistance will be basic at the Arab level. I don’t mean the Lebanese resistance but rather resistance as a concept that has hugely spread, especially recently. But let’s take the role resistance in Lebanon played in the last meeting of the Arab Foreign Ministers. Three weeks before this meeting, the ministers met in Cairo in a climate similar to the climate that preceded the U.S. invasion of Iraq: An almost absolute division among Arab countries. But suddenly, and within three weeks, and knowing that the ministers were not replaced nor the governments were reshuffled, we come to unanimous agreement. But on what did we agree? Or rather why? The reason is the Lebanese consensus.  The essence of this Lebanese consensus is the stand of the resistance. Had the resistance said, “we won’t accept these points” or “we have reservations on this or that point”, the ministers’ meeting wouldn’t mean anything or even take place. Even if it took place and the resistance said after it, “we reject your ideas”, the meeting would have failed and everything would have failed with it. This is only one role of the resistance. Still there is a bigger role that will be part of the domestic situation in the Arab countries. We all, as Arab officials, want our countries to be stable, but such stability cannot be realized or continued under the constant contradiction between the official stands and the public stands. This contradiction has reached its peak in the present era.  Most of the Arab people have clearly and almost completely, as there is nothing absolute, taken the side of the resistance and challenged us as officials. “

From HE’s 4th Journalists Conference Speech, (August 15, 2006)

 “If we assume that it will do so, the answer will obviously be that the circumstances are not suitable now; there will be no resistance if it wants to depend on the government. The word "adventurers" was mentioned; if the men of resistance were adventurers, then can we say that Yousif AlA'zma, Sultan Basha Al-Atrash, Hasan Al-Kharat, Ibrahim Hanano and sheikh Saleh Al-Ali are adventurers?! Can we say that Sa'ad Zaghlul in Egypt, Suleiman Al-Halabi, a Syrian, who killed the British High Commissioner in Egypt, and Joul Jammal, another Syrian, who exploded himself in a French ship and conducted the first martyrdom operation in the Arab region – are also adventurers?! If the situation is like this, then let us ask the education ministries in the Arab World to change the curricula and all these terminologies. Of course, this is not accepted. We always notice the discrimination in certain Western propositions which still exist against the Arabs; they say that the Israeli reaction is disproportionate and unbalanced which means that if Israel reacted according to a certain proportion, its aggression is accepted. They are not against the principle of aggression; they are against the volume of this aggression. There will come a day when they put us tables in which they specify what is accepted to be achieved by Israel regarding the killing and destruction in order not to be considered as surpassing the political, human, or moral aspects, or various international conventions.   It was also proposed that Israel has the right to defend itself as a reaction to the aggression committed by the resistance. Here we see the policy of double standards. If we implement the same idea by a mathematical equation on the Palestinians; if they want to react, so to what extent they have the right to destroy and kill in Israel?! If we practically implement this idea, nothing will remain in Israel. At any rate, what the recent events revealed regarding the interrogations of the agents network captured lately in Lebanon and linked this date to the positions of Mat 17th group before and after the aggression, confirm that this scheme – as I said before – is pre-prepared, and we divide it into three tracks: The first track is the resolution No. 1559, the assassination of prime minister Hariri, the pressures on Syria and the resistance for compliance.  The second track is the failure of American occupation in Iraq. The third track is the burying of the peace process, switching to the military option in order to subjugate Arabs and as a natural result to absolve Israel of all its obligations towards Arabs. In front of this tragic reality, the resistance movements emerged in the Arab arena as a single solution to restore the usurped rights.  After all what is being said, Israel should conclude something, but is seems that they are not analyzing; they did not analyze the resistance situation and power. It seems that when a human being becomes very strong, he looses balance and can not see reality rationally and accurately. Israel has tried for decades to be part from this region through a scheme which was called in the past the Greater Middle East – I don’t know if it is the same as the New Middle East or with some modifications, but this proposition is an old one – where Israel is the dominant power in the Arab region and the Arabs are just money, slaves and satellites rotating in the Israeli orbit. They depended on a basic idea that each new Arab generation will accept Israel more than the previous one, and thus be more obedient. Therefore, it is an issue of time and time is on the side of Israel! Let us see the reality: if we assume that the time separating between two generations is 15-20 years, I consider myself representing the third generation which came after the occupation of Palestine. Now, part of the fourth generation is present with us in this hall and it represents the youth who have become politically mature. The fact that Israel should know is that each new generation will hate Israel more than the generation which preceded it. The word "hatred" is not a good one; we do not hate or encourage people to hate, but Israel did not leave room for any feeling but hatred. For example, we read about the massacre of Deir-Yasin and other massacres done by Israel against Arabs, but my generation and I lived and witnessed Sabra and Shatilla massacres and first Qana massacre, and now we are living the second Qana massacre. The fourth generation remembers the first Qana Massacre and the second Qana massacre. Children are asking now why these children are dying?! They get their awareness of life through the second Qana massacre. Therefore, Israel should know that time is not on its side. On the contrary, there will come a generation which is more determined on hitting Israel and avenging all actions it did in the past. At that time, Israeli children will pay the price. I would like to speak out of the reality we live in; if Israel wants to analyze, it should analyze the Arab-Israeli wars in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982, the confrontations with the resistance in 1993, 1996, and the last war. If they analyze these wars, they will notice that these wars represent the four generations. They will notice that the Arab fighter has become more determined; these battles and wars reflect the Arab status towards Israel. Therefore, we say to them that you have experienced humiliation in the recent battles in Lebanon. Your weapons, warplanes, rockets and even your atomic bombs will not protect you in the future. Generations are developing and the future generations in the Arab world will be able to find the way to defeat Israel in a fiercer manner. Thus, the Israeli leadership should stop their foolishness and arrogance, and should know that it is in front of a historic juncture now; either to go towards the peace and returning rights or to go towards continuous instability until one of the future generations puts an end to this. “

From HE’s 4th Journalists Conference Speech, (August 15, 2006)

 

“The heroic Lebanese national resistance has written with its blood and its people’s sacrifice an eternal epic in the history of the nation, destroyed the legend of the invincible army, buried under its feet the policy of surrender and humiliation and proved that the power of faith in land and homeland can defeat the power of armaments.  I express may appreciation and admiration to the men of resistance; I salute with great reverence our noble martyrs and I salute the brotherly Lebanese people whose steadfastness was the incubator of this resistance.  We say to those who accuse Syria that it stands by the resistance, and this accusation is not a new one at all. We say to those who accuse Syria that if standing by the resistance is a mortifying sin, then it is an honor and a source of pride for the Syrian people. This resistance is a badge of honor on the chest of each Arab citizen not only in Syria. By each drop of sweat, each drop of blood, each rocket that destroys a tank and by each Israeli soldier defeated in Lebanon, we consider that there is a badge of honor to be worn on the chest of Arab citizens.  I would like to say to the Syrian Arab people that the word "proud" is not enough at all to express what a human being feels towards the greatness of your support to our Lebanese brothers. You were great when some persons wanted you to look small overwhelmed by malevolence. But, the great people of Syria always surprises the adversary by what is not expected. You dealt a blow to those who wanted to create a division between Syria and Lebanon. You were magnificent in your comprehending the magnitude of the conspiracy, and you were very strong in your reaction towards this conspiracy.”

From HE’s 4th Journalists Conference Speech, (August 15, 2006)

 

“If you want to see the picture you have to see the whole picture. If you talk about violence, let us talk about four thousand Palestinians killed during the last five years while on the other side, the Israeli side, few hundred are killed. So if you want to talk about the violence and you call this violence terrorism, Israel killed more Palestinians than the Palestinians killed Israelis. This is first. Second, you have to see both sides. They talk about Hamas and what they did in Israel but they don't talk about Israel and what they did in the Palestinian territories. They assassinate people from time to time in public, and they say it, "we are going to kill". So, this is the whole picture. Anyway, it doesn't matter what label we put, if we want to have a solution we have to deal with the facts not with the terms. Whether they are terrorists or not; this is not the problem. We have to deal with the facts and the fact is if you don't have peace, you will have more bloodshed. So we don't support violence in Syria. This is part of the story.”

From HE’s PBS TV Interview, (March 30, 2006)

 

“No, we don't support Hamas. First of all, we support the Palestinians. What do we support? We support their rights as I said. We used to support Hamas because we saw that Hamas represents the will of Palestinians, and this is democracy. The latest elections proved that we were right.”

“Exactly. Now they are elected. If you want to call them terrorists, then call them elected terrorists. It doesn't matter. But they are elected. They represent the Palestinians. You can't say all the people are terrorists.” “ If it is mutual, yes. But if you talk one way, then no. It should be mutual. What about Israel? Do they recognize the Palestinian state? We should ask them the same question.”

From HE’s PBS TV Interview, (March 30, 2006)

 

 

“On the Palestinian arena, we supported president Mahmoud Abbas when he came to Syria, stressed the importance of the unity of the Palestinian people, insisted on their inalienable rights through national dialogue among Palestinian factions and the complementarity of their roles. Our position has been the support of the struggle of the Palestinian people in order to regain their rights, and giving everything in our power to this end. We declared on many different occasions that Syria agrees to whatever our Palestinians brothers agree to, and will definitely reject what they reject.”

From HE’s Damascus University Speech, (November 10, 2005)  

  2004 

 

 

“We have to talk about reality, and we can take similar experiences. I start by talking about the balance of power and say that there was no resistance in history that settled this balance especially from the military point of view , because resistance is not a military force. Resistance is not an army, it is a public situation. Hence , we can say that resistance is a public situation ; it is a legitimate cause, and anything public is legitimate. It is not abnormal. It expresses the Palestinian citizen. We have no right to evaluate its legitimacy or illegitimacy. The Palestinian citizen is the only one who evaluates it. It is an internal issue. We have the right to stand beside it when the Palestinian people wish. But to say that it is legitimate or illegitimate, this wording is illegitimate. I want to complete the question : Is it workable or not ?. As I said I do not want to talk about the future . This wording was said to the Lebanese in the 80s, but the resistance in the end ,was effective and gave results .It liberated the land and only Shebaa Farms remain.”

From HE’s Al Jezeera TV Interview, (May 3, 2004) 

“As I said when I talked about the Palestinian resistance. If they are popular , they will be legitimate. We can not nor can others, call them otherwise, since popular support calls them resistance. Is it possible that all those hundreds of thousands, and millions of people who are resisting occupation using different forms, not necessary to be military, are belonging to al-Qaeda ?”

From HE’s Al Jezeera TV Interview, (May 3, 2004)  

 

 

''The difference between terrorism and resistance is clear and simple like the difference between the owner of the right and the one who usurped this right'' asserting that the deportation of others and the cleansing of people were definitely terrorism. The President asserted that the resistance is the legitimate right against occupation pointing out that in Israel all are armed where the settlements are even built as military fortifications and bases, '' For us, terrorism comes from Israel; we see, whatever presentation for terrorism in the world, through this terrorism. Any discussion of terrorism in the Middle East without Israel being the axis and the essence, is not objective and deformed,'' President Assad noted and brushed aside all bids to impose confused expressions and deformed coinages on the region, which understands its causes more than others do.”

From HE’s Beirut Summit Speech , (March 27, 2002) 

  

"Regardless of one or different terms given to this order, or the theories that come up from time to time, some of which call for submission to this order, others caution against it, and still others call for resisting it, it is actually a complete scene depicting the absence of balance in this world. This balance is not necessarily of economic or military nature; it is rather a balance of values, ethics, and concepts. It is a balance of justice and equity among peoples and nations, between West and East, between North and South. Resistance seeking the liberation of the land should not be described as a militant struggle in one place and terrorism in another.”

From HE’s Speech before the 9th OIC Summit, (November 13, 2000) 

 

 

 

“In Lebanon, the brave national resistance wrote the best anthem of heroism and martyrdom and shall always remain in its path and achievement and example that will live long with future generations.”

From HE’s 2000 Inauguration Speech, ( July 17, 2000)

 

"the Resistance has been efficient and qualitative part along the army in the achievements in more than a place in Syria; we are thankful for their courage," added H.E. President Al-Assad.

From H.E. President Al-Assad's July 26th  2015 Speech

 

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