“After eight and a half years at Syria's helm, President Bashar Assad is gaining the respect and admiration that had been reserved for his father Hafez. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been courting him enthusiastically with the help of a Turkish matchmaker, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. European leaders are standing in line to meet with him. Close associates of U.S. president-elect Barack Obama see Syria as the basis for a new balance of power in the region.”

 Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent, December 26, 2008. 

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 “Events and developments have proved that Syria has been on the right course; President Bashar Al-Assad is the only man who has been able to read well the reality and course of events.”

Dr. Abdullah Al-Ashal, International Law Professor  and former Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister, August 10, 2007.

  “President Bashar Al-Assad has made of Syria the formidable bastion in the face of all pressures and threats against the Syrian National stances.”

Sami A’shour, Arab Lawyers Union Chairman, August 7, 2007.

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“President Bashar Al-Assad has proven presidency to be the paternity.”  

H. B. Patriarch Ignatius of Antioch all the East, December 25, 2006.

 “President Bashar Al-Assad is the man of thought and deeds simultaneously; he possess a documentary renewable thinking enabling His Excellency to know all about the Nation and Homeland problems, and the mechanisms through which to solve these problems and face up standing challenges. The social and human aspect for President Al-Assad are as important as the political and economic ones.”

Dr. Maa’n Salahdeein Ali, the renowned Syrian intellectual, November 29, 2006.

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“President Bashar Al-Assad has opted for steadfastness as to resist submission strategy. President Al-Assad, undoubtedly, an ophthalmologist, master the seeing of regional and international changes.”

Milhim Karam, Lebanese Journalists Chairman, November 21, 2005.

 “President Bashar Al-Assad is the Arab Islamic Leader standing heroically in defense of the Syrian rights and interests, of the Arab and Moslem dignity in the face of US and Israeli sinister schemes.”

Shamil Sultanov, Russian MP, November, 16, 2005.

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“President Bashar Al-Assad has proved to the entire world that we never leave aside our spiritual history, and that we are proud of our Christian as well as Islamic Heritage together.”

His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch and all the East, November 27, 2004.

 “President Bashar Al-Assad dots the i’s and cross the t’s at every historic and fateful turning point as to analyze things with all frankness and transparency, demonstrating new concepts never known by Arab officials before, especially as far as acknowledging differences.”

Jasem Budi, Editor in Chief of the Kuwaiti ‘Al-Rai Al-Aam’ Daily, October 10, 2004.

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