Syria has no plans for war on Israel: Syrian VP

Syria has no intention of waging war against Israel to regain the occupied Golan Heights from the Jewish state, Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Shara said on Tuesday.

Syria has no plans for war on Israel: Syrian VP

Syria has no intention of waging war against Israel to regain the occupied Golan Heights from the Jewish state, Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Shara said on Tuesday.

"Israel knows we don't want war. We should always be ready to respond to Israeli aggression, but Syria will not start a war," Shara said at a lecture in the Syrian capital.

"People on Syria's streets do not want war, although they will not accept anything less than Israeli withdrawal from the whole of the occupied Golan Heights. The Arab initiative is clear in this regard and we support it," Shara said.

Shara was referring to an Arab peace proposal which offers Israel normal ties in return for withdrawal from all the land occupied by Israel in 1967, including the Syrian Golan Heights.

Shara said any preparations Syria was making were defensive in nature and that Israel "wants any excuse to launch a war."

Reuters

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