Hafez Assad: Land Before Peace

Q. There is a perception abroad that a historic opportunity exists for peace between Israel and the Arabs, and in particular between Syria and Israel. Is that so, and do you agree with Prime Minister Rabin's suggestion for a meeting?

A. We seek peace, and peace requires long and arduous discussions, discussions that cannot be carried out at summits. Peace may bring such meetings, but such meetings cannot bring peace. We are enemies who have been at war for more than 40 years. We have martyrs and devastated property; our lands are occupied, and millions of our people are displaced. A...

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