"People will not accept foreigners in this region anymore".
At the same time, while not officially in league with Assad, Turkey has been waging their own war against the Kurds in that region, going so far as to physically invade Syrian territory on a few occasions and endanger American troops in the region. "This is panic, this is a kind of hysterical feeling because they are losing the 'dear ones, ' the dear ones Al-Nusra and ISIS, that's why Israel is panicking recently, and we understand their feeling", Assad said. If not, we're going to resort to. liberating those areas by force.
"This is the first option".
Martin Indyk, former United States ambassador to Israel and former special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, said on Twitter Assad appeared to be offering to "get the Iranians to pull back from Golan" Heights, if Israel accepts it as Syrian. They have to learn their lesson.
The U.S. -led invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 was followed by an insurgency that lasted years.
President Donald Trump has said he is keen to pull the troops out as soon as possible, but the USA military has persuaded him to allow them to remain at least until a last pocket of Islamic State fighters is vanquished along the Syrian-Iraqi border. He noted that U.S. troops are in the country with no legal basis, and pointed out the consequences of the USA having similarly entered Iraq with no legal basis. But the Western retaliation had no impact on the wider conflict, in which Assad's forces continued their advances.
Mr Assad denied that his government carried out the attack, saying that his regime does not have chemical weapons and it would not have been in its interest to carry out such a strike.
Russian broadcaster RT asked Assad if he also had a nickname for Trump, to which the Syrian president answered: "This is not my language, so, I can not use similar language".
"I think there is a very known principle, that what you say is what you are".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week that Iran must leave all of Syria because Iran's long-range missiles threaten Israel's national security.
Assad also sought in his interview to minimize the extent of Iran's presence in Syria.
Missiles fire is seen over Damascus on May 10 as Israel struck targets in Syria.
He said there were now up to 100,000 Iranian or Iran-affiliated fighters in the country.
Assad declined to say how much longer the war will continue, but he reiterated that he intends to bring all parts of the country back under his authority.
The agreement, according to Israel's Channel 2 News, will see coordination between Israel and Russian Federation with the view to halt the spread of Iranian influence in the region. It was the Douma attack that triggered strikes on Syria by the US, UK and France last month.