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Zitat Claus Kleber am 2.September 2013 im heute-journal:
„Assad hat in einem Interview mit der französischen Zeitung Le Figaro damit gedroht, dass ein Angriff auf ihn ein Pulverfass zur Explosion bringen würde. Das bedeutet im diplomatischen Code der Gegend, einen Angriff auf Israel.“
ab 10:16 min


Tatsächlich hat Assad weder Israel gedroht, noch Israel überhaupt im Interview angesprochen.

Die Textpassage des Interviews im Wortlaut:

„Malbrunot: How will you respond to these strikes, should they happen?

President al-Assad: If we think of the Middle East as a barrel of explosives close to a fire that is coming ever closer, then it becomes clear that the issue is no longer contained to a Syrian response, but rather what will happen after the first strike. The architects of the war can define the first strike – in other words they can determine what they will do, but beyond that it is impossible for anyone to predict what will follow. Once the barrel explodes, everyone loses control; nobody can determine the outcome, however what is certain is the spread of chaos, wars and extremism in all its forms everywhere.

Malbrunot: Is there a danger that it will spill into a regional conflict?

The issue today is no longer just about Syria, but about a whole region that is interlinked

President al-Assad: Of course, this is the first and most dangerous risk. The issue today is no longer just about Syria, but about a whole region that is interlinked, socially, politically and militarily; the resulting challenges are regional, not just Syrian.

Malbrunot: So is it likely that Israel would be one of your targets?

President al-Assad: You don’t really expect me to announce how we will respond?! It is not realistic that we would announce our plans, but as I said there are many players involved and narrowing the conversation to just one player diminishes the significance of what will happen.“

Das Interview des Figaro in französisch.