Assad accuses Israel of trying to 'destabilise' Syria
London, Feb. 4 : Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused Israel of trying to 'destabilise' his country.
Assad's comments came as he claimed that last week's airstrike showed the Jewish state was behind the revolution seeking to overthrow his regime.
Assad was humiliated by the reported attack from several Israeli jets, said to have targeted weapons bound for Syria's militant ally Hizbollah, the Telegraph reports.
On Sunday however, the Syrian president attempted to turn the situation to his advantage by playing on the hostility towards Israel across the region.
In his first remarks on the bombing, Assad said it had exposed the Israel's co-operation with 'foreign' enemy forces inside his territory.
Assad insisted however, that his country could still meet 'current threats and aggression'.
According to the report, Israel came close to admitting responsibility for the attack for the first time when Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, said it was 'another proof that when we say something we mean it'.
Assad claimed that he is facing a western-backed plot because of his support of 'the resistance to Israel', in particular Hizbollah, Israel's single most feared adversary, the report said.
Israel is now afraid that it faces a double threat, from Hizbollah gaining control of Syrian weapons, including chemical weapons, and from jihadist rebels using a 'liberated' Syria as a vantage point from which to attack it, it added.