An image grab taken on May 30, 2013 from Lebanon's Shiite Muslim party Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Bashar al-Assad
An image grab taken on May 30, 2013 from Lebanon's Shiite Muslim party Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he speaks during an interview. Assad said on Thursday there was "popular pressure" to open a military front against Israel on the Golan Heights, which the Jewish state has occupied since 1967. © - AL-Manar/AFP
An image grab taken on May 30, 2013 from Lebanon's Shiite Muslim party Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Bashar al-Assad
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Last updated: May 30, 2013

Assad says popular pressure to open Israel-Golan front

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday there was "popular pressure" to open a military front against Israel on the Golan Heights, which the Jewish state has occupied since 1967.

"There is clear popular pressure to open a new front of resistance in the Golan," Assad said in an interview with Al-Manar, the television channel of his ally, Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement.

"There are several factors, including repeated Israeli aggression," he said.

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