"Had this ‘spring’ been genuine, it should have started in the backward Arab countries. Had it been a revolution for more freedom, democracy & justice, it should have started in the most oppressive & tyrannical countries: the countries behind every catastrophe that befell this nation, behind every war against it, behind the intellectual & religious deviation & moral degradation. The existence of these countries is the West’s most important achievement & the most significant cause for Israel’s successes & continued existence. There is no clearer evidence than their current stand regarding the Israeli aggression against Gaza. Where is the alleged zeal & ardour that they showed towards Syria or the Syrian people? Why haven't they supported Gaza with arms & money? Where are their jihadists; and why haven't they sent them to defend our people in Palestine?"
- Bashar al-Assad