Syrian President Bashar Al Assad slammed an Israeli citizenship law that he said was proof the Israel doesn’t want to make peace with the Palestinians.
Israel’s mainly right wing government voted overwhelmingly on Sunday in favour of the controversial legislation requiring non-Jewish new citizens to swear loyalty to the country as a Jewish state.
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, said at a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister, “This is a fascist and racist act which should not surprise us and is part of a long-standing plan that Israelis are gradually applying”.
He said, “It is now proven that Israel, which stands as the only democratic country in the middle of the Arab and Muslim world, is a racist country”.
“Such decisions do not provide any solid evidence on the part of Israel for the peace process. The Arab side wants peace but the Israeli side is the opposite.” he added.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also condemn the Israeli law, he said: “Nobody can impose citizenship on anyone, especially in this way.”
The Israeli law has been widely decried as racist by Israel’s Arabs.