Hafez al-Assad

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Hafez al-Assad

Hafez al-Assad (October 6 1930June 10 2000) was president of the Syrian Arab Republic since from 1971 to 2000.


  • Our forces are now entirely ready not only to repulse the aggression, but to initiate the act of liberation itself, and to explode the Zionist presence in the Arab homeland. The Syrian army, with its finger on the trigger, is united....I, as a military man, believe that the time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation.
  • Strike the enemy’s settlements, turn them into dust, pave the Arab roads with the skulls of Jews.
    • Michael B. Oren, Six Days of War [Oxford University Press, 2002], p293

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