Syrian tycoon Rami Makhlouf warned Israel of instability if the regime of his cousin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad falls, vowing to "fight to the end," according to The New York Times.
"If there is no stability here, there’s no way there will be stability in Israel," said Makhlouf, who is on a list of 13 Syrian figures subjected to European Union sanctions for their role in violence against protesters opposing Assad's autocratic government.
"Nobody can guarantee what will happen after, God forbids, anything happens to this regime," Makhlouf told the US daily.
"What I’m saying is don’t let us suffer, don’t put a lot of pressure on the president, don’t push Syria to do anything it is not happy to do," said Makhlouf who is a member of Assad's Alawite minority.
So Assad's cousin is telling Israel to stop the Zionist protests if it knows what's good for it.
However, some Arabs are interpreting his statements differently. From the comments there, Sami writes:
A great proof of who is protecting Israel!
Yeah, Makhlouf really cares about Israel.
As is inevitably the case, both sides accuse the other of being Zionist.