DAMASCUS, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said Friday that the "main and only" reason behind a possible U.S. military action against Syria is the "victory of Israel."
"Israel is behind everything," Mekdad said during an interview with the pro-government al-Ekhbaria TV aired late on Friday, adding "America works only under Israel's order and at its behest. "
"(U.S. President Barak) Obama must not forget that America has become isolated," he said, in reference to many countries' opposition to the U.S.-planned military action against Syria.
The Syrian administration is currently in the limelight as Washington is garnering support for its planned military action on Syria. The threats of strike followed the rebels' allegations that the Syrian government unleashed nerve gas attacks in the countryside of Damascus in August.
The Damascus government strongly denied the accusations, saying they were meant to draw in military intervention in Syria -- something the rebels had been craving for.
"The European peoples can't stand with al-Qaida against the secular state," Mekdad said in his interview, apparently trying to underscore the gravity of a possible U.S. strike that may embolden al-Qaida-linked groups currently on ground.
He charged that "the leadership in Europe are conspiring against their people."
Regarding Syria's strong allies, such as Iran, Russia and the Lebanese Hezbollah, Mekdad said "our confidence in our allies is big but the bigger confidence is in our army, people and leadership."
"The Russian stance is the ethical and responsible one," he said.
Mekdad's remarks came just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country will help Syria in case of an external military attack.
Meanwhile, Mekdad unleashed a barrage of criticism against the countries that supported the U.S. military options on Syria, remarking that the French stance is "shameful and scrawny and doesn't represent the dignity of the French citizen."
The official also reiterated his government's claim that the Western-backed rebels were the ones that used the sarin agent against Syrian civilians in the country's protracted crisis.