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Jerusalem - Israel Ministers Urge US Response To Syria "Crime"

Published on: August 25, 2013 08:30 AM
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Israel, 25 August 2013. EPA/DAN BALILTY / POOLIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Israel, 25 August 2013. EPA/DAN BALILTY / POOL

Jerusalem - Prominent Israeli Cabinet ministers are calling for a U.S.-led response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria last week that the prime minister describes as a “terrible crime.”

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Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet Sunday that “this situation cannot continue.” Justice Minister Tzipi Livni told Israel Radio that a U.S. response to the alleged poison gas attack would help discourage future chemical weapons use, but also have security implications for Israel.

Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz told Army Radio the attack requires a response. He said the chances that Syria would attack Israel as a result of U.S. action were slim but that the army should be prepared for such an eventuality.

Neither Netanyahu nor the ministers specified what type of response they were urging. The U.S. is considering military options.


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 Aug 25, 2013 at 09:30 AM Yoffa Shtika Says:

Why are the Israelis getting involved?
They have nothing to gain here.
The rebels are just as evil. Given a chance they too would use chemical weapons without hesitation. In fact they may be worse than Assad. Assad didn't kill people just because they weren't religions enough; some of the rebels have done so.
Assad is fighting for his life. He knows that if he loses either he will be tried and hung like Saddam, tried and executed as the the Muslims intended to do to Mubarak, or shot like Qaddafi.
יפה שתיקה לכחמים קל וחומר לטפשים.

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 Aug 26, 2013 at 04:01 AM Dovid_from_Modiin Says:

#1 - Assad is not fighting for his life. He is fighting for power, wealth, prestige....
He just has to give the word and his family and senior officers can escape on the Russian war ship waiting to attack any country that interferes (or crosses Russia's red-lines).

Israel has every right to be concern on what happens in Syria and its stockpile of WMD. Syria also has Saddam Hussein WMD. We are very close to a major war and if that happens russia & iran will be involve.

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