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Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman
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Defense minister blames Assad for Syrian gas attack, bashes UN

Avigdor Lieberman is '100% certain' that Assad gave the order for the shocking massacre in Syria's Idlib, slamming the world's weak response to the travesty in particularly vulgar fashion.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) addressed the recent chemical weapons massacre in Syria’s Idlib province, denouncing the idleness of the international community in response to the Syrian crisis.



Speaking to Yedioth Ahronoth, Lieberman said that “the two murderous chemical weapons attacks on civilians in the Idlib region in Syria and on the local hospital were carried out by direct and premeditated order of Syrian President Bashar Assad, with Syrian planes. I say this with 100 percent certainty.”


Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Photo: Ido Erez)
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Photo: Ido Erez)

“The cruelest thing,” he added, “is that those who were evacuated from the area of the bombing to the hospital were attacked a second time with chemical weapons as Syrian army planes bombed the hospital.”


Lieberman attacked the indifference of the world in the face of the chemical weapons attack which claimed the lives of more than 100 people, including many children. “The reaction of the international community is zero. It simply does not exist.


(Photo: Reuters) (Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)


“It brings me back to the conclusion that the State of Israel must rely only on itself. Assad tried in the past to obtain nuclear weapons through North Korea, and the other ‘masters’ in the area like Hezbollah and Nasrallah are no different.”


Lieberman added: “What we have here are people who are cannibals. When they ask me why there isn’t peace in the Middle East it’s like asking if a cannibal can be a vegetarian. The word ‘peace’ is not relevant to the Middle East. We can come to regional arrangements, but not to peace.”


(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)


To the question of whether Israel needs to respond to occurrences in Syria, the Defense Minister responded: “why do we need to do it ourselves? It’s the responsibility of the international community. I'm not ready for Israel to be the dick that the whole world pisses through. The world needs to take responsibility and, instead of just talking, needs to do something.”


(Translated & edited by Lior Mor)


פרסום ראשון: 04.06.17, 10:50
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