Israel PM condemns ´massacres´ in Syria (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 06/10/12)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday
condemned "massacres of civilians" in neighbouring Syria, and accused
Iran and Hezbollah of helping the regime kill innocents.
"We see what is happening in Syria. It is simply massacres of
civilians, children and the elderly," he said at the beginning of the
weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.
"The Syrian government, and those who help them, Iran and Hezbollah,
reveal their true face, that of the ´axis of evil.´ This is the
environment we live in," he added.
Netanyahu´s comments came after President Shimon Peres called on the
international community to bolster its efforts to stop the bloodshed
in Syria, saying he hoped the rebels "will win" their struggle.
In an interview with Israeli public radio, Peres said the "efforts of
the international community are insufficient."
"We cannot remain indifferent to the tiny coffins that contain the
bodies of children," he said ahead of a trip to Washington.
"The massacres get worse each day. It´s shameful. I have the deepest
respect for the rebels who expose themselves to live fire and I hope
that they will win."
Deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon also weighed in on the conflict
in Syria on Sunday, saying the Jewish state was ready to provide
He said Israel was shocked by the situation in its northern neighbour
and was willing to provide aid, including medicines and food.
"We are in contact with the International Committee of the Red Cross
and other humanitarian organisations, and we have asked that injured
people be evacuated to Jordan, where we can help them. But we are not
in contact with the rebels -- that could harm them."
The comments were part of a rare chorus of remarks from Israeli
politicians on the situation in Syria, with which the Jewish state
remains formally at war.
At the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in
March last year, Israel said little publicly, with some analysts
saying Assad´s ouster could be bad for the Jewish state.
But in recent months, Israeli politicians have said Assad´s overthrow
is a matter of time and have condemned the bloodshed in Syria,
offering humanitarian assistance and expressing hope that the
regime´s collapse could weaken the position of arch foe Iran, a
staunch ally of Assad. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse.
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