Sunday, 5 February 2012

Strength Only Guarantee, Assad’s Ouster will Break “Axis of Evil”: Israel

Local Editor
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Sunday that military and economic strengths are Israel's only guarantee for peace and security, especially after the latest developments in Iran and Syria.

"In such a region the only thing ensuring (our) existence, security and prosperity is strength,” Netanyahu said at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting.

"We shall continue to build the military, economic and social strength of Israel; that is the only guarantee for peace and also Israel's only defense if peace collapses,” he added.

On the other hand, Israeli Vice Prime Minister and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon commented on the Syrian situation, saying that “Israel has not and is not interfering in the political crisis in Syria.”

Speaking to the Army Radio on Sunday, Ya’alon said that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s ouster would be “positive as far as Israel is concerned, like a fissure in the Tehran-Damascus-Beirut-Hamas axis of evil.”

According to Haaretz, the Israeli official refused to clarify whether there is contact between the Syrian opposition and Israel, saying: “Whether there’s contact or not, you don’t expect me to discuss these things in the media.”

He further considered that “Assad is losing his legitimacy” and that his ouster is just “a matter of both time and of lives lost.”

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