Jerusalem, Israel -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/27/2013 -- The Israel News Agency (INA) reports that at the weekly Israeli government Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks regarding Syria's use of chemical weapons.
"What happened in Syria is both a terrible tragedy and an awful crime," said Netanyahu. "Our hearts go out to the women, children and babies, the civilians who were so brutally attacked by weapons of mass destruction. From this we draw three conclusions: One, this situation must not be allowed to continue. Two, the most dangerous regimes in the world must not be allowed to possess the most dangerous weapons in the world. And three, Israel expects that this will stop, of course, but we must always remember our sages' ancient principle: "If we are not for ourselves, who will be for us?"
The Israel News Agency quotes Netanyahu: "That is to say, our finger must always be on the pulse. Ours is a responsible finger and if necessary, it will also be on the trigger. The Israeli government will always know to defend our people and our state against whoever attacks us, tries to attack us or has attacked us. This is the principle that has consistently, constantly and responsibly guided this government, and thus it will continue.
Joel Leyden, publisher of the INA, says that hospitals which Medecins Sans Frontieres supports in Syria treated over 3,600 patients with "neurotoxic symptoms", of whom 360 have died.
The medical NGO said the patients had arrived in three hospitals in the Damascus area on 21 August - when opposition activists say chemical attacks were launched against rebels.
Moving towards US military action in Syria, a senior Obama administration official said that there was “very little doubt” that Syria President Bashar al-Assad’s army had used chemical weapons against civilians last week.
Israel President Shimon Peres called upon the United Nations today to appoint the Arab League to set up a temporary government in Syria to stop the bloodshed.
The Israel News Agency states that Israel has been careful to avoid being drawn into Syria's civil war which would divert media attention away from Assad's attacks on civilians. The Syria government has murdered more than 100,000 people to date.
Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace laureate, said the international community must first remove all chemical weapons from Syria so they cannot be used again. Peres said "foreigners will not understand what is going on in Syria" so the UN should task the Arab League with setting up a government.
"Thousands of Israelis are now going to distribution centers for gas masks to prepare for possible missile attacks from Syria and Iran," said Leyden. "Israel expects a chemical attack which would focus world attention on Israel and not the thousands of civilians murdered in Syria by Syrian President Bashar Assad. The world must take action, not words, to stop the murder of civilians in the Middle East. And in the event that the West continues to talk and do nothing, the Israel Defense Forces will know what to do to defend her citizens against any kind of attack. Our children should be buying pencils and books for school, not waiting in line for gas masks."
The Israel News Agency was created in 1995 to provide accurate and timely on-line news from Israel in times of crisis. The Israel News Agency disseminates direct news feeds from the Israel Government Press Office, Prime Minister's Office, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel Ministry of Defense, the Israel Defense Forces, the Israel Ministry of Trade and the Israel Ministry of Tourism to a global audience. The Israel News Agency, an Israeli government accredited news media outlet, clears all news items relating to Israeli security with the Israel Government Press Office.
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