Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz on Sunday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of committing genocide during his crackdown on a 15-month uprising, in an unusually harsh censure of the Jewish state's Arab neighbour.
Mofaz also criticized Russia for arming Damascus and repeated Israel's demand for international military intervention to topple Assad, akin to last year's campaign in Libya.
Mofaz's comments came amid increasing Israeli condemnation of the Syrian regime. Earlier Sunday, President Shimon Peres said that the world is not doing enough to stop the bloodshed in Syria, and that he hopes the Syrian rebels defeat Assad. Also Sunday, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that Israel is offering humanitarian assistance to the citizens of Syria through the International Committee of the Red Cross. On Saturday, opposition leader Shelly Yechimovich called on the international community to impose a full economic embargo on Syria.
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