Israel will weigh military action if it suspects Syria’s chemical weapons might
fall into the hands of terrorist organizations, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu said Tuesday.
“We will do everything that is needed” to ensure
Syria’s WMD stockpiles are not transferred, Netanyahu said at a meeting with EU
ambassadors stationed in Israel.
Netanyahu told the European envoys that
Hezbollah fighters were taking an active role in the slaughter taking place in
Syria, and that Syrian President Bashar Assad would not have survived this long
without Iran’s intervention.
The EU has been steadfast in its refusal to
place Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organizations.
Turning to Egypt,
the prime minister made clear that he was opposed to any efforts by the new
Egyptian government to make changes in the 1979 peace treaty with
Changes in the treaty, he said, were liable to endanger the whole
peace agreement and harm the possibility of reaching other accords, since
Jerusalem’s trust in Cairo’s adherence to treaties will have been
Netanyahu also said that Israel expected Egypt to prevent Sinai
from being used as a launching pad for terrorist attacks, saying that it was
also in the world’s interest that international terrorists not get a base in
Moving from country to country, Netanyahu spoke briefly to the
ambassadors about Turkey, saying he would welcome assistance “from every one of
you” in rebuilding Israeli-Turkish ties, something “in the interest of both
As to the Palestinians, Netanyahu said the PA had “wasted” four
years by refusing to negotiate with Israel until its conditions were met –
something he said he was unwilling to do.
The PA’s plans to seek
“nonmember observer state” status in the UN General Assembly will make it more difficult to find a solution and will just waste more time,
“Don’t lend your hands to this process,” he
Netanyahu said the Palestinians needed to take economic steps to
improve their financial situation, and stop “blaming us for everything happening
He warned that a boycott of products from Judea and Samaria would
only worsen the Palestinian economic situation and lead to the firing of some
25,000 Palestinians employed in West Bank factories.
In a related
development, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor called upon the Security
Council and responsible members of the international community to “stop the
provocation” of a vessel that set sail from Sweden and is currently on its way
to Gaza to challenge Israel’s naval blockade.
Prosor, in a letter sent to
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the president of the Security Council, said
the ship was expected to arrive in the vicinity of Gaza with a week. He wrote
that this “could affect the stability of our region” by raising tensions and
sparking “a serious escalation of conflict.”
“Israel’s naval blockade is
a necessary and legitimate security measure. Its only purpose is to stem the
flood of arms into Gaza, where terrorists continue to fire rockets into Israeli
communities day and night,” Prosor wrote. “There is no need for this flotilla.
There is not a single civilian good that cannot enter Gaza.”
that the “rap sheets” of the passengers make clear “they are driven by radical
and extremist agendas.” For instance, he said, “Johan Galtung – the leader of
this provocation –was recently suspended from the Swiss World Peace Academy for
making a series of public anti-Semitic rants.”
Dubbing the group “weekend
revolutionaries,” Prosor wrote that “instead of delivering much-needed goods to
address the humanitarian crisis in Syria, the broken moral compass of these
selfproclaimed human rights activists has steered them to Gaza. Even without
access to today’s GPS systems, the medieval Vikings had a far better sense of