Tzipi Livni, Israel's justice minister and chief negotiator.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni called upon the UN on Wednesday to take immediate
action to end the bloodshed in Syria.
Speaking at an Israel Bar
Association convention in Herzliya, Livni said mere rhetoric from the UN was not
enough at this stage.
“The UN, whose motto since its first day has been
‘never again,’ must intervene,” Livni said. “It is not enough to make
heartwarming speeches. [The UN] must also struggle for such values with its
actions. The events taking place in Syria must be stopped while they’re still
Transportation Minister Israel Katz agreed with Livni in his
remarks at a rally in Samaria.
“We are living in a region in which
everything is stormy and we are an island of serenity and security in the heart
of the region,” Katz said.
“In a reality of massacres and blood as
Muslims slaughter Muslims and [peace] plans come and go, we have no choice but
to rely on the Rock of Israel,” he said referring to God, “and the Israeli
Science, Technology and Space Minister Yaakov Peri
criticized America’s handling of Syria at the University of Haifa’s business
“We can give our handling of the Syrian situation a good grade,”
“Unlike on the Iranian issue on which ministers and former
security officials have talked too much, on Syria the system has been well
thought out. This is a sign of maturity. There is no dispute that the butcher in
Damascus is killing people and not just with chemical weapons.
chemical weapons in the past. I can’t give my opinion on how a superpower is
managing the crisis in Syria, but I might have handled it differently.”