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President Bashar Assad is a “murderer” without a future, President Shimon Peres
said on Monday in the harshest public statement yet by an Israeli leader about
the situation in Syria.
Assad is killing men, women and children, and “it
is forbidden for the citizens for the world to stand to the side,” Peres said
before a meeting with visiting Croatian President Ivo Josipovic.
praised the Syrians taking to the streets daily against Assad and showing
“courage under fire.”
“I must say that the fact that the Arab League
turned to the UN for the first time with a request to send military forces to
save the citizens and children of Syria is very important in the struggle for
freedom, democracy and preserving the dignity of man and the Syrian people,” he
Peres’s comments came amid a perception among some in the Arab
world that Israel – out of a preference for “the devil it knows” – is interested
in seeing Assad remain in power. In an apparent effort to dispel this thinking,
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said in an Army Radio interview last week that
any alternative to Assad would be better for Israel.
Israel, according to
diplomatic sources, is walking a delicate balancing act, not wanting to be
perceived as intervening in Syrian affairs, and concerned that anything it says
will be turned against it. The officials said that the opposing forces in Syria
are busy casting aspersions upon each other by saying that the other side either
supports or is being aided by Israel.
Peres also told his Croatian
counterpart that it was very important for Israel to maintain its peace treaties
with Jordan and Egypt during this period of regional instability.
diplomatic official said that while Israel would like to see Jordan return its
ambassador to Israel, this is unlikely now because of Amman’s concern that this
could complicate matters domestically for King Abdullah II.
Embassy in Tel Aviv has been without an ambassador for nearly two years, since
Abdullah appointed Ali Al Ayed, the former envoy, as Jordan’s minister of media
affairs and communications in July 2010. Amman did not name a
replacement. While Israel would like to see the return of an envoy, it
understands the constraints that Abdullah is working under, the official
Diplomatic officials have characterized the coordination between
Amman and Jerusalem as “very close,” something apparent in Jordan’s decision
last month to host low-level talks between Israel and the
Nevertheless, the coordination is at the governmental
level, with a high-degree of anti-normalization feeling toward Israel among
large segments of the population, similar to what exists in Egypt.
Also on Monday, Israel rebuked Assad at the United Nations, saying he had lost his legitimacy to lead the country.
to the UN Ron Prosor called on the international community to step up
its actions against Syria to help stop the violence that has left
thousands of Syrian protesters dead.
"The image of frightened
women and children in the streets of Homs weighs on our consciousness,"
he told the General Assembly. "The international community must act
immediately to stop the systematic murder of innocent women and
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