To win, Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Steinitz says: “It is in his (Assad’s) interest not to provoke us, so that we get involved.”
Steinitz’s assessment was quickly disavowed by others in PM Netanyahu’s coalition gov’t.
Free Syrian Army fighters eat Kibbeh, a traditional Allepian food, in Aleppo’s Karm al-Jabal district, June 8, 2013. – Photo: Reuters
Though the assessment was quickly disavowed by others in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government, it reflected the difficulties facing Israel and Western countries in predicting Syria‘s destiny and weighing intervention. Continue Reading »
Defense Minister & Finance Minister comment on Gaza operation, supporting PM’s decisions but apprehensive in face of what lies ahead.
‘Hamas will bounce back,’ Ashdod mayor Yehiel Lasri says.
“The price the other side paid was so great that it will have to think 70 times before doing this again,” said Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz in a special Ynet Live broadcast Thursday, discussing the ramifications of the ceasefire with Hamas and the aftermath of Operation Pillar of Defense.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
“We had two alternatives, and we reached a crossroad,” the finance minister said. Continue Reading »