Saturday 6 February 2010 13:17
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Confession: Israel Too Weak for Regime Change in Syria
On Friday, the controversial Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said: “Syrian President Bashar Asad must realize that if he provokes Israel his regime will collapse.”
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Avigdor Lieberman
Avigdor Lieberman
Hours later Lieberman himself, as well as his colleagues, realized that he made a huge mistake. The first reaction to this statement was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forbidding any government minister from making any remarks about Syria.

Netanyahu and Lieberman then issued a joint statement saying: “Israel is seeking peace and wants to engage in political negotiations with Syria, without pre-conditions. Nevertheless, Israel will continue to fiercely and firmly respond to any potential threat.”

Some Israeli activists claimed that Lieberman was actually trying to pressure Israel into a war that it does not want to fight. French officials have been quoted as saying ‘hot-tempered’ Israeli Foreign Minister largely responsible for war of words between Jerusalem and Damascus.

Ehud Barak, Israel’s Defense Minister said: “We, in the security institution in Israel, believe that settlement with Syria is a strategic goal and therefore, we should sit down and discuss the issue instead of exchanging verbal threats.”


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