Israel Vice-PM Cries for Military Intervention in Syria

World | June 10, 2012, Sunday // 16:16|  views

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, welcomes new deputy prime minister Shaul Mofaz during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, May 13, 2012. EPA/BGNES

Israeli Vice-PM Shaul Mofaz has renewed the calls of his country for an international military intervention to topple the regime of Syria President Bashar Al-Assad.

In what is perceived as an unusually sharp statement, Mofaz accused the Syrian regime of a "genocide" against its own people, and called on the international community not to remain passive.

The Israeli Vice-PM further severely criticized Russia for its allegedly supportive stance for the Syrian government.

"A crime against humanity, a genocide is what is currently happening in Syria," stated Mofaz in an interview for the Israeli military radio Sunday.

"The silence of the international community is contrary to any human logic. What is even worse is the behavior of Russia, which febly condemns atrocities and continues to arm the murderous Assad regime," added he.

The two neighbors are formally still in war against each other, after in 1967 Israel occupied Syria's Golan Heights.

Until recently, Israel was refraining to call for an ousting of Assad, fearing that the Syrian conflict might adversely affect it.

Sunday Mofaz, who has been a high-ranking general in the Israeli military army, stressed that his country cannot act alone, but must intensively lobby for international intervention.

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