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Assad must keep Iran out of Syria if he wants to survive, says Israeli minister

Ayelet Shaked, Israeli Minister of Justice
Ayelet Shaked, Israeli Minister of Justice

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said on Monday that Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad has to keep Iran out of Syria if he wants to survive, local media have reported.

“Israel needs to pressure world powers to not allow [Iran to establish a strong presence in Syria],” Shaked told Herzliya’s International Institute on Counterterrorism Conference. If the world powers did not comply with this demand, she said, then Israel should “do what we need to do.”

A few days ago, the Israeli air force carried out air strikes to destroy arms caches inside Syria.

“Iran’s [presence] in Syria can be very bad,” added the Likud minister, “and Israel will not agree to it establishing weapons’ factories and ports.” She expressed her hope that the “world powers will not allow it.”

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Meanwhile, Israel’s Minister of Regional Cooperation, Tzahi Hanegbi, said that the Iranian presence in Syria would be discussed during next week’s meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump. Hanegbi pointed out that Israel is seeking to prevent Iran being in Syrian using diplomatic means, stressing that it wants to make things clearer to avoid criticism in case it takes any military action in this regard.

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  • peepsqueek

    You only have to look at Israel’s neighbors for examples of this kind of competition. Long before Israel became an independent state, After 400 years of Ottoman Turkish Empire, on October 13, 1932, Iraq became an independent state and it was admitted to the League of Nations. Iraq continued to be messed up by social, economic, ethnic, religious, and ideological conflicts, all of which retards the process of state formation. The declaration of statehood triggered competition for power– Sunnis and Shias, cities and tribes, sheiks and tribesmen, Assyrians and Kurds, pan-Arabists and Iraqi nationalists–all fought for places in the state structure. The system was overwhelmed by conflicting sectarian demands. What has really changed?

    • 3007

      Are Jews living in Israel Israelis or Israelites ?

      • peepsqueek

        Jews are a collective people, not a specific race, who have maintained traditions, rituals, language, and historical ties to the biblical birthplace of David, Solomon, and Jesus. They have built a tiny viable nation called Israel. The Jews of Israels are the only ethnic and religious minority in the Middle East and North Africa with the full right of self determination.

        Egyptians were not Arabs, nor did they speak Arabic. Syrians (Assyrians) were not Arabs, nor did they speak Arabic, Moroccans (Berbers) were not Arabs, nor did they speak Arabic, Iraqis (Assyrians, Turkmen, Shabakis, Yazidis, Armenians, Mandeans, Circassians, and Kawliya) were not Arabs not did they speak Arabic, Libya was not Arab, nor did they speak Arabic, the Sudan (tribal Africa) was not Arab, nor did they speak Arabic, Tunisia was not Arab, nor did they speak Arabic. Why are they all called Arab Countries, speak Arabic, and belong to the League of “Arab” Nations, and have to live under some form of Islamic Sharia, which is Arabian?

        • Aflal E.

          …pretty interesting stuff…!!!

  • ray

    Its obvious she is trying to score points with the far right in Israel, But eventually Her lack of experience and stupidity will catch up to her

  • outer_rl

    “Assad must keep Iran out of Syria if he wants to make it easier for Israel to overthrow him, Israeli minister really means”

  • But remember that nature abhors a vacuum, if Iran is expelled from Syria, then other foreign powers will inevitably take its place and continue to influence Syria, possibly in even more disastrous ways.

  • virgile

    Israel is panicking.. Iran is getting closer. So they’ll say just anything, throw any threat!