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Defense Minister Ya’alon: Assad Has Lost Control

According to rebel sources in Syria, the number of dead as a result of the chemical gas attack on a suburb of Damascus has topped 1,300, including women and children.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon seen looking through binoculars during a tour of the IDF Northern front. On Wednesday he warned that the Syrian conflict will not end even after Assad's fall.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon seen looking through binoculars during a tour of the IDF Northern front. On Wednesday he warned that the Syrian conflict will not end even after Assad's fall.
Photo Credit: Alon Basson/IDF Spokesperson/FLASH90

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Against the background of the gas attack in Syria and the reports about hundreds of victims, perhaps more than a thousand, Israeli Defense Minister and former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon said on Wednesday that “the Syrian regime has lost control over the country, is present only in about 40 percent of its territory and is finding it difficult to subdue to opposition forces.”

Speaking at a ceremony welcoming the new Jewish year at the defense ministry compound in downtown Tel Aviv, Ya’alon said that “for some time now this has not been an internal Syrian conflict. We decided not to intervene in this conflict, but we drew red lines to make sure our interests are not harmed.

The defense minister expressed skepticism about the ending of the war in Syria. “We don’t envision the end of this situation, since even the toppling of Assad won’t bring about a conclusion. There are many open, bloody accounts yet to be settled by the various elements.”

“It’s a conflict that has turned global, with one axis receiving support from Russia and the other bein helped by the U.S. and Europe. Lebanon is connected to the massive Iranian support and therefore the war has been dripping into its territory as well. Inside Lebanon there are focal points of confrontation as well. But, generally speaking, the borders are peaceful and we are watching to make sure the cannons are not trained on us,” Ya’alon said.

According to rebel sources in Syria, the number of dead as a result of the chemical gas attack on a suburb of Damascus has topped 1,300, including women and children. The rebels are claiming this was a massacre of innocent civilians, who were hurt by poison gas in the area of the Guta camp, a rebel held spot outside Damascus.

A Syrian government spokesperson has said in response that those claims are unfounded, and are intended to sabotage the work of the UN inspectors who have just arrived in Syria to investigate earlier reports of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army.

Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom, head of the 20-member inspection team, told news agency TT that he finds the reports of such a high number of casualties suspicious.

“It sounds like something that should be looked into,” he told TT over the phone from Damascus. “It will depend on whether any UN member state goes to the secretary general and says we should look at this event. We are in place.”

Minister Ya’alon referred to situation in Egypt as well, saying there has been relative quiet on the Israeli border with Egypt, but noted that extremist elements like the World Jihad will attempt to destabilize the border.

He warned against the recent developments in the Sinai, such as the execution by Islamist terrorists of 25 Egyptian policemen, spilling over into Israel.

“Over the past week, the Sinai border has been the hottest, and it obliges us to realign for it.”

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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8 Responses to “Defense Minister Ya’alon: Assad Has Lost Control”

  1. ScallywagNYC says:

    With the latest violence and the use of social media to publicize the atrocities at hand, the world is once again reminded of the bitter unresolved tensions being played out via an often under reported proxy war courtesy of neighboring states and that of the US and regional super powers,Israel and Russia….Of course the question now is who’s hand will be forced now? Can we really believe the latest assertions or is this just another episode of a publicly fought war using any propaganda to exert pressure…?
    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2013/08/syrian-rebels-claim-assad-government-kills-1300-with-nerve-gas-claims-denied/

  2. Further evidence that Islam truly is a religion of peace.

  3. Ron Mech says:

    The Syrian Assad forces are no different to Nazis gassing their own people – Assad and those responsible for these evil actions will one day have to stand before the Judge of all humankind and give an account of their actions! Makes one think!

  4. Benjamin Fox says:

    Assad told his generals to attack Israel if anything happened to him, maybe it is time to bring Isaiah's 17:1 about?

  5. Nazis did not gas their own people but Jews!

  6. Our enemy is killing its own, stay out of it, leave them alone, it is not our concern. When they are done we shall deal with whatever is left. Ask yourself and often; "Are these islamic murderers our 'fellow man' and to be loved," a mitzvah, or are they described elsewhere as only enemy to be destroyed?

  7. I heard a comment that one of the rockets stricked to a chemical weapons hardware house, that is why the goverment and the rebels accuse each other.

  8. Nathan Warszawski The Nazis gassed Germans who were "guilty" of various things… From being Jewish, being handicapped, having helped Jews and so forth… So yes, Nazi Germany also "gassed their own people"…

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