The world must completely rid Syria of all chemical weapons, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday following the suspected gas attack in a rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib Province in which at least 58 people were killed and dozens of others were wounded.
“When I saw pictures of babies suffocating from a chemical attack in Syria, I was shocked and outraged,” Netanyahu said at a state memorial ceremony for the late Israeli President Chaim Herzog at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. “There’s no, none, no excuse whatsoever for the deliberate attacks on civilians and on children, especially with cruel and outlawed chemical weapons.”
“I call on the international community to fulfill its obligation from 2013 to fully and finally remove these horrible weapons from Syria,” he continued.
Also on Tuesday, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon stated, “The world cannot be silent in the face of the horrific massacre in Syria and allow this devastation to repeat itself. The UN must act immediately to put an end to the use of any chemical weapons and ensure their removal from Syrian territory. This is the UN’s true purpose and it must fulfill this fundamental responsibility.”
Israeli Education Minister and HaBayit HaYehudi leader Naftali Bennett tweeted, “Children are choking to death. The world must act against the chemical massacre in Syria. I call upon President Trump to lead this effort.”
Zionist Union chief Isaac Herzog — the head of Israel’s opposition — tweeted, “What is taking place in Syria is a crime against humanity. The United States and the world must lead an aggressive policy to protect the innocent. Legitimizing the Assad regime means supporting a murderous regime.”
Israel has largely tried to stay out of the war that has raged in Syria for more than six years now, with the exception of direct responses to cross-border fire in the Golan Heights region in a number of instances and reported occasional air strikes targeting Hezbollah-bound shipments of advanced weaponry.
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