Israel has engaged in a publicity stunt against the Syrian government in an apparent move to promote military intervention in the Arab country. In the latest anti-Damascus move, Ayoob Kara, a senior member of the Israeli Likud Party led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, claimed in an interview with Israel Radio on June 9 that the Syrian government has used “chemical weapons against men, women, and children” during the past months of unrest in the country.
However, recent reports indicated that the armed groups fighting against the Syrian government have found access to and plan to use chemical weapons, acquired from Libya. According to a June 10 report by Russia Today, the armed rebels plan to use the chemical weapons against civilians and then attempt to blame Damascus for the atrocity.Kara also claimed that Israeli doctors along the Turkey-Syria border are treating injured Syrians. Meanwhile, Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sunday expressed support for the Syrian rebels. On June 3, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a televised address to the parliament that Syria is “facing a war from abroad.” He also stated that the political process in the country is “moving forward, yet terrorism is not going down.” Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including security forces, have been killed in the unrest. HSN/MA/HJL