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June 9, 2013 11:04 am

Netanyahu: ‘Israel Cannot Depend on International Forces for its Security’

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Prime Minister Netanayhu at his weekly cabinet meeting. Photo: Screenshot.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting by announcing that he had spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the weekend about Syria.

Putin said last week Moscow still intends to ship the controversial S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria, despite objections from Israel and the United States.

“We discussed issues related to Syria, where the situation is becoming daily more complex. Only last week, we saw battles close to out border on the Golan Heights. Israel is not intervening in the Syrian civil war, as long as fire is not being directed at us,” he said.

Addressing the tenuous situation involving UN peacekeeping forces along the Syrian border, Netanyahu said that only Israel would be able to maintain its own security.

“The crumbling of the UN force on the Golan Heights underscores the fact that Israel cannot depend on international forces for its security. They can be part of the arrangements. They cannot be the basic foundation of Israel’s security,” he said.

On Thursday Austria said it would pull its troops from a UN peacekeeping mission serving in the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria. There were reports that the Philippines was also considering withdrawing its troops due to security concerns. For his part, Putin had suggested that Russia could make up the troop deficit, but the UN rejected his proposal.

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  • Mel

    The entire United Nations Security Council prefers to rely on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s plan for the security of Israel. Despite Islam’s blood-libel claims Jews descend from pigs, recent behavior suggests haredim descend from ostriches.

  • Rob

    Israel will never prospere in the long term by relying on other countries or advanced weapon systems, but by turning back to the G-d of king David who protected him against his enemies and allowed his kingdom to flourish as it soon will again under a King even greater than David. Weapons as wonderful in design they may seem are the weapon of the weak and will soon be shown to be no match against thoughts that have maintained faith and loyalty to the G-d of king David.

  • …and Minister Yuval Steinitz expanded on this idea in a presentation in Jerusalem last week.