GOING NUCLEAR: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a Golan […]
19 February 2014
GOING NUCLEAR: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a Golan Heights IDF base on Tuesday where Syrian civilians have been treated for war-related injuries, and promptly blasted Iran for “organizing, supplying and directing” Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
In strongly worded Hebrew remarks, the prime minister placed sole blame for Syrians’ suffering squarely on Tehran.
Netanyahu told reporters that, “this is the true face of Iran, because all the injured here and the children who have been hurt, not to speak of those who have been killed, is because Iran organizes, supplies and directs the activities of the Assad regime.”
Meanwhile, two mortars shells fired from Syria fell in the occupied Golan Heights just two hours after Netanyahu’s inspection of the field hospital Tuesday afternoon.
Israeli public radio reported Wednesday that the clinic was opened especially for the Prime Minister’s media tour as a dramatic backdrop for the international press.
The government-produced video is muted as the prime minister is briefed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, but the sound is turned up for his get-well greetings of “salamtak” to a Syrian patient as army doctors display and describe his shrapnel injuries.
The Israeli military spokesman’s office reports that more than 500 Syrians have received treatment in Israel.
“On the day that the world powers are opening talks in Vienna with Iran, it is important for the world to see pictures from this place,” said the Israeli premier, referring to negotiations towards a comprehensive solution with Tehran on its nuclear program.
Netanyahu’s remarks come just 10 days ahead of the main American Israel lobby, AIPAC’s annual policy conference, where the prime minster is expected to press his theme that Syria’s misery is the proof of Iran’s region-wide security menace.