Israeli authorities are perturbed over the prolonged Syrian crisis and have been keeping a close eye on developments in the volatile country. Yes, Israelis are rightly concerned about the ongoing uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, as, if the crisis is not resolved, it may threaten security and stability of the whole region. Syria is a neighbor of Israel and both the countries have never had warm relations. The growing violence and corresponding suppression by security forces loyal to the regime have alerted the neighboring countries, as they fear the predicament may turn into a complete disaster for the Middle East.
Syria is an important country in the region; therefore, it is in the interest of each country in the Middle East that peace and stability be restored in the violence-wracked country. Speaking Thursday at the air force’s pilot graduation ceremony, Prime Ministersaid that Israel was following all the developments in Syria and would do whatever it needed to defend itself against any threat from Syria. What kind of threat Israel is facing from Syria? Israel, the United States and other European countries fear that Syrian chemical weapons stockpile may land in the hands of militants and terrorists after the dictator is ousted from power.
Israel is keeping a close vigil on the peace process going on in Syria and efforts put by Arab League-UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. The peace envoy discussed his peace proposal with the regime in detail during his recent visit to the country, but its results have yet to come.
Israel also fears that radicals and militants will take over power after the ouster of President al-Assad. And this is where Israel is ready to take any action against Syria.
Earlier this week, Netanyahu told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting that Israel will take military action to secure lethal weapons of Syria if need arises for it. The world powers now have their eyes set on the UN peace envoy’s efforts and hope for a breakthrough. It also emerged in print and electronic media that al-Assad wants to discuss the Brahimi peace proposal with Russia and that is why he has sent a diplomat to Russia to get guidance. Russia is one of the staunchest allies of Syria, but has hinted in recent weeks at being ready to accept the ouster of al-Assad from the presidency.