Israeli Minister: ‘The Time has Come to Assassinate Assad’

Published May 17th, 2017 - 05:00 GMT
Women walk by Syrian Red Crescent vehicles in Damascus' north eastern al-Qaboun suburb on May 16, 2017, after the formerly rebel-held neighbourhood was retaken by Syrian government forces. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
Women walk by Syrian Red Crescent vehicles in Damascus' north eastern al-Qaboun suburb on May 16, 2017, after the formerly rebel-held neighbourhood was retaken by Syrian government forces. (AFP/Louai Beshara)

An Israeli minister called for the assassination of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday, saying he “does not have a place in this world.”

Speaking at a conference outside Jerusalem, Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant, a retired IDF general, said that in light of recent allegations that Assad’s regime carried out mass executions and burned the bodies of the victims, he had to be killed.

“The reality of the situation in Syria is that they are executing people, using directed chemical attacks against them, and the latest extreme — burning their corpses, something we haven’t seen in 70 years,” Galant said, in a reference to the Holocaust.

The minister said Assad’s actions in Syria amount to nothing less than a “genocide,” with “hundreds of thousands killed.”

On Monday, the United States State Department accused the Assad regime of carrying out mass killings of thousands of prisoners and burning the bodies in a large crematorium outside the capital.

“In my view, we are crossing a red line. And in my view, the time has come to assassinate Assad. It’s as simple as that,” said Galant, who previously served as the head of the IDF’s Southern Command.

Galant likened the assassination of Assad to cutting off the “tail of the snake.” After that, he said, “we can focus on the head, which is in Tehran.”

In a conversation with The Times of Israel after his speech, Galant stood by his comments.

He acknowledged that targeted political assassinations are considered illegal under international law, but clarified that he “wasn’t speaking about practicalities.”

However, he added, “Anyone who murders people and burns their corpses does not have a place in this world.”

By Judah Ari Gross


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