Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon announced Israel’s willingness to provide humanitarian aid to refugees escaping Syria’s ongoing violence on Sunday morning. In an interview with Israel Radio, Ayalon said Israel is willing to send food and medicine to help those fleeing the war-torn country to Jordan.
Ayalon said that while the refugees currently arriving in neighboring Jordan are not in need of immediate medical attention, if the need arises, Israel can also send medical teams.
“We are constantly in touch with the International Red Cross and are prepared to join any aid mission, adding our assets to US or European efforts,” Ayalon said.
Ayalon expressed frustration at the weak international response to the ongoing Syrian violence, wondering why there was no international action similar to that which took place in Libya last year.
Ayalon said that the situation in Syria was “out of control,” adding that had the international community taken action earlier, it might have been possible to end the violence swiftly and relatively simply.
“Now only a large peacekeeping force, numbering tens of thousands of soldiers, can hope to bring an end to the suffering of the Syrian people,” he said.
“I am not sure that ousting [Syrian President Bashar] Assad now would even be effective,” said Ayalon. “Both the opposition forces and the Assad loyalists know that if they lose they will be slaughtered.”
Ayalon said that the world’s inaction on Syria is proof that Israel would be wrong to depend on international security assurances in future peace deals with its neighbors. “Only we can ensure our future,” said Ayalon.
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