„Citing the deadly recent siege on Aleppo, and massacre of over 500,000 men, women and children in the ongoing Syrian civil war, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Thursday night called embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a ‚butcher‘ who must be removed from power. Speaking at the opening of the 9th annual Limmud FSU conference in Eilat, Liberman also condemned the international community for not intervening in what he deemed a ‚massacre,‘ while instead focusing its collective ire on Israel.
‚Where is the international community?‘ he asked. ‚It’s a shame that instead of focusing on the very unfortunate fact that 500 people are killed in the Middle East every day, the international community would rather criticize Israel for every new balcony built on a settlement.‘ ‚Assad is a butcher, who has slaughtered and murdered hundreds of thousands of people, including by using chemical weapons,‘ he continued. ‚In my opinion, he should be removed from power – and we should block Iranian involvement in Syria.‘“ (Daniel K. Eisenbud: „Israeli Defense Minister: Assad is a butcher who must be removed from power“)