In a highly explosive, but barely publicized speech, an Israeli Parliament Member delivered a demand that should have been around the world. In light of new revelations regarding the Syrian President’s actions, he said, “The time has come to assassinate Bashar Assad.”
Earlier this week, United States intelligence revealed that Assad’s government was guilty of mass executions of thousands of prisoners, and a huge crematorium just outside the country’s capital was found. About 45 minutes north of Damascus, is the Sednaya Military Prison, where it is estimated that 50 prisoners per day are executed. The findings were the result of newly declassified information and from human rights organizations such as Amnesty International.
“These atrocities have been carried out seemingly with the unconditional support from Russia and Iran,” Jones said.
So far it is believed that at least 13,000 people have been killed in the prison. The bodies are then taken to the crematorium to be burned. It is also believed that Assad’s government has used chemical weapons on civilians areas, to wipe out rebel forces in the civil war. The Syrian government has denied all of these charges.
“We believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of mass murders taking place,” said Stuart Jones, the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East. He accused the government of Syria of “sinking to a new level of depravity.”
According to Jones, the prisoners are a mixed bag of political dissidents and civilians. “[The Syrian regime] has treated opposition forces and unarmed civilians as one and the same, to systematically abduct and torture civilian detainees, often beating, electrocuting and raping these victims as well as the extrajudicial killings of thousands,” he said.
In a press conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Israeli MP Yoav Galant, Housing and Construction Minister, likened the actions to the Nazi Holocaust. “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,” he said.
Galant explained killing Assad was akin to cutting off the tail of a snake. After Assad has been taken out, “we can focus on the head, which is in Tehran.”
Although in a later newspaper interview, when he was reminded that political assassinations are an international crime, Galant said he “wasn’t speaking about practicalities. But anyone who murders people and burns their corpses does not have a place in this world.”
He also believes that Assad and Lebanese terrorist organization Ally Hezbollah, are a bigger threat to the world than radical Islam. ““The world will wipe out [ISIS], the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda,” he said. “What is behind Syria is Hezbollah who is backed by Iran. Iran is a danger to the security of the entire world. Iran is the problem, not the solution,” he said.
Over the last seven years, the Syrian civil war has left a death toll of almost 50,000 people and 11 million refugees. This is partly responsible for the refugee crisis around the world in which governments are struggling to accommodate the masses of migrants, in compliance with their own immigration laws, as well as the safety of their citizens. (The other culprit being ISIS).
President Trump has plans to visit the region next week and Galant’s comments were intended to apply pressure to the United States and its allies to confront the situation in Syria, and its backers Iran and Russia. So far, the United States has stayed out of it, other than to strike at armies, should shells cross over into neighboring Israel.
Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak visited Washington and the photos were released of the three leaders shaking hands smiling, while simultaneous media reports featured Syrian mass graves allegedly funded in part by Russia.
Jones said that the surveillance information was not shared with the Russians, nor has the United States government officially accused them of being involved. But Jones did say that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, “was firm and clear with Minister Lavrov. Russia holds tremendous influence over Bashar al-Assad. A key point that took place in that bilateral meeting was telling Russia to use its power to rein in the regime.”
Already tensions between the United States and Syrian backer Iran are higher than they have been in a while. In the past few months, Iranian vessels have provoked United States ships in the Persian Gulf, stopping just short of an incident. They have also conducted ballistic missile testing in violation of their nuclear agreement. The Trump administration has so far looked the other way to avoid a potential World War III. But, if they are forced to get involved in Syria, it would incite the ready aggression of the Ayatollah. With nuclear capabilities and a radical extremist tendency, a conflict would be catastrophic.
But peace talks with warring factions of Syria to happen next week are thought to be of no avail. Which leads to, according to an Israel Parliament member, no other choice but an assassination.