World Israeli opposition slams PM over Syria strikes

Israeli opposition slams PM over Syria strikes


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

(AA) –  Israeli opposition figures accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of inaugurating his electoral campaign by bombing Damascus and expressed that he seeks to set the Middle East ablaze to guarantee his victory in the upcoming elections, Israeli media reported.

Israel’s Channel 2 quoted lawmaker Yifat Kariv of the centrist Yesh Atid party as saying that Netanyahu did not succeed in forming an alternative coalition to the one he dissolved last week, so he decided to put the Middle East on fire to inaugurate his electoral campaign.

MK Issawi Frej of the leftist Meretz party, meanwhile, said that Netanyahu always tries to blame his failure on foreign issues. When asked about his performance in government and the rising cost of living Netanyahu blames Iran, when asked about the health care system he blames Hamas, he added.

Lawmaker Moshe Mizrahi of the center-left Labor Party, for his part, said that issues tend to overlap before elections, hoped that no one goes “crazy” before the election date.

In response, sources close to Netanyahu have described the opposition’s statements as “rude,” Channel 2 said.

The Israeli military attacks are vital to Israeli’s security and have never been a tool for campaigns, the sources were quoted as saying by the Israeli broadcaster.

Syria’s state-run news agency on Sunday reported that Israeli warplanes had targeted two areas in the countryside of Damascus, near the city’s international airport.

The Syrian government has not reported any casualties from the alleged strikes yet.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu called for holding early elections, citing difficulties leading the state with his current government.

The move came after Netanyahu dismissed two leading members of his cabinet – justice minister Tzipi Livni and finance minister Yair Lapid – prompting the collapse of his coalition government.

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