Netanyahu: Syria provoking Israel to divert attention from internal bloodshed

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accuses Syria of deliberately attempting to inflame tensions along its border with Israel in order to divert attention from its bloody crackdown on internal protests.

A day after Syria reported that 23 people were killed in a Naksa Day rally along the border marking 44 years since the 1967 Six-Day War, Netanyahu told MKs from his Likud party that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime did not “use its weight to stop the events from happening.”

“The Syrians allowed these people to instigate provocation, to challenge Israel’s sovereignty,” said Netanyahu. “This was an attempt to divert international intention from what is happening with Syria, and from the difficult events occurring in the city of Homa,” said Netanyahu.