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Bassil: Israel and ISIS speak same language

Bassil attends the extraordinary meeting on Palestine held in Jeddah, Tuesday, August 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HO)

BEIRUT:Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil linked Israeli crimes in Gaza to the heinous assault of extremist militants in Iraq, saying that both entities spoke the language of "blind violence."

“ISIS cut off heads with swords, Israel cuts off the heads of an entire population with its planes” said Bassil during an extraordinary meeting of of Arab foreign ministers in Jeddah to discuss Palestine.

Bassil slammed Israel for its brutal policies, saying that it turned the entire Gaza strip into a giant concentration camp, worse that Nazi concentration camps.

The Foreign Minister rejected the notion of a democratic Israel, saying that democracy does not entail a freedom of killing nor does it give legitimacy to "butchering civilians."

Bassil said that Israeli policies are nourishing state and Takfiri terrorism, arguing that ISIS’s aims fall in line with an Israeli desire to turn the region in to a cluster of small states fighting each other.

“Is there any doubt of a link or common interest between what Israel is doing in Gaza and what ISIS is doing in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon?” Bassil asked.

Bassil reiterated that Lebanon had asked the International Criminal Court Prosecutor to launch investigations on crimes against humanity perpetrated by Israeli forces in Gaza.

The Foreign Minister called for support for to the Lebanese army and urged supplying the military with the necessary weapons and gear to fight terrorism.

“No Gulf state nor Asian, European or American country is immune to what is happening in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq," Bassil concluded.

 

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