News Brief 8/21/2013, Elul 15, 5773
Yaalon Confirms Syria Chemical Attack
"In Syria, the regime has used chemical weapons and it's not the first time," Yaalon told Israeli defense correspondents.
"It's a life and death struggle between a regime based on the Alawite minority and a disparate opposition composed of Sunni Muslims, some Muslim Brotherhood members, others linked to Al-Qaeda.
"We don't see any end to the fighting - even the fall of (President Bashar) al-Assad won't bring it to a halt, there will a bloody settling of accounts over a long period," the minister said.