The chairman of the Yisrael Beytenu faction, MK Avigdor Lieberman, had some motivational words for his faction's members Sunday, in an attempt to defuse tensions regarding the uncertain situation in Syria.
"There is no other country that has to deal with security challenges like the ones Israel deals with,” he said, but added: “Moses brought us here and we won't budge.”
Lieberman said that there is no justification for panic or for long lines at gas mask distribution centers.
"The entire Syrian civil war didn't begin because of Israel and I do not recommmend that anyone drag us in,” he said. “We have no reason to be dragged in and I recommmend not to try us.”
Lieberman, who is also the head of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Security Committee, stung Western countries that spend too much time trying to change things in Israel, but stand aside as the carnage in Syria reaches huge proportions. “100 thousand people were slaughtered in Syria and the world talks. And on the other side of the Arab world, Iran is taking advantage of the situation, increasing terrorism and carrying on with its nuclear program.”
"We don't need a babysitter,” he said, regarding relations with the Palestinian Authority (PA). “Let us take care of this matter on our own. The involvement [of others] only pushes a solution further away. When we see what goes on around us, we understand that we can only count on ourselves.”
Lieberman admitted that the unification with Likud in a single list in the last elections cost the two parties Knesset seats. “I read the criticism,” he said. “It's true, we lost some mandates, but the national camp is still in power.”