A ceasefire, not war, is the only path to ending the Syrian conflict, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, but he added that “there are conditions” to the peace talks.
Netanyahu’s comments came hours after the Syrian government announced it was ending its operation against rebel groups in the war-torn country, including Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham.
The announcement was seen as a blow to Assad’s hopes for a political solution in Syria that could include a political transition and eventual peace.
Netz, in a speech at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, said the ceasefire is an essential part of any peace agreement.
He said Israel would continue to act against the terrorist organizations and the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
The Israeli leader said the Syrian regime is fighting against an international coalition, which includes the United States, that is “fighting against the Syrian people.”
“They are fighting against the Iranian regime and the Iranian proxies, and they are fighting the terrorist groups, and these are the only forces fighting against them,” he said.
“So this is a war against the international coalition that is trying to do something about the Syrian problem.”
He added that Israel “is fighting against every terrorist organization that has emerged in Syria.”