Benjamin Netanyahu

Your neighbor's house is on fire, but he hates you. Do you help? That's Israel's Syria dilemma.

Your neighbor's house is on fire, but he hates you. Do you help? That's Israel's Syria dilemma.

Israel has spent most of the Syrian civil war watching from the sidelines rather than becoming mired in a sectarian conflict in which neither of the sides looked particularly appealing as an ally.

Last week’s sarin gas attack, apparently by Syrian air forces, has intensified a long running debate about whether the government should be doing more to alleviate humanitarian suffering just beyond its northern border and act militarily to weaken President Bashar Assad.

Despite a state of war that exists between the neighbors, a growing number of Israelis are calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to do more to assist Syrian civilians, arguing that Jewish...

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