(JTA) – Israel’s defense minister said he does not expect the newly negotiated Syria cease-fire to succeed.
Moshe Ya’alon said Monday in a statement he is skeptical about the cease-fire, which the United States and Russia announced earlier in the day, because the Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front, two of the numerous factions involved in the Syrian civil war of nearly five years, were not involved in the process, Agence France Press reported.
The cease-fire is scheduled to begin Feb. 27.
Yaalon also said both Russia and the U.S. recognize Israeli freedom of action in Syria.
“Israeli action is based on a single principle: self-defense,” the statement said, according to AFP.