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Netanyahu: Israel Prepared to Deal with Syrian Chemical Weapons

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the weekly Cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, July 22, 2012.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the weekly Cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, July 22, 2012.
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Michael Bowman
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country is prepared to act to neutralize the threat posed by Syrian weapons of mass destruction in a post-Assad era.  The prime minister was interviewed by two U.S. television networks.

Benjamin Netanyahu says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s days are numbered.

“I think the [Syrian] regime will go," he said. "I do not know if it is days or weeks or months, but I do not think it is sustainable.”

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, the prime minister said he worries chaos in Syria could allow chemical weapons to fall into the hands of sworn enemies of Israel.

“Can you imagine Hezbollah - the people who are conducting, with Iran, all these terror attacks around the world - can you imagine that they would have chemical weapons?  It would be like al-Qaida having chemical weapons.  It is something that is not acceptable to us,” he said.

Netanyahu declined to specify what Israel might or might not do. “Do I seek action?  No.  Do I preclude it?  No,” he said.

The Israeli prime minister repeated his contention that Hezbollah, backed by Iran, was responsible for last week’s suicide bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israelis and wounded several others.  Hezbollah has not commented on the incident.  Iran has denied the allegation and says it condemns all terrorist acts.

Appearing on another U.S. television program, CBS’ Face the Nation, Netanyahu declined to comment on news reports quoting Israeli officials as saying they are working with British intelligence to prevent possible terrorist attacks at the London Olympics.  Forty years ago, 11 Israeli athletes were killed at the Olympic games in Munich.

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by: LEROY PADMORE from: Jersey City
July 24, 2012 2:09 AM
Assad days of dictatorship is over,He needs to go.as for the chemical weapon,if it falls into the wrong people hands,Israel is in a big mess.however Israel will fire back too.Israel is strong and well ready to fight at any cost.If the enemy of Israel fire chemical weapon into Israel,Israel will do the same.Enough is enough.what give them the right to fire into Israel and Israel cannot do the same?


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
July 23, 2012 3:07 PM
Why ask Benjamin these questions now when everyone knows that Israel's Middle East is in serious look out for the comments. Israel should have kept quiet watching things unfold. Ultimately the entire Arab Middle East will be worried at its silence, even though they would want to seek for her opinion, but the right thing should have been for the Arabs to ask for it not for Israel to give it free of charge. By and large, peace in the Middle East depends on how soon the region recognizes and accepts Israel's leading role. Yet SILENCE should have been more golden here.


by: Trevor from: Adelaide
July 23, 2012 12:48 AM
That's novel by Israel. Terrorists calling someone terrorists !


by: laozi
July 22, 2012 10:05 PM
Netanyahu- what do you think you are- are yo interfering our people's issues


by: Anonymous
July 22, 2012 9:53 PM
Hey Israel, we all can't stand Assad, but why care more about taking out the Checmical Weapons there, than helping the people that are being terrorized by their own government now? Why not do both? Help the Syrians, show you care about human life, not just your own...

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by: mercy from: nigeria
July 23, 2012 3:42 AM
I know Israel would have loved to help the Syrians, but I am sure the hateful Arabs will not hesitate to accuse Israel of interfering in Arab muslim affairs. So Israel, leave these your enemies alone to handle their matters and concentrate on your own internal security.

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