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October 17, 2012 10:04 am

Netanyahu Sends Warning to Syria on Chemical Weapons

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Chemical weapons collected after Libya's National Transitional Council declared full liberation of the country. Similar weapons are believed to be inside Syria. Photo: Giovanni Diffidenti.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem on Tuesday with ambassadors from the European Union, using the meeting as an opportunity to send a warning to Syria. “Israel will do whatever it takes to prevent Syria’s chemical weapons from falling into the hands of terrorist organizations,” he said. “If we are concerned that this is happening—we will consider military action.”

Netanyahu, according to Israel Hayom, added, “Without Iranian interference, [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad wouldn’t have survived. Hezbollah fighters are actively participating in the slaughter of the Syrian people.”

Similar sentiments were heard on Monday from U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice during a UN Security Council meeting. According to Rice, Hezbollah has intensified its support for the Syrian regime and become part of Assad’s “killing machine.”

“Hezbollah leaders continue to plot with Iran new measures to prop up a murderous and desperate dictator,” Rice said during the meeting.

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor said: “Today on the streets of Homs, Hama, and Damascus, we see that Hezbollah’s army is far more preoccupied with butchering their Arab brothers and sisters in Syria.”

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