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April 26, 2013 9:21 am

Israeli Deputy FM: U.S. Response to Syria Chemical Weapons Use Will Send Signal to Iran

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How the United States responds to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons will send a signal to Iran, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Zev Elkin said Friday.

“If they don’t act on something they defined as a ‘red line,’ then the Iranians will learn that the red lines the West sets are very flexible, and will continue their nuclear program,” he told IDF Radio (Galei Tzahal).

“If the United States and the international community are able to take action and to take control of the chemical weapons reserves in Syria, the concerns over its use will not be relevant. It could be that as soon as the international community understands that red lines have been crossed, it will realize that there is no choice but to take action,” he continued.

Israel is, at this point, unconcerned with who leads the Syria government, but rather with who controls Syria’s chemical weapons, Elkin added.

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“The world is beginning to internalize the fact that chemical weaponry endangers us all,” he said.

Earlier this week the head of the Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence Research Branch, Brig. Gen. Itay Baron, said that the Syrian government used lethal chemical weapons, mainly sarin gas, against armed rebels several times in the past few weeks, and is continuing to do so.

On Wednesday, a senior Free Syrian Army leader told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that Assad has used chemical weapons, and that evidence has been gathered.

“We took some samples of the soil and of blood. The injured people were observed by doctors and the samples were tested and it was very clear that the regime used chemical weapons,” Free Syrian Army Chief of Staff General Salim Idriss said.

And on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Chuck Hagel confirmed the U.S.’s belief that Syria has used chemical weapons.

“The intelligence community has been assessing information for some time on this issue,” Hagel said, USA Today reported. “The decision to make this conclusion was reached in the last 24 hours.”

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  • POTUS withdrew from any attack against Islamists, as he promised. He withdrew US military from Iraq, Afghanistan (2014 scheduled), Libya, Egypt (supported with Billions, F16s, tanks), Iran-North Korea Nuclear Weapons (ineffective sanctions and rhetoric), pivoted military from Mid-East to China while cutting frontline air-sea-land forces in half, removed all mention of Radical Islamism from Lawmakers, Military, Intelligence, His Media. His inactions re Venezuela and Syria to date are obviously.

  • Ross Lloyd

    After having seen this today: HERE IS A BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURE OF AN IRAQI GIRL. THIS GIRL WAS RAPED BY MORE THAN 20 MEN … THIS VICIOUS, SATANIC CRIME WAS COMMITTED IN SYRIA …. AS YOU SEE WHAT THE MEN DID TO HER AFTER SHE WAS RAPED, THEY TORTURED HER BY CUTTING HER, THEY THROW ACID ON HER AND KILLED HER, BUT THAT WASN’T ENOUGH FOR THEM, THEY STUCK A CROSS IN HER MOUTH.
    ( THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS TO CHRISTIAN GIRLS IN MIDDLE EAST).
    HOW WOULD YOU FEEL, IF THAT WAS YOUR SISTER, YOUR DAUGHTER, YOUR NIECE OR YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER? I have no issue with Assad using any means possible to slaughter Syrian rebel Muslim men! The West must assist him. Islam must be outlawed and eradicated!

    • Sonia Willats

      Ross. Radical Islam is certainly a crazed and loveless political force, made fanatic by a concept of G-d that is very different to our own. It needs to be recognized as being lethal, YES.

      BUT the use of chemical weapons is utterly wicked in anybody’s hands. One wicked crime does not justify another.

      The poor innocents in Syria, trapped in between ruthless philosophies and regimes is the issue here, as well as Israel at threat on the borders.

  • Dennis Rogness

    Unless the use of sarin can be proven beyond any doubt the US needs to stay out of this mess. It will only lead to more blood of our children and loss of treasure. Let Syria sort out its own problems.

  • spk truth

    The world is more concerned with the nuclear weapons Israel has, who continues to terrorize the entire middle east with em. Let the IAEA in to see what you all have, and perhaps the middle east would calm down.

  • shmeelshiya

    Christiane Amanpour fights on the side of the bad guys. Not sort of, not sympathetic to, nothing equivocal or ambiguous about it; Amanpour is a ‘bought and paid’ for anti-Israel agent.

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