IDF brass warns of Syria’s chemical weapon threat / Terrorists could get ahold of WMDs if rebels capture Assad arsenals, deputy chief of staff says (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By ILAN BEN ZION 06/11/12)
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Bashar Assad’s chemical weapon stockpile could fall into the hands of
Syrian rebels, which would threaten Israeli national security, Deputy
Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh warned Sunday.
“Syria’s chemical arsenal is the world’s largest, and it possesses
missiles that can target the entirety of Israel’s territory,” Naveh
said at a memorial event in Jerusalem honoring soldiers who fell in
the Lebanon War.
The IDF “must not lose vigilance,” he said, lest such weapons fall
into the hands of terrorist organizations operating in Syria, such as
al-Qaeda or Hezbollah.
Naveh’s statements regarding chemical weapons and missiles came
shortly after Syrian rebels reportedly commandeered a Syrian air
force base near the city of Homs and took possession of a number of
surface-to-air missile batteries.
The deputy chief of staff cautioned that the brutality displayed in
Syria by the Assad regime against its own citizens could easily be
directed towards Israel. ”What the Syrians are doing to their people,
they would do to us if they had a chance,” he said.
Naveh also noted Iran’s close ties with Syria and Hezbollah, saying
that they ”are accomplices of Iran, who stands behind them.”
Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also described
the situation in Syria as “a massacre of civilians, including of
children and the elderly, being carried out by the Syrian government
with the backing of Iran and Hezbollah.” (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
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