It is reminiscent of the excuse given to invade Iraq in 2003 – Israel will consider the “military option” in Syria to make sure its chemical weapons do not “reach the hands of extremists,” according to the Times of Israel.
“Israel will do everything it takes to ensure Syria’s chemical weapons do not fall into the hands of terrorist organizations – and if such a situation arises, then Israel will weigh a military option,” Netanyahu told a group of European ambassadors in Jerusalem. He said Hezbollah has aided Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
In August, rebels supported by the CIA and MI6 and funded by Saudi Arabia and Qatar said they had seized Syrian weapons “that were converted to carry non-conventional warheads and which can be equipped with chemical or biological warheads.”
The Supreme Military Council of the Syrian rebels called on Arab countries and the international community to immediately intervene in order to protect the lives of the Syrian people “before the regime moves to a new level of crimes, which will have tragic consequences for the entire region.”
Syria admits possessing chemical weapons and al-Assad has said he will only use them if his country is invaded. “All of the stocks of these weapons that the Syrian Arab Republic posses are monitored and guarded by the Syrian army,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said in July. “These weapons are meant to be used only and strictly in the event of external aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic.”
Despite al-Assad’s admission, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said the United States is using chemical weapons as an excuse to invade the country.