Despite the ongoing upheaval in Syria, President Bashar Assad is still in
control of Syria's advanced weaponry, including its chemical weapons arsenal,
Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh said on Tuesday.
missile, rocket and chemical capabilities are remarkably still under control by
the current regime," Naveh said at the 2012 Conference on Air and Land Jointness
in Zichron Ya'acov.
He revealed that Syria has spent $3 billion in recent
years on advanced Russian surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems such as the
SA-15, SA-17 and SA-22.
"These have already been transferred to the
Syrians and may one day be transferred from Syria to Hezbollah," Naveh said.
"The existence of these systems creates a reality in which the Israel Air Force
will need several hours to first deal with the air defense systems before
turning to other missions." The proliferation of these system needs to concern
not just Israel, but also the entire world, Naveh said.