Israeli-US intelligence and defense ties have reached new heights due to the uprising in Syria and fears the country’s chemical weapons will fall into terrorist hands, defense officials said on Sunday.

The officials denied reports that Israel was under pressure from Washington to refrain from taking unilateral steps – such as military action – to destroy Damascus’s chemical weapons.

“We are working very closely together and there is very close coordination,” one official said, adding that the situation in Syria was at the heart of talks with administration officials, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in an interview with the Fox News Sunday program, said his concern in regard to Syria was less about who would replace President Bashar Assad, and more about what could happen to the country’s stockpile of chemical weapons in the chaotic “seamline” when there was no government in control.

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