Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday addressed raised concerns that Syrian President Bashsar Assad could be preparing to use chemical weapons in his fight to survive against opposition forces, stating that Israel was monitoring the situation closely.
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Israel has said on several occasions in the past that it would take military action if necessary to prevent Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons from falling into the hands of Hezbollah or other terror groups.
After US President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned Assad against using chemical weapons on Monday and Tuesday respectively, Netanyahu said Tuesday, "We are monitoring closely, along with the international community, the events in Syria with regard to the chemical weapons stockpiles."
Netanyahu said that he "heard the important statement made by President Obama on this matter and I agree, these weapons cannot be used or transferred to terrorist organizations. "