The United States and Israel are cooperating very closely on all issues,
including the developing matters in Syria, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu said Monday in a meeting with US congressmen visiting Israel.
"I think this is very important for stability in the region," the prime minister added, emphasizing his appreciation to the United States.
Netanyahu's comments came as National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror traveled to Russia to discuss the Syrian crisis, Army Radio reported.
According to the report, Amidror plans to discuss the issue of Syrian chemical weapons with officials in the country.
fighting and instability in Syria and the uncertainty over the security
of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal has been a cause of ongoing concern
for Israel's decision makers.
Strategic Affairs Minister and
Vice Premier, Moshe Ya'alon, speaking to Army Radio on the
prospect of the leaking of chemical weapons from the Syrian army to
terrorist groups such as Hezbollah said: "The situation in unstable and
is becoming less stable from day to day. The worry stems from the fact
that Syria possesses chemical weapons. We can wake up in the morning and
see that everything has changed there." Ya'alon denied that Israel
intends to intervene militarily in Syria. "As long as Israel is not
threatened, we will not intervene in Syria," he said.
sign of Syria's grip on its suspected chemical weapons slipping as it
battles an armed uprising could trigger Israeli military strikes,
Israel's vice premier, Silvan Shalom, said on Sunday.
confirmed a media report that Netanyahu had last
week convened security chiefs to discuss the civil war in nearby Syria
and the state of the country's chemical arsenal.
held on Wednesday, had not been publicly announced and was seen as
especially unusual as it came while votes were still being counted from
Israel's national election the day before, which Netanyahu's party list
Should Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas or rebels
battling forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad obtain Syrian
chemical weapons, Shalom told Israel's Army Radio, "it would
dramatically change the capabilities of those organizations."
a development would be "a crossing of all red lines that would require a
different approach, including even preventive operations," he said -
alluding to military intervention, for which Israeli generals have said
plans have been readied.
"The concept, in principle, is that this
(chemical weapons transfer) must not happen," Shalom said. "The moment
we begin to understand that such a thing is liable to happen, we will
have to make decisions."