IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz on Monday questioned Russia's support of Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is fighting an uprising against his regime.
"Strangely, there's a Russian support in the Assad regime that is not insignificant," the chief of staff said.
Speaking at the iNSS convention at Tel Aviv University, Gantz expressed concern with Syria's weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of Assad's allies, Hezbollah.
"This is a grave situation because it means strategic weapons that could move to an unstable area," he said and stressed that the IDF has preparing for such a scenario for over a year.
Gantz also expressed concern over Hezbollah's military capabilities in Lebanon. "This is the only sub-state organization that has abilities that states don't have," he said.