PM discusses Israel-US cooperation on Syria with lawmakers

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January 8, 2013 21:50

In recent days Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has discussed with visiting US legislators Israeli-US intelligence cooperation regarding Syria's chemical weapons, including images Israel passed on to the Pentagon apparently showing Syrian troops mixing chemicals and filling dozens of bombs with them, government officials said Tuesday.

Netanyahu met with Democratic Florida Senator Bill Nelson on Tuesday, Kentucky Republican senator Rand Paul on Monday, as well as a delegation on the same day of seven visiting Republican congressman, led by California's Darrell Issa.

The New York Times on Tuesday reported that in late November, Israel's top military commanders discussed with the Pentagon satellite imagery showing what appeared to be Syrian troops mixing chemicals – probably the nerve gas sarin – at two storage sites and filling dozens of 500-pound bombs.

According to the report, this resulted in a "remarkable show of international cooperation" that included a public warning by US President Barack Obama, and sharp private messages to Syrian leaders through Russia, Iraq, Turkey and possibly Jordan that stopped the chemical mixing and bomb preparation.


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