Prosor: Assad tested red line on chemical weapons

January 24, 2013 15:31


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UNITED NATIONS -- Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor said Wednesday that Israel believes Assad has tested the red line set out by US President Barack Obama and Western allies on the use of chemical weapons against his own people.

"I think he has tested it, but I think he's got the message," Prosor told The Jerusalem Post.Prosor was reacting to a Foreign Policy report citing an internal US State Department cable that seemed to confirm the testing of chemical weapons in the field on December 23 of last year. The State Department doused the report shortly after its release.

"The world’s most dangerous weapons are moving within reach of our region’s most dangerous actors," Prosor said in his prepared remarks. "We face the frightening possibility that Assad’s vast stockpiles of chemical weapons could fall into the hands of Hezbollah or al-Qaida."

"If Mali is on France's doorstep, Gaza is in Israel's living room," Prosor added, highlighting the threat of terrorism to Israel on multiple borders.

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