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Israel’s security cabinet meets on Syria

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April 29, 2013 | 7:40 am

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 28. Photo by REUTERS/Sebastian Scheiner/Pool

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 28. Photo by REUTERS/Sebastian Scheiner/Pool

Israel's security cabinet met to discuss the situation in Syria.

Sunday evening's meeting was the first discussion by senior government ministers about the situation in Syria, and the first meeting on the subject since the new government was sworn in.

The meeting discussed formulating Israel's policy regarding the civil war and possibility of chemical weapons in Syria, Haaretz reported, citing an unnamed senior Israeli official.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked the government ministers not to make any public statements on Syria.

Less than a day after the security cabinet meeting, a bomb attack targeted Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki on Monday morning in Damascus.

The prime minister survived the attack on his convoy, in which six people were killed. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, Yuval Steinitz, Israel's minister of strategic and intelligence affairs and international relations, said Sunday at the Jerusalem Post conference in New York, that  Israel is not pressing the United States to take military action against Syria,  despite Israeli intelligence information that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against rebels and civilians.

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