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  • Israel did not warn U.S. on Syria attacks, U.S. official says

    May 6, 2013 | 7:19 am

    Israel did not provide advance warning to the United States on its alleged Israeli airstrikes on Syria, a U.S. intelligence official said.

    The unnamed official said the United States was told of the attacks as they were in progress, Reuters reported Monday.

    The Israel Defense...

  • 7 Quick Comments on Israel’s Syria Bombings

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 5, 2013 | 5:10 am

    1.

    There should be no surprise. For 65 years, Israel has claimed that preemption is not an option but rather a necessity in this region– has claimed and has acted upon it when circumstances have made it feasible. For a country whose margin of error is relatively small, waiting...

  • May 3, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 3, 2013 | 3:23 am

    The US

    Headline: Hagel Confirms U.S. Is Considering Arming Syrian Rebels

    To Read: Aaron David Miller examines the challenges facing Obama at home and abroad through the prism of one of his (Obama's) favorite philosophers, Reinold Niebuhr-

    The good news is that Obama has...

  • Over the line

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 1, 2013 | 1:32 pm

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  • Obama: ‘Chain of custody’ needed for Syria action

    April 30, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    President Obama said he needs to have all the facts on who used chemical weapons in Syria before taking further action.

    "What we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of Syria, but we don't know how they were used, when they were used, who used them,"...

  • Thinking Methodically About Syria, Red Lines and Chemicals

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 29, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    Amid all the talk about “red lines” and “chemicals” one might get a little confused about both the facts and the conclusions that should be drawn. The following is a quick and incomplete guide with which to follow the debate:

    Chemical weapons, yes or no:

    Yes, there was...

  • Israel’s security cabinet meets on Syria

    April 29, 2013 | 7:40 am

    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...

  • White House: Evidence Syria used chemical arms not ‘airtight’

    April 26, 2013 | 9:38 am

    The White House said on Friday it was continuing to study evidence that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons and would not set a timetable for corroborating reports.

    "I'm not going to set a timeline, because the facts need to be what drives this investigation, not a...

  • White House: U.S. intelligence community believes Syria used chemical weapons

    April 26, 2013 | 7:38 am

    The U.S. intelligence community believes Syria used chemical weapons on anti-government rebels.

    The White House on Thursday informed Congress that intelligence shows that Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered government troops to use sarin gas against the rebels.

    "Our...

  • April 26, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2013 | 3:26 am

    Headline: Defense Secretary Hagel Says Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons

    To Read: Michael Gerson gives his personal recollections of the former President whose Presidential Library dedication took place yesterday:

    For years, I saw Bush through the small but revealing aperture...

  • U.S. believes Syria used chemical weapons but says facts needed

    April 25, 2013 | 11:21 am

    U.S. intelligence agencies believe Syria's government has likely used chemical weapons on a small scale, the White House said on Thursday, but added that President Barack Obama needed "credible and corroborated" facts before acting on that assessment.

    The disclosure of the...

  • Israeli intelligence: Syria used chemical weapons

    April 23, 2013 | 8:04 am

    Syrian forces have used chemical weapons against rebel forces and civilians, the head of Israel's military research said.

    The weapon likely is sarin-based, which targets the nervous system and can cause paralysis or death, Brig. Gen Itai Baron, the head of the Israel Defense...

  • April 12, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 12, 2013 | 3:35 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. senators push for military aid for Syrian rebels

    To Read:  Three top veteran diplomats claim that professional diplomacy in the US is being marginalized:

    American diplomacy is facing a crisis. The professional career service that is intended to be the...

  • Israeli general: Israel could withstand Syrian chemical weapons

    March 29, 2013 | 5:12 am

    Israel could withstand any attack involving Syrian chemical weapons, an Israeli general said on Friday, adding it was improbable that Damascus would order such a strike.

    The fate of Syria's reputed chemical arsenal is a focus of international concern. Israel has threatened to go...

  • U.N. hopes chemical arms team deploys to Syria soon

    March 27, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    The United Nations hopes that a team investigating allegations about the use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war will deploy to the country as early as next week, U.N. diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday named Swedish scientist...

  • Alleged chemical attack kills 25 in northern Syria

    March 19, 2013 | 4:25 pm

    Syria's government and rebels accused each other of launching a deadly chemical attack near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday in what would, if confirmed, be the first use of such weapons in the two-year conflict.

    U.S. President Barack Obama, who has resisted overt military...

  • Obama’s planned visit to Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 5, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    As you’ve probably heard, President Obama will visit Israel next month, his first time as president. And for those people still upset with him for not visiting during his first term, here’s the good news: Obama’s visit is still much earlier in his second term than when George W....

  • Clinton warns Russia, Iran of Syria conflict spreading

    February 1, 2013 | 10:45 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Iran and Russia on Thursday to rethink their support for Syria, saying the most dire scenarios of the conflict spilling beyond its borders could come to pass.

    Clinton told reporters there are signs Iran is sending more people and...

  • Syria warns of ‘surprise’ response to Israel attack

    January 31, 2013 | 7:46 am

    Syria warned on Thursday of a possible "surprise" response to Israel's attack on its territory and Russia condemned the air strike as an unprovoked violation of international law.

    Damascus could take "a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes",...

  • Israel said to have attacked Syrian weapons transport

    January 30, 2013 | 9:50 am

    Israeli planes reportedly struck a Syrian weapons transport on the Lebanese border amid increasing fears that the country’s chemical weapons stockpile could fall into the hands of Hezbollah.

    The strikes, which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning, were reported to...

  • Report: Israel attacks target in Syria

    January 30, 2013 | 8:39 am

    Israel reportedly attacked a target inside Syria.

    The report of the attack on a site near the Syrian border with Lebanon came Wednesday afternoon, hours after reports came out of Lebanon that Israel had flown several sorties over its territory on Tuesday night and early Wednesday...

  • Israel worried about fate of Syria’s conventional arsenal

    January 29, 2013 | 9:53 am

    Syria's advanced conventional weapons would represent as much of a threat to Israel as its chemical arms, should they fall into the hands of Syrian rebel forces or Hezbollah guerrillas, Israeli sources said on Tuesday.

    Such concerns suggest that Israel, which has signaled...

  • Netanyahu talks Syria, Iran with congressional delegation

    January 25, 2013 | 10:20 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with a U.S. congressional delegation and discussed the prospect of an Iran with a nuclear weapon and the dangers posed by chemical weapons in Syria.

    Netanyahu met Friday with the bipartisan delegation, helmed by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Netanyahu's office said. It did not say who else was in the delegation.

    The fate of Syria's chemical weapons during the current turmoil in that country has concerned Israeli and U.S. leaders.

  • U.S. says it has no reason to believe Syria used chemical weapons

    January 16, 2013 | 4:03 pm

    The United States has no reason to believe Syria has used chemical weapons during its 22-month conflict with rebels seeking to end the Assad family's rule, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

    Asked if the United States had any reason to believe that Syrian President...

  • Syrian rebels battle army near Damascus

    December 11, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Syrian rebels clashed with forces loyal to President Bashar Assad near Damascus airport on Tuesday, battling for the capital's outskirts after 20 months of conflict which the United Nations said has driven half a million people from the country.

    Fighting near the airport, 12...

  • Is Syria bluffing on chemical weapons?

    December 6, 2012 | 10:20 am

    As rebel forces move closer to Damascus, there are reports of activity in Syrian chemical weapons sites, raising fears in the region that Syria could use those chemical weapons. NBC News reported that the Syrian army has loaded bombs with precursors of Sarin nerve gas which could...

  • Assad kept chemical weapons out of hands of extremists, Moshe Yaalon says

    December 5, 2012 | 4:30 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad responded to past warnings about the security of chemical weapons by taking steps to keep them out of the hands of militants, Israel's vice prime minister Moshe Yaalon said on Wednesday.

    Yaalon joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in making clear...

  • Clinton: U.S. will take action should Syria use chemical weapons

    December 3, 2012 | 9:30 am

    The United States is planning action should the Syrian regime use its chemical weapons, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

    "I'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using...

  • U.S., Israel, Jewish groups apprehensive about Iran-hosted non-aligned summit

    August 23, 2012 | 10:15 am

    As Iran gets set to host the Non-Aligned Movement triennial summit, Israel, the United States and a number of Jewish groups are worried that what happens in Tehran won’t stay there.

    The decision Wednesday by Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. Secretary General, to attend the 16th triennial...

  • Obama warns Syria’s Assad chemical weapons a ‘red line’

    August 20, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    President Barack Obama bluntly warned Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday not to cross a “red line” by using chemical or biological weapons in his country’s bloody conflict and suggested that such action would prompt the United States to consider a military response.

    Pointing...

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