March 20th, 2013
11:28 AM ET

Official: Israel believes chemical weapons used in Syria

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni says "it is clear for us here in Israel" that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, and an international response to the crisis should be "on the table in the discussions between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama" during the president's trip to Israel.

When pressed during an interview in her Tel Aviv home, Livni wouldn't say whether there is evidence that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has directed the use of any chemical weapons.

But she said this development poses a direct threat to Israel, which shares a border with Syria. Livni told CNN that "the appearance is that it's not going to be only in Syria, but that Hezbollah can reach all these chemical weapons and use them against Israel in the future."

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  1. saywhat

    "US doubts use of chemical weapons in Syria".

    March 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Quoted from where, saywhat? The reports I've seen state the US officials are "highly skeptical" that the opposition have used chemical weapons. They have expressed no such skepticism about Assad's troops using them.

      March 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    POTUS under siege in Israel & the declared intention of the regime to "pressure" him into attacking Syria.

    March 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    Anti Israel comments post. Anti Assad comments do not.

    March 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    For us Americans what serves our interests should take priority @ BOMBO.

    March 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    No more wars, bruising ourselves for others.

    March 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |