Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Tel Aviv will “have to act” to prevent a possible transfer of chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Netanyahu said the need for an intervention may arise in case of the collapse of the Syrian government.
“So I think that this is something we’ll have to act to stop if the need arises. And the need might arise if there’s a regime collapse,” the Israeli premier said.
He made the comments a few days after Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Ehud Barak made similar remarks.
Barak said that “the moment (Syrian President Bashar al-Assad) starts to fall we will conduct intelligence monitoring and will liaise with other agencies.”
“Israel cannot accept a situation where advanced weapons systems are transferred from Syria to Lebanon,” he said.
This is while Israel has intensified its military buildup in the occupied Golan Heights near the Syrian border.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.
Damascus also says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country.