Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Tel Aviv is getting ready for the fall of the Syrian government.
Netanyahu said on Sunday, “We are cooperating with the United States and together with the international community taking the necessary steps to prepare ourselves for the possibilities of far-reaching regime changes, with consequences for the sensitive weapons systems that are there.”
Over recent weeks, Israeli officials have tried bring, what they call, Syria’s chemical weapons into focus, and depict the alleged weaponry as a very sensitive case for the international community and not only for Israel.
Syria has rejected the Western claims that Damascus has plans to use chemical weapons against militants, adding that the government is concerned that certain countries may deliver such weapons to terrorists.
On December 17, Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Bashar Ja’afari said in letters to the UN Security Council and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that foreign-backed militants could use chemical weapons against Syrians and shift the blame to the government.
Damascus is “genuinely worried” that Syria’s enemies could provide chemical weapons to armed groups “and then claim they had been used by the Syrian government,” he said.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of Army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of militants are foreign nationals.
Several international human rights organizations have accused foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes.