Syrian chemical weapons

‘The Next Month Is Crucial’

Israeli experts weigh what Syria disarmament effort means for the region.

09/17/2013
Israel Correspondent
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Tel Aviv — For years, Israel has sounded the alarm about the misuse of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile amid the civil war. The new U.S.-Russian initiative to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons is a mixed bag for the Jewish state.

On the one hand, if the initiative is implemented in full, it would remove one of the Middle East’s largest caches of non-conventional weapons — a longtime strategic threat to Israel that sent residents here scurrying to get gas masks just a few weeks ago in case of war.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry came to terms on Syria. Getty Images

Netanyahu Denies Urging Kerry To Reach Deal On Syria

09/16/2013
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JERUSALEM — The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office is denying a report that Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to talk to Russia about a deal to destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons.

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