Yair Naveh, the deputy military chief of the Israeli Defense Force, announced on Sunday that Syria had one of the biggest chemical weapons stockpiles worldwide and could use the weapons to attack Israel.
Naveh expressed concern that the attack could come to divert the attention of the world from the Assad regime’s killing of Syrian citizens. The military official said that if the regime had the opportunity it would harm Israeli civilians as well, Associated Press reports.
Naveh said that if the Assad regime fell apart, the weapons could be obtained by hostile rebel forces. Terrorist groups inside Syria may have gained access to chemical weapons already, Fars News Agency reports. The Iran-state sponsored news source claims that the rebels plan to use the weapons on the Syrian people and place the blame on the Syrian army.
Ayoob Kara, a Druze Knesset member, said that he has seen several videos showing chemical weapon use in Syria. Analysts with DebkaFile think that the international community will likely intervene in Syria if either side of the conflict proves to be using chemical weapons, Arutz Sheva reports.
Israeli officials have called on the international community to intervene in the conflict and to hold Syria’s allies accountable for their connection to the killing of innocents.