Syrian military actions could prompt Israeli military plans

Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, may consider a preemptive military strike against multiple chemical weapons storage depots and missile sites in Syria to prevent the country from transferring the arsenal to terrorists.

The strike would be meant to prevent Bashar al Assad, Syria's president, from transferring the weapons to Hezbollah or the Iranian Revolutionary Guards if the regime appears to be on the verge of collapse. As many as 10,000 European and Middle Eastern soldiers have been put on alert to secure the chemical weapons if the current regime falls, the Jewish Press reports.

Reports surfaced this week that pro-Assad government troops tested blank chemical weapons canisters through missile systems, jet fighters and tanks in summer field tests supervised by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, according to the Times of London.

A defecting Syrian general said that the regime has discussed the transfer of chemical weapons and their delivery systems to Hezbollah if Assad is forced to flee, the Times of London reports.

In the last few months, the Israeli Defense Force has strengthened Israel's border fence along the Syrian border. Benny Gantz, IDF's chief of staff, recently ordered a surprise live fire drill along the border with Syria and across sections of the Golan Heights during the heightened tensions with Iran and Syria, according to the Jewish Press.