Israel: Syrian chemical weapon threat not immediate

The head of Israel's Defense Ministry Diplomatic-Security Bureau said on Sunday that Syria's chemical weapons remain under the control of President Bashar al-Assad and there is no immediate threat.

Israel and NATO countries say that Syria possesses stocks of various chemical weapons at four sites, though the embattled nation refuses to confirm the presence of the weapons, Israel Hayom reports.

"As far as my assessment goes, the weapons are still secure and have not been moved, but we need to monitor this at every moment," Amos Gilad, the head of the bureau, said, according to Israel Hayom. "Israel needs to monitor it, and it has been doing so."

Israel has said that it would intervene to stop terrorists or jihadi rebels from seizing Assad's chemical weapons.

Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S. said that if terrorist groups like Hezbollah obtained chemical weapons, it would be a game-changer.

"Were those weapons to pass into the wrong hands - Hezbollah's hands for example - that would be a game-changer for us," Oren said, according to Fox News. "We have a very clear red line about those chemical weapons passing into the wrong hands. Can you imagine if Hezbollah and its 70,000 rockets would get its hands on chemical weapons? That could kill thousands of people."

Some Israeli officials have voiced concerns that Assad could also use chemical weapons to attack Israel as part of a last stand to rally support from the Arab nations.