Obama reiterates stance on Syrian chemical weapons while in Israel

U.S. President Barack Obama recently reiterated his stance that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian military would directly affect American involvement in the country's two-year-old civil war.

Obama made the comments while conducting a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He said he would not discuss any next steps until any claims were proven, according to BigNewsNetwork.com.

"Once we establish the facts I have made clear that the use of chemical weapons is a game changer," Obama said, BigNewsNetwork.com reports. "When you start seeing weapons that can cause potential devastation and mass casualties and you let that genie out of the bottle, then you are looking potentially at even more horrific scenes than we've already seen in Syria. And the international community has to act on that additional information."

The White House has been hesitant to involve the United States militarily in the Syrian conflict, but has said it would intervene to stop the Assad regime from using chemical or biological weapons, or to stop it from transferring them to extremists.

Obama said the United States knows that the Syrian government has the capacity to carry out chemical attacks and some high-ranking government officials have expressed a willingness to do so.