Netanyahu: Israel Has Right to Act on Syria Weapons

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning Israel will do what is necessary to prevent weapons from falling into the hands of Islamic extremists in Syria.

Rebel fighters there are seeking chemical weapons to help fight President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"The main arms of concern to us are the arms that are already in Syria - these are anti-aircraft weapons, these are chemical weapons and other very, very dangerous weapons that could be game changers," he said.

CBN News Mideast Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell shared his insights on the matter on Newswatch, April 18.

Netanyahu told the BBC the Jewish state fears those weapons will fall into the hands of al Qaeda or Hezbollah militants.

He warned that if that happens, "they will change the conditions, the balance of power in the Middle East. They could present a terrorist threat on a worldwide scale. It is definitely our interest to defend ourselves, but we also think it is in the interest of other countries" because the Middle East will fall into the hands of terrorists.

Netanyahu said Israel has, "the right to act to prevent that from happening."

When asked if Israel had plans to adopt an aggressive military stance in Syria, Netanyahu said: "We are not aggressive. We don't seek military confrontation, but we are prepared to defend ourselves if the need arises and I think people know that what I say is both measured and serious."

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