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Assessment in Israel

  • By : Brian Bush
  • September 17, 2013
  • 5:10 pm

Hi All,

In reviewing today's media, further positives have flowed on the proposal to rid Syria of it's Chemical arsenal.

The assessment in Israel is that the international community disarming Syria of its non-conventional weapons would be a great achievement.

The media is paying a lot of attention to the fact that the threat of US military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has brought results.

People here are optimistic that Iran, having seen the threat of an attack on Syria, may help lead to results in calming down the nuclear crisis with Israel and the West.

The critics are less optimistic saying that America's actions politically and diplomatically send signals of weakness that will only serve to encourage Iran to continue with its nuclear program.

But by and large the agreement between Russia and the US is viewed as good news for Israel.

One of the main threats to Israel is going to be potentially removed. Of course no one will be able to know for sure that every last bit of chemical weapons will be accounted for. There is no doubt that the conditions inside Syria will make it very difficult to ensure inspectors' safety – something that could go on for years.

But even if dismantling Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons doesn't take place as planned, from Israel's point-of-view, this all is still positive progress. Hundreds of tons of potential chemicals can be seized – and that means a direct threat is removed – not matter how long it takes.

US Secretary of State John Kerry spent a few hours in Jerusalem a couple of days ago updating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the details of the agreement, and he seems to be on-board.

But Netanyahu is also upping the public pressure on Iran, trying to unify the world powers to act in similar fashion towards Tehran – backing their words up with a tangible threat of military action.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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