Israel ‘Can Deal With Syrian Chemical Threat’

Israel ‘Can Deal With Syrian Chemical Threat’ – Defense/Security – News – Israel National News.

As Syria raises the stakes over its chemical weapons, an Israeli expert says measures are being taken to minimize the threat.
By Chana Ya’ar

First Publish: 12/6/2012, 3:16 PM
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As the Syria raises the stakes over its chemical weapons, an Israeli military intelligence expert says measures are being taken to minimize the threat.

Lt. Col. (res.) Mordechai Kedar, a lecturer at Bar Ilan University and a 25-year veteran of military intelligence says actions are quietly being taken to deal with the potential threat posed by Syria’s chemical arsenal.

The U.S. said earlier this week that its intelligence had detected Syrian technicians had mixed precursor chemicals for the deadly nerve gas called sarin. The process took place at two storage sites, according to at least one report, and sources said the chemical may have been loaded into aerial bombs or artillery shells.

If the nerve gas is loaded into aerial bombs, and if the bombs make it on to planes and are fired, what happens if they are intercepted and explode in mid-air either by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, or by Patriot missiles?

Kedar told Arutz Sheva in an exclusive interview Thursday afternoon that if the gas is in an aerial bomb, it is “very easy to deal with. The Air Force knows very well how to deal with such things. An aerial bomb is a traditional weapon,” he said, even when it is carrying a payload of sarin. “Missiles are much faster,” he added, “but still they too can be dealt with.”

The aerial chemical weapons threat, however, is one reason Turkey has turned to NATO for assistance, Kedar said. “This is why Turkey is deploying Patriots along the border with Syria,” he pointed out.

If an aerial bomb bearing a payload of sarin explodes in mid-air, Kedar said, “it is much less dangerous than if it blows up on your head. Sarin needs to be within a certain range, and at a certain concentration, in order to be effective.”

Among other effects, sarin causes burns and blindness.

Kedar added that although the U.S.-based NBC News network had reported the nerve gas had been loaded into the bombs, “I do believe that military intelligence organizations know more about what is going on, and take measures to secure things in an appropriate manner.”

The intelligence veteran said that behind the scenes, “things are being done” and that it is “good that professional people are dealing with this. They have all the information and are taking decisions in accordance with the changing situation.”

In response to a fierce warning from the American government, Syria’s foreign ministry issued a statement on Monday saying it would not use such weapons against its own people. It was the second statement of its kind to be made in less than six months; Syria had broadcast a similar assurance in July.

However, by nightfall, the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Jihad al-Makdissi, had fled the country, allegedly first to Beirut and from there to London, where the rest of his family allegedly had preceded him. According to Beirut-based Al-Manar television, linked to the Iranian-backed Hizbullah terrorist organization, Makdissi had been sacked by President Bashar al-Assad for making inaccurate statements that implied – or revealed – the presence of chemical weapons in Syria in the first place.

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15 Comments on “Israel ‘Can Deal With Syrian Chemical Threat’”

  1. Syrian rebel video, unverified:

  2. Luis Says:

    This video is an an abomination and from our point of view, it was preferable that a couple of Al Qaeda braves should be in that glass cage and not those poor rabbits. The real solution for such beasts is to nuke’ em all. Sorry for getting suddenly so personal, but i love rabbits very much.

  3. Louisiana Steve Says:

    Rabbits definitely make better neighbors. Living on the edge of a swamp with plenty of rabbits, I never had one threaten to harm me or my family.

  4. artaxes Says:

    And now ladies and gentlemen, it’s quiz time:

    What will Assad do?

    a) He uses his chemicals against the Syrians and ends up being killed by NATO-Bombs.

    b) He uses his chemicals against Israel and ends up being killed by Israeli bombs.

    c) He does not use chemicals and ends up like Qaddafi, becoming the butt of jokes with the butt of a rifle looking out of his butt.

    d) He does not use chemicals and becomes the butt of jokes but living in a nice Russian dadscha

    e) None of the above. Fill in your answer.

  5. Syrian rebels seize El Saphira near big chemical weapons store

    • DEBKAfile’s military sources report that, after three days of fierce fighting, Syrian rebel units Thursday seized control of the small southwestern Syrian town of El Saphira, just 3 kilometers from the Syrian army’s largest chemical weapons store. Our sources disclose that this base holds Scud D missiles armed with chemical warheads which are pointed towards Israel.

    • artaxes Says:

      Holy cow.
      Maybe you are right. I really hope you are not.
      According to debka they are 3KM away from the chemicals and the SCUD missiles pointed towards Israel.
      Maybe things will develop now really fast and either NATO or Israel intervene to secure the site.
      I don’t want to even think about chemical weapons in the hand of these jihadi animals.

    • According to information available from Syrian sources indicate that the armed opponents to the regime accompanied by global jihadists who gained control of parts of the town a count, which is less than 3 km from the Syrian chemical weapons, the battles that took place there last month and the last few days. Facility houses long-range missiles, including Scud missiles that threaten Israel.

      Among opponents of the regime fighters in the area are members of the “Al-Nasara front” radical faction of the global jihad with al Qaeda operating in Syria.

  6. Louisiana Steve Says:

    This kind of thing could very well play out in Pakistan, home to the ‘Nukes for Allah’ arsenal.

  7. The US may soon name the Syrian rebel al-Nusra Front, one of the strongest among the opposition, a foreign terrorist group. The designation is likely to complicate the opposition’s fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  8. Report: Israel threatens to cancel Hamas truce if Islamic Jihad leaders enter Gaza

  9. I was told that the Muslim Brotherhood HQ is on fire, but it seems the White House is fine.

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