Israeli Prime Ministersuspects that Syria’s biological and chemical weapons may land in the hands of Lebanon-based terrorist group and subsequently may get transferred to al-Qaeda. He believes there will be a serious threat to the security and stability of Israel if the terrorist groups succeed in obtaining the lethal weapons. He has also warned Syria of a military attack on the storage sites of these weapons and convoys transporting the lethal weapons from Syria to Lebanon if Syrian regime fails to assure the world powers that the biological and chemical weapons of the country are safe and secure.
Why is Benjamin Netanyahu afraid of Syria’s lethal biological weapons? How do these weapons pose a serious threat to the security and stability of Israel? Since Syria has been undergoing an internal turmoil for the last 17 months, Israeli officials suspect that the weapons may land in the hands of terrorists. If Hezbollah or any other terrorist group succeeds in obtaining the toxic weapons from Syria, they could use them against Israel. It may be pertinent to mention here that Hezbollah has been declared a terrorist organization not only by the United States, but also by the United Nations.
There is no doubt that Lebanon-based Hezbollah is funded and supported by Iran. So, Israeli authorities fear that Iran may use Hezbollah against Israel as tensions between both the countries are at the peak over the controversial nuclear program of Iran. There have been reports about Israel pushing the United States for a military solution of the Iranian nuclear program, while the US wants to resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiations. The fear of Israel is legitimate and the world powers should also look into it. Israel has rightly asked Syrian authorities to ensure a fool proof security of the chemical and biological weapons.
On the other hand, Israel is ill-prepared to face any threats that emerge based on the weapons. Israeli authorities have taken some protective measures to shield the people from any possible attack of biological and chemical weapons, but these steps are being termed insufficient. In a recent post on the internet, the Israel Post claimed that around 4.2 million citizens had equipped themselves with the protective kits, so only few are left to be equipped with the protective masks. If these statistics are accepted as true, even then around 47 percent of the population is still left to be equipped with the protective masks.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) says that the real hurdle to providing the protective gears to the masses is the production capacity and budget allocated for the purpose. They say that another NIS 1.3 billion are required to provide each citizen with a gas mask. We hope Israeli authorities pay special heed to the matter and take necessary steps to ensure security of life and property of their citizens.