Israeli Diplomat: Transfer of Chemical Weapons from Syria to Hizbullah 'Red Line'


Israel's ambassador to the U.S. has warned that any possible transfer from the Syrian regime of chemical weapons to Hizbullah would be a "game-changer," and said that would be a "red line" for the Jewish state.

"Were those weapons to pass into the wrong hands -- Hizbullah's hands for example -- that would be a game-changer for us," Ambassador Michael Oren told Fox News Sunday.

The remark came after global concerns over Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles have grown after U.S. officials privately said that the regime had begun mixing precursor chemicals that could be used for the lethal nerve agent sarin.

Some media reports said the substance had been loaded into bombs for warplanes.

Oren said he could not confirm those reports but made clear that Israel is watching the situation "very carefully."

"We have a very clear red line about those chemical weapons passing into the wrong hands. Can you imagine if Hizbullah and its 70,000 rockets would get its hands on chemical weapons? That could kill thousands of people."

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said on Friday it would be an "outrageous crime" if the regime used chemical weapons against the revolt that erupted in March 2011 as peaceful demonstrations and then turned violent when Syrian troops cracked down on dissent.

Comments 21
Thumb cedar 10 December 2012, 08:38

Yeah, they should transfer the weapons to the Lebanese Army.

Thumb mckinl 10 December 2012, 09:28

Israel lives in fear because of their own lack of morality. They accuse others of what they have done or would do ...

Israel has used cluster bombs, phosphorous bombs and other illegal means in battle. Now they fear their own ruthless tactics against themselves.

Israel has no information in this regard and is lying once again to drive fear in their own country and abroad to justify their own paranoia.

Thumb thepatriot 10 December 2012, 10:27're mental FT! m14 this and m14 that...grow a brain, you're worse than karim-m1!

Thumb Elemental 10 December 2012, 10:36

Patriot, it's the only card he plays.

Thumb Elemental 10 December 2012, 11:00

Oh FT..assuming yet again.

Missing reformist 10 December 2012, 11:37

patriot be a skud ;)

Thumb Elemental 10 December 2012, 13:16

Oh FT, you STILL don't get it, maybe there are Lebanese who don't care about Israel, KSA or Iran. Like a pre-programmed robot, you won't go beyond your programming as predictable as you are. Oh and way to show everyone here how paranoid you are, screenshots lol, next the evil Israeli tooth fairy is gonna show up.

Thumb Bandoul 10 December 2012, 18:12

@FreeThrow, you're still the same pathological liar and hater of peace with your words of tekhwin and loathing for anyone who doesn't share your blind, misguided point of view and worship for your corrupt and pathetic leader of the Failed Political Movement, Mr. GMA. My IP address is, I am located in Houston, Texas, USA and I have a God given right to disagree with you, to dismiss you and your liar in chief GMA and support the STATE of ISRAEL yalleh de3sseh 3ala ra2btak wkil wa7ad nawreh mitlak. If I was an idiot like you I would have forwarded your statements of hate and threats of murder to M14 supporters to the Interior Ministry but unlike you, I have a brain and respect your right to free speech even if it really is hate speech. Go ---- yourself 8 ways from Sunday you creep. I eat people like you for breakfast and turn them into buffalo chips by lunch.

Missing reformist 10 December 2012, 10:21

FT : Am surprised they haven't commented yet on this article ;)
It's amazing how they talk about 'red lines' when they have no problem killing 100s of children and use non authorized weapons.
Then again this bring another question : are there authorized and unauthorized weapons? What an irony? It's like : you are allowed to kill... But in a classy fashion :)

Thumb Elemental 10 December 2012, 10:34

Hypocritical of Israel to begin with. As nasty as it would be having chemical weapons given to an Iranian militia, Israeli's with 400 nuclear warheads is pretty bad too.

Missing reformist 10 December 2012, 10:36

Well said elemental! It's all about hypocrisy!

Missing chouf5 10 December 2012, 10:38

What about the Chemical weapons the Jews have or they do not count .Screw the Jews..

Thumb JabalElFersan 10 December 2012, 10:47

This reminds me of the WMD's that the US claimed Sadam to have before they invaded Iraq... Chemical weapons should be used by the Lebanese in self defense against a Zionist enemy.

Thumb JabalElFersan 10 December 2012, 10:53

FT, yesalam temak!!

Thumb freelebanon 10 December 2012, 11:12

No worries. Syria wont give anyone anything without permission from their beloved golan heights tenant. Or maybe they will get the permission and than they can split lebanon in half with the isrealis again while we all stand by idly because were too busy picking sides to realize theyre the same evil

Missing reformist 10 December 2012, 12:45

waynoun chabebit el M14 no comments today ;)

Thumb shab 10 December 2012, 13:29

The filthy militia is a red line for the Lebanese

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 10 December 2012, 18:36

"Can you imagine if Hizbullah and its 70,000 rockets would get its hands on chemical weapons? That could kill thousands of people."
I hate hypocrites- Where were those concerns about human lives when they were bombing Lebanon and killing civilians? where were those concerns when they were killing hamas leaders and anyone else within proximity of them which included women and children?
Also, before I get the m8 bandwagon on here- Hizb TZ is no better. They placed bombs in their own country to kill off their opposition and murdered many inocent lives in the process. two sides of the same coin as far as I concerned.

Missing peace 10 December 2012, 22:32

why would syria transfer to hezbollah and not to the state of lebanon? aren t there so-called cooperation deals between syria and lebanon?
or is hezbollah now the state of lebanon?

Thumb LebDinosaur 11 December 2012, 02:13

Let me ask this question. What if suddenly, tomorrow, Israel declared unconditional peace with Lebanon? Then, what role do Hezb arms have? None! Then what? That's the end-game, not a war, and not 25 more years of back and forth rhetoric and threats. That will lead us no where.

Let's make peace now. The Palestinians are close to doing that themselves. IF there is peace with Israel, that will weaken Israel on relative terms, and it will be the start of strengthening all neighboring countries economically. The battle will be economic, not military. We can win an economic battle, but not a military one.

Default-user-icon Albert Salmi (Guest) 11 December 2012, 03:41

All fools! IDF will decide the fate of the this situation.