“Israel will do everything it takes to ensure Syria’s chemical weapons do not fall into the hands of terrorist organizations — and if such a situation arises, then Israel will weigh a military option,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a group of European ambassadors in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Netanyahu noted that Syrian President Bashar Assad had the assistance of Iran and Hizbullah during his 19 month crackdown on opposition which has caused the deaths of approximately 33,000 people.

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The prime minister also noted that Iran and Hezbollah have assisted Syrian President Bashar Assad in his 19-month crackdown against opposition groups.

Concerns are rising that Islamic fundamentalist groups may take control of Syria’s large stockpile of biological and chemical weapons in the event of Assad’s fall.

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Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.