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Israeli defense experts doubt US will intervene in Syria

Jerusalem Post [1]
August 23, 2013

Despite pressure on US President Barack Obama to intervene in Syria following the reported large-scale chemical attack, an American military response remains unlikely, Israeli defense experts told The Jerusalem Post Thursday.

“It is not the first use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime and I doubt very much whether the US and the UN will effectively do anything this time,” said Prof. Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin- Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University.

“In the end the loser in the civil war will be the side that is more sensitive to cost,” he added.

“A chemical attack on Israel is a different story, as Israel is expected to retaliate heavily in order to restore deterrence,” Inbar added, explaining why the risk to Israel is limited.

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