September 15, 2013
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a guarded response on Sunday to a U.S.-Russian deal on Syria’s chemical weapons, saying it would be judged on whether it achieved “complete destruction” of the arsenal.
“We hope the understandings reached between the United States and Russia  regarding the Syrian chemical weapons will yield results,” he said in a speech at a memorial ceremony for Israeli soldiers killed in the 1973 Middle East war.
“These understandings will be judged on their results – the complete destruction of all of the chemical weapons stockpiles that the Syrian regime has used against its own people.”
Netanyahu spoke before a planned meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew into Israel to brief him on the accord he reached with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday in Geneva.