The Obama administration doesn’t need to be sure that Syria’s leader has used chemical weapons against his own people before establishing a no-fly zone and arming rebel forces, U.S. Senator John McCain said.
The U.S. plans to provide Israel with advanced weapons, including the first export of the tilt- rotor V-22 Osprey, as part of an “iron-clad pledge” to ensure its edge against enemies such as Syria and Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
Israel will enforce its blockade of the Gaza Strip, regardless of the price, because the alternative would be “disaster,” the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. said as another boat carrying activists challenged the restriction.
Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren , said his country is still seeking 20 additional F- 35 fighter jets even after the failure of a U.S. offer to provide the planes in exchange for a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.
Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that the U.S. and its allies will probably impose a “no-fly zone” over Syria and take other “more aggressive action” against the Syrian regime.
Bulgaria implicated Hezbollah in the bombing of a tourist bus last year that killed five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver, prompting Israel and the U.S. to renew calls for the European Union to designate the Lebanese militant group a terrorist organization.
Israel’s U.S.-funded anti-missile system, known as Iron Dome, appears to be effective against short-range, unguided rockets used by Hamas, according to U.S.- based analysts who follow missile defense issues.