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Reports: Netanyahu, Jordan's Abdullah discuss Syria chemical arms
Published Thursday 27/12/2012 (updated) 29/12/2012 15:25
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Jordan's King Abdullah meets with Benjamin Netanyahu in Aqaba, Jordan.
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secretly met Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman to discuss the risk of Syria's chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamist militants, Israeli media reports said on Wednesday.

Two TV stations and Israeli news sites quoted unnamed Israeli officials confirming a report in the London-based Arabic language daily, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, that such a summit had been held. Netanyahu's spokesmen have declined to comment on the reports.

As Syria's southern neighbor, Israel has been concerned about the risk of President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamist militants or Lebanese Hezbollah fighters as an uprising against him convulses a country thought to possess a formidable chemical arsenal.

Israel has warned it could intervene if it felt there was a real risk of such a scenario unfolding.

Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994 and meetings between their leaders are not unusual and are often announced by both sides.

Israel's Channel 2 said the latest talks included a "very long discussion" about "cooperation with Jordan with regard to the fate of Syria's chemical weapons". It did not elaborate.

Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon on Tuesday dismissed reports that Syrian government forces had fired chemical agents at rebels fighting to topple Assad's government.

"As things stand now, we do not have any confirmation or proof that (chemical weapons) have already been used, but we are definitely following events with concern," Yaalon said on Israel's Army Radio.
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27/12/2012 14:16
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2 ) ian / australia
29/12/2012 20:14
The distaste of Arab leaders for even being in the same room as PM Netanyahu, the great hulking bully/liar, is palpable. You could cut it with a knife. And he's strangely ambiguous and indeterminate. Is he an American with that booming foghorn voice, East Coast accent and silver comb-over? Or a Pole? Or an Israeli, the most amorphous quantity of all. The only certainty is that he NEVER tells the truth, talks in code about absurd non-issues like the threat of Iran and "cooperation with Jordan

3 ) ian / australia
29/12/2012 20:15
(contd.) with regard to the fate of Syria's chemical weapons" and that ALL he cares about REALLY is the Zionist project to establish Eretz Yisrael in ALL of Palestine from river to sea! If King Abdullah of Jordan can just bear that in mind, like a vist to the dentist, an unpleasant chore, his meeting with Bibi, will eventually be over.
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