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Topic - Aarn Sagui
As the Obama administration presses the United Nations this week to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, it faces the stark reality that the United States has failed to meet a 2012 deadline to destroy its remaining arsenal and has never pressured its closest Middle East ally, Israel, to sign the treaty banning such weapons.
"The chemical weapons threat against Israel and its civilian population is neither theoretical nor distant," Mr. Sagui said in an email to The Washington Times. "Terror organizations, acting as proxies for certain regional states, similarly pose a chemical weapons threat."
"While Israel signed the convention, other countries in the Middle East, including those that have used chemical weapons recently or in the past, or are believed to be working to improve their chemical capabilities, have failed to follow suit and have indicated that their position would remain unchanged even if Israel ratifies," said Aarn Sagui, spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington.