Israel wary about possibility of U.S. arming Syrian rebels
May 1st, 2013
06:25 PM ET

Israel wary about possibility of U.S. arming Syrian rebels

By CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr

Israel is asking the Obama administration not to arm Syrian rebels unless it can carefully screen them to ensure no weapons would fall into the hands of terrorists groups, the Israeli ambassador to the United States tells CNN.

"If it were decided to provide lethal assistance, we ask those groups be carefully vetted," Ambassador Michael Oren said Wednesday. He declined to offer specifics but broadly indicated the matter has come up in recent weeks - in the general time frame of visits to Israel by President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Neighboring Jordan and Turkey have expressed similar concerns.
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