JERUSALEM, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel is closely following up reports about chemical weapons attack in Syria and is ready to defend its citizens.
"Our finger, our hand is on the pulse," Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, according to a statement issued by the prime minister's Office.
"We will always know how to protect our citizens and our country against those who wish to harm it, or are attempting to harm it or harmed it in the past," Netanyahu said, possibly alluding to Iran's efforts to reach nuclear capabilities and Lebanon, from which rockets were launched toward Israel on Thursday.
"What happened in Syria is a horrible tragedy and crime... we make three conclusions out of this: the situation cannot continue; the most dangerous government in the world shouldn't have the most dangerous weapons; and we expect this to stop," he added.
Israeli President Shimon Peres also talked about the situation in Syria on Sunday, during a meeting with French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, who is currently visiting Israel.
"No man can stay indifferent to the murder of children," Peres said. "The moral call is above any other consideration -- it's time for a joint, international effort to take out all of the chemical weapons from Syria; it's not possible to leave it there, whether in the hands of Assad or in other hands," the president said.
On that note, as the U.S. President Barack Obama is mulling his country's moves following recent deadly attacks, Israeli security officials estimate that in case the U.S. will strike in Syria, Israel will be notified in advance.
According to a report on the British "Sunday Times," American and British teams created a "targets bank" for air raids in Syria, over the assessment that Assad's administration is behind the chemical weapons attack on Wednesday.
Israeli security officials told the Walla! news website that there's a low probability that Assad will try and launch missiles towards Israel in case of an American attack, but added that Israel must be prepared for such a scenario.
The officials also said that Israel is in no way involved in planning of a military operation in Syria.