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A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus in this Aug. 29, 2013, file photo.
A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus in this Aug. 29, 2013, file photo.
(REUTERS)

PATRICK MARTIN

Israel’s silence over chemical weapons only fuels suspicion

Syria, it seems, is not the only country in the Middle East with chemical or biological weapons. Even as a reluctant Syrian President Bashar al-Assad prepares to hand over an inventory of all the CW his regime has, he has leveled accusations that Israel has such weapons as well, even threatening not to become a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention until Israel does the same.