Following a deadly bombing in Damascus on July 18 which killed four top security officials in what Israeli officials described as a "severe blow" to the regime, Israel has been closely watching developments in Syria, readying itself for the possible collapse of the Assad regime.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the fate of Syria's weapons stockpiles was of greater concern to him than who or what would replace the Assad regime.
"I’m more concerned with what could happen to those stocks of chemical weapons and those deadly rockets and missiles when there is no government in Syria," he said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday.
"Can you imagine Hezbollah -- the people who are conducting, with Iran, all these terror attacks around the world -- can you imagine that they would have chemical weapons? It’s like Al-Qaeda having chemical weapons," he said.
"It is something that is not acceptable to us."