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US Ambassador: 'Strong' Response to Syria Certain

Ambassador Dan Shapiro would not say outright that the response will be military.
By Arutz Sheva
First Publish: 8/29/2013, 11:20 AM

Dan Shapiro
Dan Shapiro
Israel news photo: Flash 90

US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, said Thursday that a "strong" US response to Syria's use of chemical weapons against civilians is a certainty.

When asked on on public radio Reshet Bet's morning newscast, Yoman Haboker, why US President Barack Obama has not yet decided on action against Syria , Shapiro said, "You are correct in saying that President Obama has not yet decided exactly how we will respond to the use of chemical weapons, but there will be a strong and serious reaction because we, as well as the Arab League states, Muslim nations, and NATO members agree that the this is a very serious situation, in which the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons extensively against civilians, against women, against children – this is unacceptable and there must be a response.

Asked if the response will be a military one, Shapiro would not commit himself, saying that: “In the coming days we will know exactly what form the response will take.”

“President Obama has not yet decided how to respond and he is still consulting with Congress, as well as with our allies in NATO and elsewhere, but there will be a response,” he added.

The ambassador refused to speculate on whether the response would take place within days or weeks.