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      Lieberman: Syria Deal Won’t End War

      Lieberman not optimistic on Syria’s signing of chemical weapons pact.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 9/15/2013, 11:00 AM

      MK Avigdor Lieberman
      MK Avigdor Lieberman
      Israel news photo: Flash 90

      MK Avigdor Lieberman (Likud-Yisrael Beytenu), head of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, has expressed a lack of optimism regarding Syria’s agreement to sign on the Chemical Weapons Convention.

      If Syrian President Bashar Assad fulfills his side of the agreement engineered by Russia and the United States, Israel will welcome it, he told Galei Tzahal (IDF Radio).

      However, he said, “It’s obvious that the fighting in Syria won’t end with this agreement. The only thing that has happened is that Assad came out ahead.”

      On Thursday, Syria officially added itself to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which calls for a complete ban on chemical weapons, according to Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Ja’afari.

      Ja’afari announced his country’s decision to join the treaty, and challenged Israel to put its nuclear facilities under international supervision. Israel maintains a policy of nuclear ambiguity, and has declined to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

      United States Secretary of State John Kerry responded to Ja’afari’s announcement with a warning. “This is not a game,” Kerry said during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

      There must be “consequences” if the agreement is not implemented, he said.