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The family of an Israeli Arab recently killed in Syria said it is likely their son was fighting with an al Qaeda group. A top Israeli general said that Assad "will stay on for years ... though he deserves to pass from this world, and the quicker that happens, the better." A former Israeli commander along the Egypt border warned that Sinai jihadist groups pose a growing threat to Israel and said Israel has become a greater focus for al Qaeda in the past five years.
Prime Minister Netanyahu is expected to meet with President Obama in Washington for talks that will likely center on Iran's nuclear program. The outgoing Israeli ambassador to the US said Israel has "always wanted Bashar Assad to go." At least 22 communities near the country's northern and southern borders will no longer receive army security following the completion of a situational assessment.
Secretary of State Kerry met with Israeli officials to discuss the latest developments related to Syria. Prime Minister Netanyahu said he hopes that the US-Russia deal on Syria's chemical weapons will result in their "complete destruction." Israel and the Palestinian Authority agreed to resume agricultural cooperation that has been frozen for 13 years.
A top Israeli intelligence official said Israel has been "absolutely certain" for many months that the Assad regime has been using chemical weapons in Syria. A new report suggests that Iran ceased its production of nuclear warheads in 2004.
Charges were filed against Hamas operative Hamdi Romana, who was linked to the recent terror plot aimed at bombing a Jerusalem mall. Israeli officials reiterated that Israel has no plans on ratifying the Chemical Weapons Convention before their neighbors.
Three Palestinians were convicted of trying to set up a Hamas infrastructure in Jerusalem. Prime Minister Netanyahu said the Syrian regime must be stripped of its chemical weapons. An Israeli official reportedly traveled to Cairo to discuss the situation in the Sinai with Egyptian officials. Israeli officials reiterated that the country is prepared to strike any attempts to transfer WMD to Hezbollah.
El Al has reportedly cancelled a number of its daytime flights landing at Eilat's airport due to concerns regarding terror threats from the Sinai. Israeli officials voiced skepticism over the idea that Syria would relinquish its chemical weapons stockpiles to international control. An IDF official warned that terror attacks in the West Bank are becoming more sophisticated.
An Israeli official said the country would get advance notification of US raids on Syria. An Iron Dome missile defense battery was deployed near Jerusalem. A senior Israeli official said Egyptian authorities were currently waging their first serious fight against terror in the Sinai. Israeli officials complained to the US that Palestinian officials were leaking details from ongoing negotiations.