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Authorities announced that they had foiled a Hamas terror plot aimed at a Jerusalem mall. Most of the reserve soldiers recently called up in preparation for possible strikes in retaliation for Western strikes in Syria were sent home. Prime Minister Netanyahu called on government ministers not to publicly respond to President Obama's decision to request authorization from Congress to strike Syria.
Army radio reported that the IDF is deploying all of its missile defenses in preparation for potential strikes in response to impending strikes on Syria. The government called up a limited number of reserves, in particular those in missile and civil defense units. Israeli officials said the likelihood of Israel being struck in response to strikes in Syria is low.
Anti-missile Patriot batteries in the northern city of Haifa were put on alert as strikes by a coalition of forces are expected within days. Prime Minister Netanyahu said that although Israel is not involved in the ongoing Syrian civil war, Israeli forces are prepared to strike anyone who attempts to harm Israel.
Minister for Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz said it is "crystal clear" that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons in Syria. Israeli intelligence is believed to have intercepted Syrian army communications during the attack. Israeli officials met with US officials in Washington to discuss the ongoing situation in Syria, among other topics.