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Obama speech, Syrian weapons plan concerns Israelis

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 - 01:26

Sept. 11 - Israelis voice mixed feelings after U.S. President Obama pledges to explore Russia's chemical weapons proposal for Syria. Mana Rabiee reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL In Jerusalem, reaction is mixed from Israelis to President Barack Obama's speech the night before, when he pledged to explore a Russian proposal to have Syria surrender control of its chemical weapons. Some are relieved the immediate threat of military action is lifted… (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESIDENT OF JERUSALEM, TOVA, SAYING: "I hate war and I think that it's better to hesitate and not to do war immediately" …others think the diplomatic solution won't stop Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from making more of these weapons… (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESIDENT OF JERUSALEM, EREZ GOLDMAN, SAYING: "To manufacture a new stock will take him three or four days anytime he will decide and so therefore I don't see that that's going to be the solution". …and others, still, say Obama chose an awkward middle path, leaving few Israelis completely satisfied. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIKE, RESIDENT OF JERUSALEM, SAYING: "The right things, we prefer Assad to be over there because al-Qaeda is right now in Syria, the bad thing is with Iran, he gave them an open ticket to do what they want right now and he left Israel by itself to take care of the Iranian problems". Many Israelis view the civil war in neighboring Syria through the prism of Iran. They're skeptical the Syria plan will work, but they're hoping the threat of military action will make Iran think twice about advancing its nuclear program.

Obama speech, Syrian weapons plan concerns Israelis

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 - 01:26

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