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Former Israeli intelligence chief: Trust Kerry on Syria

August 28th, 2013
04:54 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Former Israeli intelligence chief General Amos Yadlin told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday that the world can rest assured that any American claims that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons are accurate.

“The American intelligence community is very, very careful after Iraq, 2003. And I know personally most of them. I know personally General Clapper, with the DNI,” Yadlin said from Jerusalem. “When I hear the determination of Secretary Kerry, I know that the intelligence is very solid. When he says that Assad has done it, I think that the American public and the international community should trust that this is a very reliable intelligence.”

Before the alleged chemical attack outside Damascus last week, Israeli intelligence overheard Syrian military commanders discussing moving chemical weapons to the area of the attack, CNN learned from diplomatic sources. That intelligence was shared with the United States.

“I am sure the Israeli input was very significant,” General Yadlin said of the U.S. intelligence assessment on Syria.

If the intelligence does lead the United States and its allies to strike Syria, Israel – as its neighbor – will likely be on edge.

“If the attack on Syria will be limited, focussed, and a punishment attack, and not an attack to overthrow Assad, the chances that he will choose [to] attack on Israel are quite low – even though we have to be prepared,” General Yadlin said. “We have to be prepared because this dictator already proved that he not always play[s] according to a rationale that we exercise.”

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  1. Alec Phiri

    there must be proof from the UN inspectors first.

    August 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • Rufus Reeta

      Althought the World looks increasingly mixed up, we should not loose sight of the fact that there is a solid undercurrent that is taking shape, a love a peace, that has been repeatedly subdued and at times mercilessly torn apart by agents of darkness, they themselves unaware of how their actions repeatedly come back to haunt them. The loving and peace loving especially those of have reached the higher levels, those who constantly preach to us the virtues of a loving and peaceful character incapable of going against the natural rythm of Life should keep heart because your glory day of triumph is nigh.

      September 4, 2013 at 8:05 am | Reply
    • Higgs Thomas

      Wait for the results of the U.N. which could take several weeks ? This would only give Assad even more time to disperse his valuables.

      September 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  2. Amgad

    Do you mean we should trust every lie from the united state as usual, that really sad.!!!

    August 28, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • BeachN

      UN Says Rebels Used Nerve Gas! Large Explosion Rocks Damascus & Assad Flees to Iran!

      August 29, 2013 at 2:32 am | Reply
      • YouMustBeJoking

        Are you really expecting anyone to take a link to a website called (Before its news .com), where people post their own "reports", seriously?

        Perhaps your next "report" should be taken from

        August 31, 2013 at 10:51 am |
  3. jimmy lim

    No need to talk any further. Just send in the Tomahawks to take out all the runways and ammunition dumps and the SLA and Arab League will take care of the rest

    August 28, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  4. ziad oubari

    Syrie: des terroristes entrain de tirer des obus chimiques (vidéo)

    August 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  5. mohamed ibrahim gabow

    not only to believe amiracan intelegence because they are human so at this time in Syria fighting terrorist I think bishar is on the right way NB to say every word said American is true that realy so sad and bad idea by gabow from rayal tv somali

    August 29, 2013 at 1:16 am | Reply
  6. BeachN

    Does he realize just how many American's are laughing at him right now?? LMBO to those Amerians who have not been enlightened ..Tell them your BS.. When are they gonna look around them and see there is a different America brewing and there isn't a damn thing they can do about it...
    Yes er ree...OUR PRESIDENT is backing The Syrian Al Qaeda Rebels..The order he signed broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad. Just another country that has been on their list to take over...It is all in the long term plan of One World Government...With the United Nations at the helm..

    August 29, 2013 at 2:19 am | Reply
    • yes

      This is only for the benefit of Israel (with its UK and USA partners) to control the mid east and its oil and gas reserves and pipelines.

      Israel as a vested interest to con the american public to donate military support.

      What is next, a note from John Kerrys mother? Believe my son, he is a good boy....

      no he isnt, a corrupt CRF politician

      September 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Reply
      • maias

        What is Israel's interest in this? It should be noted that according to the book of Samuel and Psalm 60, Aram Soba, the Biblical name for Aleppo, was part of the extended area of Israel. A Jewish presence in Syria therefore dates back to Biblical times and is intertwined with the history and politics of Jerusalem and no Israeli leader has declared where the eastern border of Israel will be.

        September 9, 2013 at 7:08 am |
  7. BeachN
    It is being said that the Free Syrian Army Rebels, of whom our government has been backing, are the ones who used the chemical weapons on their own people. Sounds like something scripted by our own government doesn't it? Me...I am still trying to see if the chemical weapons story is even true lol much less who did it. Man I just don't believe anything anymore.. and rightly so from all I have learned...If we attack Syria, which it appears we will, I just hope they realize who their REAL enemy is...Certainly not the people of the U.S. but our government... I hope to live long enough to see our military personnel make their own judgment and no longer fight the dirty wars the politicians want them to fight for them..A sad day on our planet ..

    August 29, 2013 at 2:23 am | Reply
    • RamaBama

      How right you are in your judgement!! USA needs a 'US Spring' and that, ASAP. Think about it, USA used large scale chemical weapons in Vietnam killing millions (not a mere 1300 as reported in Syria by the media), maiming few millions for generations. Who should bomb USA then – if that is considered the right and moral thing to do. Where did we get it right saying that killing by the so called conventional weapons is moral and right, and anything other than is 'illegal'!! Whose definition is that killing is right in the first place? What is the difference between terrorists killing few hundreds, Governments that kill few hundred thousands? What sort of world we are leaving behind for our future generations, all for a commodity called 'oil & gas'!!

      Why can't UN talk of sending the UN Peace Corps, sending UN representatives to Syria to run the country, bringing about peace? Why can't all countries be banned from selling arms to these barbaric people who anyway kill themselves? Why did n't world go to Nelson Mandela before bombing the s...t out of Iraq? Because he is black? How is one form of mass destruction and killing justify the other form of killing and destruction? World leaders? Tony Blair Middle East Peace Envoy??

      Wait for the nature to answer human evil. It is just round the corner of a scale that this planet has never seen. Europe and North America will freeze this winter; Middle East will see no water for ever (sorry, they have the most treasured liquid and gas!!). Greed is the root cause, we don't need all that much to lead a peaceful life.

      September 8, 2013 at 10:09 am | Reply
  8. Hamaan

    Amanpour is now days one of the biggest war drummers the world will ever see, watching her now days is like watching a crazed war monger at her best. Trashy Journalism in my opinion.

    August 29, 2013 at 4:42 am | Reply

    The problem with waiting for inspectors is they might provide proof that your wild thearies simply aint true,any rational human being would wait for the report from the inspectors.The main problem is that joke of a security council that has failed miserably so far,they have driven things to this point by 3 of them being directly involved in the war on the battle field and in international law.Assad should have an arrest warrant out for him already before it became a war,but certain security council members took it apon them selves to make sure things esculate untill this level.

    August 29, 2013 at 5:38 am | Reply

      To solve this crisses you need a security council that has no direct interests in Syria not a security council that has 3 active permenant members of the council directly active in a war they let happen.

      August 29, 2013 at 5:53 am | Reply
  10. ashok

    The world feels safer with Ms. Amanpour back at her desk.

    August 29, 2013 at 7:10 am | Reply
  11. AmericansRGullible

    Israel providing "intel" is like a coyote waiting to pounce on a juicy chicken.

    August 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  12. samoosapur

    Ok Israel we gave you enough firepower with nukes,please carry on without us and send your children to die.We value ours,and yes we are GOYIMS.

    August 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Luis

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      January 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Reply
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  13. shuaib

    christian take this general to un security council with his evidence which he doest have n u know it bt u believe in their lies i bt all world knows u n ur Israelis very well

    August 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Reply
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  15. Peacemaker

    Did anyone see any died terorist in pictures after CW attact? Only children and women. Is Assad fighting against women or terorists?

    August 30, 2013 at 3:46 am | Reply
  16. Sandy

    Amanpour has become a lap dog to the war mongering machine, I used to enjoy her reporting, but apparently she's got an agenda or being told by superiors to fan the flames, it's all about the ratings now...What a sellout!!!

    August 30, 2013 at 11:43 am | Reply
  17. AshPalloorane

    First of all, who trust this man, i.e, Israeli intelligence chief?

    September 1, 2013 at 2:03 am | Reply
  18. John Brown

    Israeli is behind this bombing, Kerry such be FIRED, HE A VILE DOG.

    September 2, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
  19. John Brown

    Israeli is behind this bombing, Kerry should be FIRED, HE A VILE DOG.

    September 2, 2013 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • Rufus Reeta

      @John why are you saying John is a liar, to the extent of calling him a vile dog? Becareful lest you prove to be indeed the Liar and VILE DOG

      September 4, 2013 at 8:25 am | Reply
  20. samoosapur

    Kerry just answer one question?Where are the weapons of Mass destruction from Iraq???

    Israeli intelligence chief General Amos Yadlin,your question would be during 911 there were four Israelis on top of a van jumping for joy while the world trade center was bombed where are they????if you are so intelligent tell us the roll Israel played in the bombing of the world trade center?.The USA does not have a clue.

    September 5, 2013 at 1:12 am | Reply
  21. Douglas Miller

    I wouldn't trust Kerry to sprinkle ice chips on my snow cone. Obama's foreign policy in the Middle East is dictated by his benefactors in the oil rich Arabian Peninsula. The wealthy Sunni Arab/ Moslems are scared to death of the Shia Persian/ Moslems. And the Assad regime in Syria is a tool of the Shia dictatorship in Iran which has threatened the monarchies in the Arabian Peninsula countless times. Obama is trying to curry favor with his masters by going after Assad. At some point he will also go after the mullahs in Iran at the behest of his masters. But Obama would like to hold off on the Iranian campaign until after the mullahs nuke Israel.

    September 7, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Reply
    • RamaBama

      Hi Doug One of the finest insight provided thus far!! I would beg to differ on 'mullahs of Iran nuking Israel' though. As Albert Einstein said, the fourth world war will be fought with axe and bows and arrows!! Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the sunni dictatorships with no rights to women whatsoever, are the most favored regimes of the West!! Enjoy

      September 8, 2013 at 10:18 am | Reply
  22. Jaffari Buyogera

    As much as I respect Israel Iwould ask Israel to be quiet on this because it has intrests in this. More to this they are always offensive. You can never expect a fair proposal from there. One time some years back such was a claim that Israel used chemical weapons to the palestines. No fair deal from there. We respect you Jesus was born there so let it be

    September 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Reply
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    The world does not trust Kerry, much less so now that he has been vouched for by this murdering Zionist 🙂

    September 12, 2013 at 1:00 am | Reply
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