According to the daily, escalating conflict in Syria forced the Israeli military to take a decisive step amid concerns over the security of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal which could be leaked to Islamist insurgents.
Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom earlier threatened Syria with missile strikes if it didn’t keep a close watch on its chemical weapons.
He said such a development would be “a crossing of all red lines that would require a different approach, including even preventive operations.”
Israel’s National Security Council chief Yaakov Amidror has set out for Russia to discuss the issue of Syria’s chemical weapons, which can allegedly fall into radical Islamists’ hands.
Local media have already called Mr. Amidror’s mission an emergency trip, while his office has described it as a working visit.
The Israeli National Security Council chief will hold a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev and possibly with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The officials will talk about the security of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal amid ongoing battles between the government’s troops and armed opposition groupings.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu earlier voiced concern over the possibility of chemical weapons leaking to terrorists as the country crumbles, while Israel's Vice Premier, Silvan Shalom, warned that Israel could be forced to take a “different approach, including even preventive operations” to prevent chemical weapons from reaching both pro- and anti-Assad militants.
Voice of Russia, Interfax, RIA