Yesterday, President Obama confirmed what Israeli, French and British intelligence have argued for weeks. "What we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of Syria," the President explained at a White House press conference.
Despite this evidence, the President continued, "We don't know how they were used, when they were used, who used them, we don't have a chain of custody to establish what exactly happened."
Previously, President Obama described the use of chemical weapons in Syria as a "red line," but, at least for now, it seems that the Obama Administration is unwilling to intervene.
As Syria’s neighbor to the South, Israelis have their sights trained on the border, but even with chemical weapons on the ground in the war-torn country, it's unclear whether American intervention would ultimately benefit Israel.
Michael Oren is Israel's Ambassador to the United States. He discusses the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the prospect of American intervention.