(WSJ) A top Israeli military intelligence officer on Tuesday said the Syrian army has repeatedly employed lethal chemical weapons during the country’s civil war, an accusation likely to ramp up pressure on an Obama administration that has warned such a move would be a “game changer” and cross a threshold that could force a change in U.S. policy.

“[Syrian President Bashar] Assad is using chemical weapons in Syria,” said Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, who heads Israel’s intelligence branch’s research division. “The very use of chemical weapons without an appropriate response is a very disturbing development, because it could signal that something like that is legitimate.”

The remarks are the most explicit statement to date by Israel that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons, after accusations from Syrian rebels emerged last month.

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