(Times of Israel) Israel opposes arming Syrian rebels unless they are carefully vetted beforehand, Jerusalem’s ambassador to the US said Wednesday.

Michael Oren’s comments to CNN come as the US and other Western countries are weighing upping their involvement in the Syrian civil war after two years of bloody fighting and recent reports of chemical weapons use by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“If it were decided to provide lethal assistance, we ask that those groups be carefully vetted,” Oren said. He added that Israeli officials had discussed the matter with their American counterparts.

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