(Times of Israel) Israel has been “absolutely certain” for many months — long before the alleged August 21 chemical weapons attack that prompted the current Syria crisis — that President Bashar Assad was using chemical weapons in the civil war, the Israeli army’s top intelligence analyst said in an interview broadcast Saturday.

Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, the senior analyst in the IDF’s Military Intelligence hierarchy, said the Israeli army had an extremely effective intelligence-gathering capacity on Syria, but declined to go into specifics.

That capacity, he indicated, allowed Israel’s intelligence chiefs to assert with high confidence that there was only a ‘low probability” that the Assad regime would attempt to fire chemical weapons into Israel in the event of international intervention in the civil war.

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