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    JERUSALEM — Top Israeli officials said Tuesday that Syria’s chemical weapons remain under the control of the government of President Bashar al-Assad, in a shift of emphasis from recent warnings.

    The remarks — made separately by a top Defense Ministry official and the Israeli army chief — appeared intended to calm jitters set off in the past week when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak suggested that Israel would take action, if it deemed it necessary, to prevent Syrian chemical weapons from falling into the hands of the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah.
    In an interview this week on “Fox News Sunday,” Netanyahu said that Hezbollah’s possession of chemical weapons was “unacceptable” and “that this is something we will have to act to stop if the need arises. And that need might arise if there’s a regime collapse, not a regime change.”

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