This is a rather strange news. If thinking from ‘the responsibility’ of Israeli leadership to Israeli population alone - yes, Israel should have credible plans to deal with Syrian WMD stockpiles. However, there are operational hurdles (Syrian air defense, dispersed locations - esp now Alawites are migrating back to their original location - )
thus it doesn’t look like doable thing. Hitting all WMD stockpiles, locations from air - and successfully eliminating them all doesn’t seem effectively doable.
Pentagon officials were in talks with Israeli defense officials about whether Israel might move to destroy Syrian weapons facilities, two administration official said. The administration is not advocating such an attack, the American officials said, because of the risk that it would give Mr. Assad an opportunity to rally support against Israeli interference.
President Obama’s national security adviser, Thomas E. Donilon, was in Israel over the weekend and discussed the Syrian crisis with officials there, a White House official said.
Any benefit of an Israeli raid on Syria’s weapons facilities would have to be weighed against the possibility that the Assad government would exploit such a raid for its own ends, said Martin S. Indyk, the former United States ambassador to Israel and director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.
Anyway, Jordan has been in rush to acquire missile defense for this reason, and Israel must be ready with missile defense system.
But more than that, invading Syrian airspace and conducting (numerous) air strikes - not sure such proactive approach could be preferred …
It’s a thorny, critical issue which has been given only insufficient public attention. (And now it’s too late. Sort of.)
But Israel will be able to act on its own if when it has to. It won’t just be sitting down lamely - if Assad appeals to Samson option - or any parties now inside Syria decides to unleash WMD against Israel. Otherwise, the political leadership in charge - will only face inescapable outrage and condemnation from Israeli population. There must be readiness, contingency plans and calculations.