Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that deeds, and not words alone, would determine the outcome of an agreement between the United States and Russia on Syria, dpa reported.
Netanyahu, speaking shortly before US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel, said: "We hope that the understandings that were reached will have results. The test of the end result is also true regarding the international community's diplomatic efforts to stop Iran's nuclear armament."
He added: "Israel must be ready to defend itself on its own against any threat and that ability and that readiness is more important today than ever."
The US and Russia on Saturday agreed that Syria must declare its stock of chemical weapons within a week and give up that arsenal by mid-2014.
US President Barack Obama welcomed the deal, but warned that "much more work" remains. Two Republican US senators criticized it, saying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would use it to delay and deceive the world.
The agreement was announced by Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva after three days of talks.
Kerry is to brief Netanyahu on the agreement, and also discuss talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Lavrov stressed that the US and Russia had reached the agreement in a way that ruled out an attack on Syria for now.
However, the Geneva agreement did contain an indirect military threat, with a reference to Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which allows for military or other punitive measures.
"If these measures are not implemented, or if anybody uses chemical weapons, then the Security Council will take measures according to Chapter 7 of the (UN Charter)," Lavrov confirmed, adding that any such alleged violation needed to be thoroughly verified.
Obama said the main goal will be to work with other veto-holding members of the UN Security Council to make sure the process is verifiable and that there are consequences should Syria not cooperate.
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