Washington announced last week that it would send arms to foreign - sponsored terrorists in Syria to oust President Bashar al - Assad from power after more than two years of uncertainty over the unrest in the Arab country.
In an interview with Reuters, Shimon Peres described the plan as “wise, ” saying that the US government had no other choice but to supply arms to Syria militants.
On June 14, Obama ordered his administration to provide the militants with weapons, a day after the US claimed that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the militants and thus crossed Washington’s “red line. ”
This comes while Damascus has rejected the allegation as “lies. ”
The delivery of the weapons, which include assault rifles, shoulder - fired rocket - propelled grenades and antitank missiles, would be carried out through the CIA, reports say.
On June 15, Pentagon said that the US will keep its F - 16 jets and patriot missile batteries in Jordan after the joint military exercises with the kingdom this month.
This is while reports say that the US government has been preparing to impose a no - fly zone over Syria.
Last week, a US defense official stated that Washington would keep a unit of US Marines on amphibious ships off the Red Sea coast after consultations with Jordan.
The US - based Wall Street Journal had earlier reported that the no - fly zone could be implemented from Jordan.