Syria and Middle East Tensions

The U.S. is weighing it

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The U.S. is weighing it's options on how to deal with Syria in the wake of two separate Israeli airstrikes over the weekend.

Israel launched a pair of airstrikes against Syria over the weekend.

Israeli sources tell the Associated Press the strikes targeted advance guided missiles being shipped from Iran through Syria to the Hezbollah Terrorist group in Lebanon.

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, Democrat of Maryland, said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation,” "Israel has the right to defend themselves at all times. And they're in a very volatile area."

The air strikes have added to fears that the Syrian civil war could destabilize the region.

On “Fox News Sunday,” Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona said, "The whole thing is escalating." and that "The conflict is spilling over into Lebanon and Jordan."

The White House has said Israel has a right to defend itself against threats from Hezbollah.

But many on Capitol Hill want the President to do more to bring down the Bashar Al-Assad regime.

McCain added, "The president of the United States said there was clear red lines. Those red lines in the view of those have been crossed and he has failed to act."

Senator McCain is among those calling for the U.S. to establish a No-Fly Zone over Syria, a move some believe the President is willing to make.

On ABC’s “This Week,” Former Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico announced that, "Air strikes against some of those weapons sites and to protect rebel forces are in the cards."

While many would like to see the U.S. supply weapons to Syria's rebel forces, others worry about the consequences.

New York Representative Peter King of New York commented on CBS’s “State of the Union” that "Al Qaeda elements have a lot of control within the rebel movement.” He also added, “My concern is that by arming the rebels, we could be strengthening Al Qaeda."

The White House says it's considering a number of options.

Israel has beefed up its anti-missile defense system along it's northern border with Syria and Lebanon in anticipation of a possible retaliation for this weekend's air strikes.

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