"There's no doubt that chemical weapons were used," he said.
"Any careful review of the facts leads to the conclusion that the regime was behind this. The ongoing deliberations in Washington are not around the question of whether chemical weapons were used or whether the regime was responsible. The deliberations are about what the appropriate response will be and there will be a response."
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Speaking at a Trade and Industry Club event in Tel Aviv, Shapiro noted that "The use of chemical weapons on a broad scale against a civilian population appalled the world and shocked the conscience of every nation. It's a moral obscenity. "
The ambassador also addressed the ties between Israeli and US intelligence services following a report that suggested that the US spied on Israeli intelligence agencies, and said that since President Obama entered the White House there has been unprecedented security cooperation between the two nations.
Obama's March visit to Israel illustrates that connection, he said. Shapiro further asserted that the US is making sure that Israel has the right to protect itself, by itself and that it has an unshakable commitment to Israel's security.
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