Growing Support In Israel For U.S. Action On Syria05:12
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Israel, Sunday, September 1, 2013. (Abir Sultan/AP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Israel, Sunday, September 1, 2013. (Abir Sultan/AP)

As President Obama tries to convince Congress to approve punitive strikes on Syria's government, Israeli leaders have stayed mostly quiet.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement saying, "We are not part of the civil war in Syria, but if we identify any attempt whatsoever to harm us, we will respond and we will respond in strength."

NPR's Emily Harris joins us to talk about the growing support in Israel for U.S. military action.

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This segment aired on September 3, 2013.

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