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White House cites threat to Israel in explaining decision not to arm Syria's rebels

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The White House on Friday defended its decision not to endorse a CIA plan to arm the Syrian rebels, saying it was worried that U.S. weapons could "fall into the wrong hands" and worsen the situation in the civil war-torn country. In his remarks, Press Secretary Jay Carney specifically mentioned danger to "our ally Israel" as one of the reasons President Barack Obama rejected providing lethal aid to rebels fighting to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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