Nightly News   |  May 05, 2013

Syrian crisis gets more complex for Washington

Israel’s reported attack on Syria adds another layer of complexity to the Obama administration’s decision on how to handle the crisis, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>>> it adds another layer of complexity for the obama administration as it considers its next move in the crisis. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell has more on this for us. andrea?

>> lester, race ilused american-made weapons and most likely had u.s. intelligence to strike the tarrets. president obama has said it was israel 's right to defend itself from game-changing weapons and he said that in an interview with telemundo.

>> the iaelis justifiably have to guard against the transfer of the advanced weaponry to terrorist organizations like hezbollah, and we coordinate closely with the israelis, recognizing that they are very close to syria, they're very close to lebanon, hezbollah has repeatedly said that they would be willing to attack as far as tel aviv and so the israelis have to be vigilant and they have to be concerned and we will continue to coordinate with israel .

>> reporter: israel 's military action has silenced support from many arab countries who have the anti-assad rebellion. according to u.s. officials the administration is now moving toward a decision to arm rebel factions that have been vetted by the cia for links for radical islamists. all after kerry's trip to moscow as he tries to get vladimir putin to stop propping up assad.