Obama says Syria chemical weapons attack threatens Israel, Jordan

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking to reporters about Syria during a meeting with Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington August 30, 2013 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (Reuters)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday the chemical weapons attack in Syria threatened U.S. allies Israel and Jordan and said his preference would have been for the international community to move forward on a response. While meeting with visiting leaders at the White House, Obama told reporters the United States was still in the planning process for a response to the chemical weapons use in Syria. He said he was looking at a limited action against Syria that would not involve an open-ended commitment or major military operation. (Reporting by Steve Holland, writing by Jeff Mason; editing by Christopher Wilson)