Israeli Military Official: Syria Does Not Want War

6 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Israeli Military Official: Syria Does Not Want War</h1><p>June 6, 2007 (LPAC)--Following weeks of loose talk of an alleged war danger posed by Syria, an unnamed senior official of the Israeli Defense Force told the <em>Jerusalem Post</em> that Syria has no intention of starting a war, but "unnecessary chatter" can lead to "a military escalation."</p><p>All intelligence reports show that Syria has no intention of starting a war, the IDF official told the English-language Israeli daily. He criticized various institutions for "creating a wartime atmosphere and a misleading feeling that there were preparations for a violent conflict either on the Israeli side or on the Syrian side... This wartime atmosphere has nothing to do with reality or with the assumptions of army intelligence. It may cause a crisis in itself. In the past, unnecessary chatter caused military escalations that were not in keeping with the wishes of the leadership."</p><p>The real war danger comes from Vice President Dick Cheney's anti-Syrian policy, and his refusing to approve Israel in holding productive peace talks with Damascus.</p><p>The <em>Jerusalem Post</em> reports that an unnamed administration source accompanying President George W.Bush to Prague, said that Syria will not be on the agenda when Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meet later this month. He reiterated the policy that Syria should continue to be isolated, even if Israel sees such isolation as destabilizing.</p><p>Many officials have warned that it is Syria, which fears an attack from Israel, forcing Syria to take certain defensive actions such as renewing its outdated military equipment, and holding military maneuvers. Israel has been doing the same thing over the last months. An Israeli military maneuver is underway now in the southern part of Israel. Nonetheless, Israeli Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, is known to be an advocate of holding talks with Syria.</p><p>Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz, while reviewing these military maneuvers told <em>Israel Radio</em> , "Israel must probe any possibility of diplomacy with Syria."</p><p>Olmert has stuck very close to Cheney's policy and has refused to take up any talks whatsoever with Syria.</p></div></body>