تطمأن سوريا بأنها لا تنوي
الهجوم عليها الصيف القادم
Israel seeks to reassure Syria:
No summer attack
political and military leadership has been preparing in
recent weeks for the possibility of a Syrian attack on
the Golan Heights that will start as a result of a
"miscalculation" on the part of the Syrians,
who may assume that Israel intends to attack them.
however, has delivered a calming message, and has no
plans to attack its northern neighbor.
to information Israel received, the Syrians are
concerned that the United States will carry out an
attack against Iran's nuclear installations in the
summer, and in parallel Israel would strike Syria and
Minister Ehud Olmert, who visited IDF forces in the
North last week, heard an intelligence assessment and
was informed of the dangers of a Syrian
his visit to the forces in the field, a decision was
made to publicly address the concerns of a possible
deterioration with the Syrians, and to send a message
that Israel has no intention of attacking Syria, nor is
there any coordinated plan with the U.S. for a joint
attack against Iran.
speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy
Pelosi, is scheduled to meet with Syrian President
Bashar Assad in Damascus today, and will deliver a
message of calm from Israel.
hope the message will be understood," political
sources in Israel said yesterday. "The question is
whether Assad is looking for an excuse ... so that he
can carry out an attack against Israel in the summer, or
whether this is a mistaken assessment."
visited Israel yesterday and told her Israeli
interlocutors that the country must speak with Assad and
that the door should not be closed to Syria, even though
she is aware that Syria supports terrorism and continued
cooperation with Iran.
Democratic congresswoman was critical of the Republican
administration's policy of boycotting Damascus.
statements hinted that if the Democrats regained control
of the White House in 2008, they will work toward
renewing dialogue with Syria.
chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Tom
Lantos, who accompanied Pelosi, said Assad should be
given a final opportunity to disengage from the
"axis of evil."
to Lantos, in a few years, Sunni Muslims and not Iran
under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be in control in the
region, and it is to the advantage of Damascus to know
which side to be on.
a holiday interview with Haaretz, Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert also commented on the assessments of a possible
"war in the summer."
Syrians, according to their statements and those of
others recently," Olmert said, "appear to be
saying that there is an American plan to attack Iran in
the summer, and at the same time, and in coordination
with Israel, to also attack Syria and Lebanon."
can tell you that there is no such plan that we know
about, and in any case, there is no reason for the
Syrians to prepare for such an eventuality. There is
always concern that when one side prepares for war, and
the other side is preparing to counter the other side's
preparations, then the first side interprets the
preparations of the other side as if it is the
manifestation of its fears, and the situation goes into
a spin, and control is lost.
have no intention to attack the Syrians," Olmert
said, "we prefer to make peace with the Syrians,
but it is a fact that the army is carrying out very
intensive training in all systems, all branches, all
units, in all areas, and it will continue doing so as
part of its annual plans, and it will be ready for any
eventuality - including the possibility of what is
called miscalculation ... But we take into account
everything, and hope that the things that should not
happen, do not happen."
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