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UPDATED: 08:50, February 26, 2007
Syria unlikely to launch war against Israel in 2007: official
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Israeli Military Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin said on Sunday that Syria was unlikely to initiate a war against Israel in 2007, the Ha'aretz daily reported.

"Syria is building its military strength, but the likelihood of an all-out war at Syria's initiative is low," Yadlin said in an annual intelligence report at a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

The Mossad, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), the Foreign Ministry's intelligence division and the National Security Council also presented their intelligence summary.

The Syrian tendency was to respond, not initiate, military procedures against Israel, Yadlin said.

But he added that he did not believe Damascus was not prepared to make any actual gestures toward Israel though Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has indicated a desire for peace.

Regarding Iran, Yadlin believed that it would continue to pursue firmly the development of its nuclear program, despite heavy technological obstacles and the threat of more sanctions. Moderate Arab countries will protect themselves from Iranian threat.

Yadlin also said that Iran and Syria are the most extremist elements in the Middle East and both believe that the solution to dealing with Israel is through terrorist means.

Meanwhile, the intelligence heads reached consensus that Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip were attempting to gather more weapons and increase their strength despite an upcoming national unity government.

A Palestinian coalition would eventually be accepted by the international community despite the new government's refusal to adhere to conditions of the international quartet, according to the report.

Source: Xinhua

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