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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office has delivered through diplomatic channels a threat to attack Syria if Damascus continues facilitating arms transfers from its borders to Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Galil Report has learned.
Israeli military officials here told the Galil Report today they estimate the threat is more a pressure tactic being used by Olmert. But they said if any order to attack Syria is indeed given – which they maintained is unlikely – the Israeli Defense Forces would be ready to act.
The Israeli threats – which are detailed in today’s edition of the Galil Report – follow Israeli Air Force operations yesterday in which two Hezbollah-bound trucks carrying weapons and ammunition were attacked while driving through Lebanon’s Bekaa section after having crossed the border from Syria.
The IAF also targeted a Hezbollah truck carrying long-range rockets that could strike Tel Aviv, including Iranian-made “Zilzals,” which have a range of about 120 miles. The force of the blast sent at least one Zilzal missile flying into the air, but it fell nearby.
The Israeli military thus far has operated very carefully along the Syria-Lebanese border to keep Syria out of the fighting.
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