Monday, September 04, 2006

Israel beefs up the anti-Syrian rhetoric

An extract from today's Haaretz shows a very hawkish Israeli attitude:

Olmert to Knesset defense panel: We'd use more force in war with Syria

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday that Israel would use more force than in Lebanon in any war with Syria.

"If we have go to war with Syria, we will do away the limitations on the use of force we placed upon ourselves in Lebanon," Olmert said during his first appearance before the panel since the end of the 34-day conflict with Hezbollah.

He said he would be happy to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, but said he doubted that the conditions existed to hold negotiations with Syria.

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