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Damascus is preparing for a large-scale Israeli attack on Syria and Hizbullah, London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Wednesday.
According to the report, the Syrian army has been maneuvering its forces and drafting some of its reserve forces in preparation for such a contingency.
Damascus has also raised the alert level along its borders, and has placed three armored divisions, nine infantry brigades and special forces near its border with Lebanon's Bekaa valley, fearing an Israeli infiltrati
During the five-day preparation operation, Israel will reportedly simulate conventional and non-conventional missile strikes to test emergency response against Iran and Syria as well as the evacuation of cities.
The operation is slated to begin on April 6
Syria believes Israel will attack Hizbullah pre-emptively, and that the IDF may cut off the Beirut-Damascus Road in order to stop arms from being shipped to Hizbullah.
Sources in Damascus say Syria has been calling up reservist soldiers for what the country believes will be an Israeli strike on Hizbullah. Syria came up with the idea after remarks from people in the Israeli Government that it deemed to be a suggestion that Israel is preparing public opinion for war.
Hizbullah has repeatedly called for Israel's destruction, and has vowed to attack Israeli and Jewish targets worldwide what what it believes was Israel's involvement in the killing of Hizbullah leader Imad Mugniyah. Mugniyah killed hundreds of civilians during his 30-year career in terror.
Hizbullah has been stockpiling weapons since the Second Lebanon War. In fact, the terrorist group now has about three times as many weapons as it had in 2006. Iran and Syria passed on about 10,000 long range missiles that can hit Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, and 20,000 more rockets that can be fired roughly 70km. 4/2/2008
Hamas Supports Palestinian State Within '67 Borders, But Still Holds That Israel Should Be Destroyed
Hamas Political Chief Khaled Masha'al surprised many today as he announced Hamas will agree to a Palestinian State within the 1967 borders. Masha'al told a Palestinian newspaper that he would uphold a vote in 2006 that created a consensus regarding the borders of a Palestinian State. He says that commitment is acceptable to the Arab World.
But, Masha'al also said that Palestinians must be able to move to Israel-proper, and was unwilling to budge on Hamas' charter which demands that Israel be destroyed. Hamas will also not recognize Israel's right to exist. Masha'al said Hamas will commit to a cease-fire only if it includes both Gaza and the West Bank. 4/2/2008