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Lebanon's army and resistance movement of Hezbollah are on high alert in southern Lebanon to be ready for any Israeli hostile moves.
The Lebanese army Commander Michel Suleiman put all military units in southern Lebanon on full alert, Lebanese daily as-Safir reported.
"Suleiman ordered the army to be ready to prevent any possible violation of the Lebanese coastal waters and targeting civilians by the Israeli army," the paper quoted informed sources speaking on condition of anonymity.
AMMAN - Arab and Israeli rivals are preparing for the possibility of an imminent major war while simultaneously trying to talk down the rising tensions.
The London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi on Wednesday quoted Syrian officials as saying Damascus was bracing for an Israeli attack by deploying three armored divisions and nine infantry brigades near Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and they have summoned up reserve forces.
Nevertheless, the reported Syrian forces' movements coincide with Israeli preparations to hold the largest military maneuvers and nationwide drills since the end of its 2006 summer war against Lebanon's Hezbollah, which ended without the intended Israeli victory of crushing the Iran-backed Shiite guerrilla organization.
Coincidentally, or not, the April 6-10 war games and drills will start on the day the Syrian authorities are due to release their findings on the assassination of Hezbollah's top military commander Imad Mughnieh.
The Hezbollah organization, backed by Syria, has accused Israel of killing Mughnieh in a car bombing in Damascus in February. While Israel denied involvement, Hezbollah leaders have vowed to retaliate against Israel.
Israeli commentators speculated the release of the Syrian findings on Mughnieh's assassination will be tantamount to a signal for Hezbollah to take the revenge it promised Israel.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak apparently called off a planned visit to Germany next week because of the war games and, some Arab analysts say, an anticipated Hezbollah retaliation involving its Syrian and Iranian supporters.
Apr 27, 2007
The IDF on Thursday held intensive training maneuvers in preparation for a feared Syrian attack on the Golan Heights.
Since the Second Lebanon War, Military Intelligence has claimed that war with Syria is now closer than ever, and the IDF is on heightened alert in the North in preparation for the possibility of a surprise attack.
They have learned that Iran has offered to deploy Revolutionary Guards on the Golan border with Israel by the end of summer, because as Najjar said at the signing: “We have a common front against Israel’s threats.”
Israel's defense minister, citing tensions with Syria and Lebanon, postponed a visit to Germany.
Ehud Barak was to have traveled to Berlin this for strategic talks about the Middle East but postoned the trip indefinitely, aides said.
Barak was reluctant to leave Israel, they said, during a nationwide war drill which coincides with concern that there could be a new conflagration with Lebanese Hezbollah or its Syrian patrons.