Peres denies escalation with Syria Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST
Apr. 3, 2008

"We have no intention at all of attacking Syria - Israel is not looking to go to war, and I hear that Syria says the same," said President Shimon Peres Thursday, "but there are some sources who have interests in heating up the [northern border] area."

The president, speaking whilst on a visit in Arad, stated that in his estimation, the sensation of the eve of a war in the north is a sensation only, and it will pass soon.

Also responding to security forces state of high alert along the northern border, Deputy Prime Minster Haim Ramon said Thursday morning that "Israel has no intention of attacking Syria.

Speaking to Israel Radio, he added that "the anxiety of the last few days is surprising, and has no basis."

"Whilst the government is always looking to negotiate with Syria," said Ramon, "unfortunately Syria is stuck deep in the evil axis of connections with Hizbullah."

Also Thursday, Defense Ministry's Diplomatic-Security Bureau head Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, confirmed that despite reports of Syrian reserves being called up, the northern front is not facing a new eruption of war.

"Syria isn't interested in attacking Israel, and vice versa," he said.

Gilad added that "the overseas publication of the fact that three Syrian divisions were called up is incorrect."

Original article: Jerusalem Post
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