Israel is reportedly preparing to strike arms depots and weapons manufacturing plants in
Syria, claiming they belong to the Islamic resistance movement
Hezbollah, a report says. Tel Aviv has escalated its military presence in the occupied Golan
Heights and the northern part of the Shebaa Farms, the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz said, citing a report in the Saturday edition of the Kuwaiti daily Al Rai.
The report quoted European sources as saying that recent Israeli
reconnaissance flights, which violated Lebanese and Syrian airspace, are
indications that Israel is ready to start a war in the area.
The potential targets are located far inside Syrian territory, the report added.
Israel remains technically at war with both Syria and Lebanon since
it refuses to return the lands it occupied alongside vast expanses of
other Arab territories during large-scale military operations in 1967.
In September 2007, at least four Israeli fighters crossed into
Syrian airspace and launched an attack on an alleged nuclear facility,
which caused a significant rise in tension.
Turkey-mediated talks between the two sides fell apart after Israel
started the December 2008-January 2009 war on the Gaza Strip, which
killed over 1,400 Palestinians.
Israel also started a war against Lebanon in 2006, which killed about 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians.
Israeli President Shimon Peres leveled a whole host of accusations
against both countries, saying Damascus had supplied Russian-made scud
missiles to Hezbollah, which defended the country during Israel's
attacks on Lebanon.