Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Israeli TV: Israeli army training in model Syrian villages in preparation for a war this summer with Syria
"Bethlehem - Ma'an report - Israeli TV revealed on Tuesday evening that the Israeli forces are training in model Syrian villages and towns in preparation for a possible war between the two countries.
The television program showed photos of Israeli army training sessions attended by Israeli defence minister Amir Peretz and chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, who said, "We are ready for any deterioration on the Gaza Strip front and the Syrian front." the photos also revealed that the army is training how to break into towns and villages like those in Syria.
Ashkenazi said, "I hope there will be no war but the training is part of preparing the army for any emergency; we have to make use of every day to train so that we can be ready for any attack."
Peretz said that the training is a message to the Syrians. "We don’t have the intention to start a war but this is a message to tell them that we are ready for it if it occurs; we are carrying out training in the same time the Syrians are doing so". "