Olmert warns Syria
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Knesset (Parliament) Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday that Israel would use more force in any war with Syria than it did in the recent conflict in Lebanon. "If we have go to war with Syria, we will do away the limitations on the use of force we placed upon ourselves in Lebanon," Olmert said, according to Haaretz.
"What we have done in Lebanon amounts to a deterring element against the Syrians, because they now realize that while in Lebanon we have restrained our use of force, in a campaign against them we will not adhere to such restraints," the Israeli leader was quoted as saying.
He said he would be happy to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, but said he doubted that the conditions existed to hold negotiations with Syria.