Report: Arab states tell Israel Syria is not planning attack
Two Arab states have told Israel that Syria is not planning to attack in the coming months. In its headline story on Sunday, the Tel Aviv-based Haaretz reported the messages were relayed by senior-level officials and are based in part on talks with Syrian officials.
According to the newspaper, the officials claimed the Syrian military preparations are defensive, and are a "mirror image" of similar Israeli movements in the occupied Golan Heights.
Meanwhile, Syria has received 10 batteries of advanced anti-aircraft missiles, Russian sources reported. This is the first in a series of shipments that are to include 36 such batteries. The anti-aircraft missiles are part of a $900 million arms deal, Moscow's Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported Friday, citing Russian military industry sources.