Syria ready to confront Israel
Syria said it is preparing for all possible scenarios through developing the country's capabilities to confront any Israeli attack. "When the language of understanding with Israel regarding the peace process comes to an end, Syria will be prepared for any possibility," Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad was quoted as saying by the state-run daily al-Thawra on Tuesday.
Mekdad added Israel's five-day nationwide drill was aimed at restoring its military deterrence, which was lost in the 33-day Lebanon War in the summer of 2006. As Israel steps up its efforts to generate this "centralized atmosphere" in order to reap benefit from the Lebanon War, [Syria] draws plans in advance for a conflict, he added.