The Israeli army has decided that war with Syria is unlikely and is rotating forces out of the occupied Golan Heights after months of cross-border tension, Israeli security officials said. The decision by Israel's military followed months of increasing tensions along the frontier and concerns that the escalation could result in war.
According to the AP, the Israeli officials said Syria's military has now reduced its war readiness. Israeli forces scheduled to hold maneuvers on the Golan Heights would now be moved away from the border to the country's south to further reduce tensions, the officials said. The Israeli army had previously increased its training exercises in the Golan Heights since the end of the war with Hizbullah last summer.