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Border Bravado

Israeli-Syrian tensions escalate, but Barak downplays new threats


Israel is downplaying threats that it will suffer cross-border attacks once it withdraws its troops from southern Lebanon. Ever since the Cabinet approved the withdrawal a month ago, there has been speculation that Hezbollah gunmen would attack communities in northern Israel. This week there was a new threat, issued by Lebanon's defense minister, that Syria would send its army into southern Lebanon if Israel withdraws from the area.

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