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Syrians Set on War Against Israel, Damascus Report Says

August 22, 1966
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The Syrians are set to make war against Israel. The Sunday Observer reported here today in a dispatch by its correspondent in Damascus. “Only a miracle,” cabled the correspondent from the Syrian capital, “can now save the Syrian-Israeli border from exploding into fresh violence. Troops and planes are poised to strike on both sides of the line.”

“The mood in Syria,” the report continued, “is dangerously inflammable.” The correspondent stressed that for the first time in many years, experienced observers believe large-scale warfare on the Syrian-Israeli frontier is possible.

According to The Sunday Observer’s Damascus report, the new Syrian posture, changing from defensive to offensive, “is not a bluff or a mere propaganda exercise.” The policy, the correspondent asserted, represents the “passionately held beliefs of the Syrian revolutionaries and the Baath Party extremists, who now run Syria.” These younger men, he declared, are “profoundly impatient” with the “cautious Palestine policy” of Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt, and “went to carry war into Israel, whatever the cost.”

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