World Bulletin / News Desk
Israel started large-scale military exercises on the occupied Golan Heights under the pretext of Hezbollah reinforcement on the other side.
Israel launched large-scale military exercises on Tuesday on the occupied Golan Heights along the Syrian border on Tuesday in the presence of senior political and military officials.
Israeli Minister Ehud Barak said that "There has been a reinforcement of Hezbollah in recent years, and we are examining the possibility that the balance of power has shifted with the introduction of sophisticated weapons from Syria,"
Barak said that slashing defence spending in a proposed budget aimed at reducing overall expenditure by some 2.6 billion dollars, saying "Israel cannot afford the luxury of undermining its security," said AFP.
The exercises on the Golan were taking place despite the resumption of indirect Turkey-mediated peace talks between Israel and Syria in May after an eight-year break.
Israel captured and occupied the strategic plateau in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and annexed it in 1981.
Last Mod: 13 Ağustos 2008, 08:47