Halutz: Talk of Syria war premature, exaggerated

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz said Sunday that speculations about an upcoming war with Syria were premature and exaggerated, Army Radio reported. "Damascus may be pulling the strings, but we have lowered the temperature on the northern front," Halutz said at the weekly cabinet meeting. He did not, however, reject the possibility of a future confrontation. "[These speculations are untrue], but we are always assessing," he said, adding that "the Syrians, too, have heard these expressions - sometimes speculation can lead to a result that no one wants." He cautioned, however, that Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah was increasing his efforts to bring down the current anti-Syrian Lebanese government.