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IDF moves military exercise from Golan
Yaakov Katz and staff
Officials fear it could spark war with Syria; Olmert promises Turkish PM information on air-strike.
A large-scale IDF exercise scheduled to begin this week in the Golan Heights has been moved out of fear that the maneuvers and increase in military personnel in the north could trigger a conflict with Syria. The exercise will instead take place in the Upper Galilee. The decision to cancel the Golan Heights-section of the exercise was made even after calming messages had been relayed to the Syrians through diplomatic channels. Meanwhile, in related news, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has promised to issue an official statement on the issue of the fuel tanks dropped in Turkish territory during the Israeli air strike in Syria on September 6, Army Radio reported Thursday. The radio station cited Turkish media reports which claim that Olmert made the commitment during his meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in response to Erdogan's request to receive an explanation on the subject. The two met in London on Tuesday. The information from the two leaders' conversation apparently came from Erdogan. Olmert has thus far refused to give details on the meeting.
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