Mossad chief Meir Dagan
Photo: Haim Zach
Resuming peace negotiations with Syria may lead to war, Mossad chief Meir Dagan recently warned a closed government meeting.
Dagan believes that the current diplomatic stalemate between Israel and Syria is maintaining stability.
During the meeting, Dagan said that the peace signals coming from Damascus were only tactical, adding that his remarks were not only based on estimates, but on intelligence information as well.
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Dagan said that if negotiations between Israel and Syria fell through, this could lead to war, and therefore Israel should seek to maintain the status quo.
The Mossad chief believes that the chances Syria will launch a war against Israel are slim, as the Syrians understand that they will suffer heavy damage. According to him, the current Syrian deployment is only for defense purposes.
Although the Syrian army's Scud missiles could cause heavy damage to the Israeli home front, they will not cause Israel to surrender, and the Syrians are aware of that, Dagan said.