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Israeli Planes in Syria's Skies: Theories, Threats and Warnings

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007

JERUSALEM -- In Israel, a country where everyone has an opinion and every home has at least one senior military expert, the events that (may or may not have) transpired in Syria last Thursday have fueled a frantic round of nervous speculation and analysis.

Last week, Syrian authorities announced they had fired anti-aircraft weapons at Israeli planes illegally flying over their territory. At the time, Israeli officials refused to comment. Since then, the entire government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has maintained complete silence on the issue, displaying a level of discipline that has left Israelis utterly amazed. The government is so determined to keep quiet on the subject that the prime minister broke with tradition and canceled his annual round of interviews scheduled for the Jewish New Year. Those who know what exactly happened may not be talking, but just about everyone else has a theory. ...

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