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Israel Demands Syria to Destroy Hezbollah

Israel plans to deliver a list of demands to Syria through the United States, including ousting Hezbollah guerrillas from southern Lebanon and expelling Palestinian militant groups from Damascus, Israel’s defense minister said in remarks published Monday. The minister, Shaul Mofaz, spoke after President Bush warned Damascus on Sunday not to give refuge to members of the fallen Iraqi regime, and said he believes Syria has chemical weapons. Syria has denied harboring fugitives. Faced with a new reality in the Middle East after the Iraq war, Israel sees an opportunity to remove the potential Syrian threat from its borders, Mofaz said in an interview, excerpts of which were published Monday in the Maariv daily. Syria is the main power broker in Lebanon. During Israel’s 18-year occupation of southern Lebanon, Syria allowed weapons from Iran to reach Hezbollah to support the group in its fight with Israel. Full Story

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