Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has urged the United States to exert “very heavy” pressure on neighboring Syria to dislodge militant organizations supported by Damascus, but stopped short of advocating military action that analysts warn could put Israel in far more imminent danger from missile attacks than ever posed by Iraq. Sharon and his defense minister, in parallel interviews published today in Israel’s two most influential Hebrew daily newspapers, outlined “precise and specific” demands they suggested the United States impose on Syria. Sharon recommended “very heavy” U.S. pressure against Syria that would entail “not necessarily going to war, but diplomatic and economic pressure,” in an interview published in Yedioth Aharonoth. Full Story
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