Syria quietly opens Damascus road to Quneitra, tying up last tactical ends of plan for cross-border terrorist campaign in Golan

DEBKAfile Intelligence

July 5, 2007

On July 4, Radio Damascus’ political commentator said the large-scale Israeli military exercise which ended that night on Golan means Israel is about to go to war against Syria. However, a week before the Israeli maneuver, DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s military sources discovered that Syria had on June 26 quietly opened the Damascus-Golan road to Quneitra to civilian traffic for the first time in 40 years, even through civilian habitation in the town is still barred. The road is now open for Syrian-trained terrorists to cross the Golan border in civilian guise for attacks on Israel civilian and military targets without laying Damascus open to a charge of aggression, a ploy of which Israel may be less tolerant than Lebanon and US forces in Iraq.