CBNNews.com - According to the London-based Arabic newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi, Syrian troops are on high alert against an Israeli invasion.
Three Syrian armored divisions, nine infantry brigades and Special Forces have been deployed along the border with Lebanon's Bekaa valley.
According to the paper, Syrian officials believe remarks by senior Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officials and statements in the Israeli media indicate that Israel is preparing for war.
In response, Syria is conducting military maneuvers at the border, calling up reservists and warning its citizens to prepare for war.
This weekend, Syria's interior ministry will announce the results of an investigation into the assassination of arch-terrorist Imad Mugniyeh, killed by a car bomb in an upscale neighborhood of Beirut, on February 12.
The report is expected to concur with accusations by Hezbollah spiritual leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, claiming Mossad (Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations) agents targeted Mugniyeh.
The article stated that Hezbollah has refrained from revenge attacks to avoid giving Israel an excuse to attack them, but others believe the pinpoint assassination frightened them.
The same fear prompted leaders of Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip and West Bank (Judea and Samaria) to exercise caution in their day-to-day activities.
"If Israel managed to get to Mughniyeh, leaders of Islamic Jihad, Hamas and others will be an easy target," one official said.
Meanwhile, in a briefing Tuesday to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Israeli intelligence officials said Hezbollah may engage a third-party to strike Israel.
"We clearly identify a great deal of activity among Hezbollah. It is growing stronger on all levels, improving its systems, its units and is receiving a great deal of weapons and missiles for medium and long distances," intelligence officials told committee members.
"Hezbollah is readying itself for an escalation that may break out in the north as a result of an operation against Israel. We are not discounting any possibility. There are assessments that they may carry out an operation in the north through another organization," the officials said.
"Hezbollah is operating in southern Lebanon, mostly in villages, in secret and in civilian garb," said the officials.
On Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Harel and GOC Northern Commander Major General Gadi Eisenkut toured the northern border.
"We are looking at this calm and quiet view, but we know that underground there is a great deal of activity," Barak said.
"Hezbollah is growing more powerful, but so are we, and we are following developments," the defense minister said.
"Meanwhile, Hezbollah is deterred, but we are on guard. There is daily activity of combat troops, and we are learning the lessons of the last war. Israel is the strongest country in the region, and I would not recommend that any one from the other side of the border test us," Barak said.
Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz