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The security cabinet will hear intelligence updates on the arming of Syrian forces in a briefing this week. Intelligence sources said they did not believe Syria was preparing for war, despite the fact it is rearming.

Israel's main concern is the possibility that Syria might try to take control of a small area of the Golan to use as a bargaining chip for continued negotiations for the whole territory, as Egypt did with Sinai.

Sources said this week they believed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was being assisted by Turkey to ascertain Syria's intentions.