Israeli Intelligence Chief, Aharon Ze’evi Farkash, said on Sunday that if the U.N report on the assassination of Rafiq Al Hariri, the former Lebanese Prime Minister, implicates the Syrian regime, Israel can expect escalation along in the north.

Farkash added that escalation could be expected in the entire area, and claimed that Israel has evidence which links Iran and Syria to the recent escalation and confrontation between Hezbollah fighters and Israeli soldiers in the north.
Notably, five senior Syrian officials are slated to depart to Vienna for interrogation by UN officials on “their involvement of the assassination of Al Hariri. The final report on this issue will be submitted by the end of this month.   
Detlev Mehlis, head of the U.N. investigative committee, submitted recently an initial report which revealed that Syria did not cooperate with the investigation committee in full in light to international pressure.
Meanwhile, the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, said that Hezbollah Party is serious in his threats to abduct Israeli soldiers and trade them with detainees. He instructed his Chief of Staff to put the army on alert.

Farkash stated that the escalation along the borders with Lebanon is part of what he described as a “strategic move” by Hezbollah in order to “reduce the pressure on Syria”.