A Syrian politician said that he expects his country to go to war with Israel at some point this summer, according to a report in the London Telegraph.

The comments by Mohammad al Habash to Al Jazeera highlight tensions between Israel and Syria as both sides are reportedly building up their military presence along their border despite calls by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for peace.

The Israeli army is currently taking part in military wargames along the border while Syria is bolstering its presence with anti-tank and -aircraft weapons and missiles, according to Israeli intelligence officials.

Officials from both sides fear a misstep or accidental provocation that could spark a war that neither side wants.

"Israel seeks peace with Syria," Olmert told his security cabinet while warning that "miscalculations that could cause the security situation to worsen".

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