From "agencies" via gulfnews.com: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday it would exert its maximum force if it had to go to war with Syria. "Syria knows that we limited ourselves in our operations in Lebanon, and it knows that in an operation against Syria, against Damascus, Israel won't limit itself," Israel Radio cited Olmert as saying. ... Olmert, in a speech to his parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee, also voiced his opposition to beginning negotiations with Syria, meeting participants said. "This is not the time to talk to the Syrians," a member who had attended the meeting quoted Olmert as saying. "He said he would not negotiate with Syria at this time because Syria is the enemy," the committee member said. "Israel will use 'full force' against Syria" 4 September 2006 http://www.gulfnews.com/region/Syria/10064960.html Playing to an increasingly disenchanted gallery at home? Or is this preliminary to more fireworks?