UN peacekeepers monitor the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border from an army post at Mount Bental in the Golan Heights last July (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90)
L. Todd Wood, Washington Times: Israel and Syria move closer to war
Quneitra is the long destroyed and mostly abandoned former Syrian capital of the Golan Heights. Israel occupies two-thirds of the Golan since capturing it decades ago during the 20th-century Arab Israeli wars. However, with Russian assistance, the Syrian Army under the control of Bashar Assad has become more capable and brazen.
Over the last few days Syria fired two SA-2 surface to air missiles against Israeli aircraft that have operated freely in Syrian airspace for some time due to Assad’s weakened condition during the Syrian Civil War. Israel routinely destroys weapons shipments into Syria that it fears will be a threat to the Jewish State. The IDF also routinely retaliates against artillery rounds or rockets fired from Syria that land on Israeli soil.
However, one thing is already clear: The firing of two S-200 surface-to-air missiles in the Quneitra region was not a coincidence. The Syrian army released an official statement on the incident. This is the first known instance of Assad’s army retaliating to Israeli military activity in Syrian territory since the country’s civil war began some five-and-a-half years ago, reports the Jerusalem Post.
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WNU Editor: I do not see such a conflict happening .... especially as the Syrian civil war continues to rage (even with a ceasefire). And even if the Syrian civil war should end today .... it will take Syria decades to rebuild before they would be even remotely able to stand up to Israel.