Jerusalem Report

The Syria spiral

Incidents on the Syrian front may drag Israel into a vicious cycle of escalation.

IDF tanks are deployed on Golan, March 19, after IAF hit Syria military sites in response to a bomb
Photo by: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
ISRAEL’S TIGHTROPE dance with Syria hit a new snag last month. For the first time during the three years of Syria’s bloody civil war, the Israel Air Force openly bombed targets belonging to President Bashar Assad’s army.

The IDF took responsibility for the action, one that could bring on an escalation and drag the Israeli government reluctantly into a military conflict, which – at least at this stage – it does not seem to want to be a part of. It was the first time during the civil war that Israel admitted that its air force attacked Syrian positions.

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