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For years Israeli military intelligence has down-played Syria's capacity to launch a meaningful attack against Israel, and the threat level has been kept "low".
But Israeli reports have revealed that the threat level had been raised after intelligence assessments that Damascus is "seriously examining" military action.
"Assad wants to use threats as leverage to build on Israel's failures in Lebanon," said Mr Brom. "But any sane observer understands that Syrian military forces cannot match Israel, mostly due to our air superiority."
Originally posted by edsinger
I doubt it also, Assad is not stupid......
But he sure is doing some stupid things......
Originally posted by darksided
I found this interesting editorial on the subject the other day. I'm not sure what is going on, because the only thing I learned during the Israel - Lebanon war is that few sources can be trusted for reliable information, but I tend to agree something is happening.
I'm not convinced that 'something' is war, but I'm not convinced intentions are peaceful either.
Syria fires on Israeli jets
Air defences fired on Israeli warplanes that entered Syrian airspace early today and forced them to flee, according to state-run Syrian TV, as tensions escalated over the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants.
Israel said its planes buzzed the summer residence of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Mediterranean coastal city of Latakia, flying low enough to cause a noise on the ground.