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Israel has allegedly sent a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad in recent days, warning him that if he starts a war with the Jewish state in order to divert attention from domestic problems, Israel will target him personally. According to a report by Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, the personal warning was sent through Turkey and follows reports of unusual troop movements in Syria, including the relocation of ballistic missiles able to reach Israel. Israeli experts speculate Assad could go on the offensive to divert international attention from internal unrest. Another theory is that an attack could be staged by Assad's long-time allies Hezbollah from Lebanon. In response Israel has deployed new missile defense systems near its border with Lebanon. It follows reports that Hezbollah could be moving its weaponry, stationed in volatile Syria, back to Lebanon. Some fear that Syrian turmoil may destabilize the whole of the region. Things are quiet on the Israel-Lebanon border. But many suspect it is a lull before the storm. Everything hinging on what happens in neighboring Syria and what Hezbollah decides to do with its stockpiles there. “Any opposition group that might take over in Syria will definitely consider Hezbollah as an enemy, as a threat. So for Hezbollah the most logical thing to do is to transfer the weapons they put in Syria into Lebanon,” Eyal Zisser, Professor at Tel Aviv University believes.
The United States has slapped sanctions on a Syrian police unit and Iran's national police for providing support to the Syrian regime. One of the four major branches of Syria's security forces, the Syrian Political Security Directorate, was designated for engaging in the commission of human rights abuses in Syria.
Turmoil in Syria may spill out into war for Israel
“No, Syria is not planning on attacking Israel to divert international attention from them, rather domestic attention. If Assad manages to paint an anti-Zionist image and somehow relate the civil strife to a Western or Jewish conspiracy, then he could possibly win the support of most Syrians. This is a possibility, although I see this as a last resort. Maybe Syria could use Hezb' allah, to fight a proxy war to stir up Arab nationalism, and divert the attention from his regime to Israel.”