Not long ago, we saw claims of a Syrian Artillery round striking Israeli territory, at which point Israel responded swiftly and with greater force,
destroying any armored units and mortar crews in the area along the border. This was the first test of the world stage by Israeli forces. In some
instances we can consider the actions of Israel just, because a round did land in the borderlands, but as far as I know, no serious damage happened
and the round was accidental not intentional.
All of that aside, it was the first test as far as the world goes, on Israeli action with in Syrian borders.
This is an article outlining mostly the Gazan conflict, with the single stray shell mentioned briefly. It was lumped in with much of the conflict
going on in Gaza, so many of you may have overlooked or, simply disregarded it all together.
Israeli Response to stray
I can not say for a fact the Syrian Shell was intended to hit Israel, but due to fighting along the border I can understand the possibility of an
overworked, crew making a mistake. It was after all a single shell and not a barrage. I will not argue for Syria, or for Israel in this instance, but
the world accepted their actions and I feel it was one of many stepping stones to a potential Israeli/western intervention in Syria.
These Airstrikes carried out in Syria, are likely to go with out response from Syrian forces. They can not afford to provoke Israel into what would be
Justified action against them by retaliating while fighting their civil war. How ever, the rebels now stand in a position to provoke Israel giving
them just cause to launch at the very least an aerial campaign over the Syrian nation. There is plenty of fighting through out Syria, with different
factions of rebels, militia, and military. An organized response is unlikely, and until an outsider like Russia finds just cause of the actions we may
see an increase in Russian Navy in the area. The Russians have an interest with Syria, and are quasi allies with Syria. I suppose, ally might be a
stretch but they do sympathize and support Syria in it's current conflict. Having said that if another western nation tries to get involved, Russia
would as well.
This could be Boisterous chest beating by Russia, but I am more than interested to see what their response will be to Israeli Airstrikes over
Sovereign Syrian territory. If Israel, tries to relate the earlier border mishap as justification for the strikes, I would not be surprised.
I will be watching this with careful eyes.