“Leafing through the newspapers, one gets the impression that a new war is around the corner while, actually, Israel has no intention to engage in armed conflicts in the north or south.” In particular, the “hawk” Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Defence, attempts to cool the predictions of those who foresee a new conflict in Israel and in the region, specifically on the border between Lebanon, Syria and Israel-occupied Golan.
The signs are all there. In the past 48 hours, the Israeli army has hit two posts and a truck loaded with ammunition for the Syrian army, after mortar shells were shot from Syria into the Golan. In addition to errant shots, fired during the struggles between government forces and al-Qaeda and jihadist groups operating in southern Syria and near the Golan.
For Israel, which welcomes the fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad and recently was once again accused of having stable contacts with the armed jihadist groups in the Golan, the Damascus government is responsible for these errant shots fired from Syria. Therefore, its reaction is triggered against Syrian troops.