ISRAEL: ANOTHER FACE IN THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR




İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-According to AFP News Agency, Syrian regime shot four Israeli jets as they violated Syrian air space. Regime sources asserted that Israeli jets were targeting as military base near ancient city of Palmyra.

Also, Israeli sources confirmed the event and an officer from defense ministry told to Sputnik as "I can say that the sirens were the result of the incident," referring to the launch of missiles at Israeli planes that carried out attacks in Syria.

A similar attack was happened in last month as an Israeli military aircraft conductedanother strike on regime forces stationed in the western countryside of Damascus near the Lebanese border. Before that, Israel  bombed a military airport near Damascus, in January. Following that a Syrian official told Sputnik that it was done "to encourage and support terrorists”.

Syrian Civil War caused additional threats for neighboring countries and led irreversible changes in MENA. Israel was one of them.  Intervention of Hezbollah, Iran and pro-Iranian militants to the fighting forced Israel to think more on its policy towards the crisis.  News about sectarian fights and the rise of radical Islam in the battlefield engendered the establishment of two different schools of thought  in Jewish  Parliament and scholars to whether interfere to the situation or not.

The first on of them is: “the devil we know” school. It argues that with all his faults Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime are preferable to an Islamist or jihadist alternative, power of Deash and to the anarchy. The other one claims that the axis of Iran, Assad’s Syria, and Hezbollah presents a far more serious threat to Israel and government should take measures against them immediately. Some of them even believe that Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters may increase their demands on Golan Heights and undertake military operations to recapture its territories under Israeli control since 1967. Besides, it has been alleged that some Israeli officers and elites appreciate the situation and prefer a divided Syria, including providing support to Kurdish movements.

As the Syrian node become more insoluble each day, states re-count their policies on the issue over and over. Hopefully, it will not devolve.