A senior Jordanian official has confirmed that the Hashemite Kingdom is allowing the Israelis to fly unmanned drones over its air space as part of the Israeli monitoring of the situation in Syria.
Israeli military’s chief of staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz has warned Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad that he will “bear the consequences” if Syria continues to attack Israel.
Lt Gen Gantz told an audience at Haifa University on Tuesday: “We will not allow the area of the Golan Heights to become a comfortable place for Mr Assad.”
Israeli and Syrian forces have exchanged fire in the Golan Heights in the latest in a series of incidents on the border.
The Syrian army claimed it had destroyed an IDF jeep that it said had infiltrated into Syrian territory in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
When a window of opportunity presented itself last weekend to prevent Hizbollah and jihadist fighters in Syria from acquiring strategic and chemical weapons, Israel acted.
The destruction of a missile depot and chemical weapons sites came after intelligence reports indicated that rapid action was imperative.
As the Syrian civil war spirals into mindless violence, the Western powers’ response to the turmoil is increasingly confused and contradictory.
Israel has downplayed the possibility of escalation following its air strikes on Syrian targets over the weekend.
Yair Golan, head of the IDF northern command, told Israeli reporters: "It is always right to prepare and train, but there are no winds of war.”
for the first time, the US is considering arming rebel groups in Syria.
America’s toughening stance on the issue follows the reported use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.
Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister , Zeev Elkin , has asked world leaders to “take control " of Syria's stocks of chemical weapons.
Israeli intelligence officials say the moment is fast approaching when the country’s so-called “red line” triggers for military action in both Syria and Iran will have been crossed.
President Bashar al-Assad is already believed to have crossed the line in Syria by using chemical weapons.