Israeli politicians are not known for keeping their opinions to themselves. However, this week the leaders in Jerusalem stayed uncharacteristically reserved and succinct in their comments about Israel’s position vis-à-vis an American led military attack on Syria, in response to the regime in Damascus’ use of chemical weapons against its own citizens.
Quiet as a mouse
Israel might not see Bashar al-Assad as the ideal neighbor, but it is even more apprehensive of his potential successors.Yossi Mekelberg
Whether these are just empty threats rather than a real declaration of intent to attack Israel, it might still set in motion a miscalculated chain of events which could lead to confrontation. General Gantz was quick to suggest that Israel would not like to take part in the conflict taking place inside the borders of its northern neighbor, but clarified if fired at, Israel will make the aggressor pay very heavily “… and the losses of the enemy will be stinging and difficult.” Since an American attack of some scale seems imminent, some confrontation which involves Israel might not be outside the realm of possibility.