Israel has launched attacks against Syria in a clear attempt to escalate the war to bring in the US and their allies the UK and France.
Not only have air strikes been made on as yet undisclosed targets in Syria, but the Israelis flew to their weapons launch points (apparently the Israeli aircraft didn’t actually enter Syrian airspace but used stand-off weapons) after flying in Lebanon airspace in an attempt to provoke Hezbollah as well as the Syrian government.
The strike comes at a point in the war when Israel has accused al-Assad forces of using chemical weapons. Israel is hoping that Obama will believe the Israelis and make good on his promise that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrians would be a ‘red line’ as far as the US are concerned. So far, Obama isn’t biting. The Israelis seem to think they can shove the US along a bit by showing in effect that, if the US won’t do anything about Syria’s ‘WMDs’, then they will. And, just to rub salt into the crisis, they’ll do it over Hezbollah’s heads.
It’s unlikely that this alone will spark off a regional war that Israel seeks, but it’s certainly a step in that direction.