Assad Green-Lights Palestinian ‘Operations’ Against Israel on the Golan Heights, Threatens Missile Attacks
Two mortar shells struck Israel’s Golan Heights on Monday in the early evening local time. Though the IDF described the mortars as accidental spillover from fighting across the border in Syria, they are bound to deepen fears of escalating violence in the region.
On Friday and Sunday Israel reportedly struck Iranian and Hezbollah assets based in Syria. The Israelis have subsequently made extensive efforts to dampen tensions - IAF jets had conducted the air strikes from Lebanese air space, staying out of Syria - but nonetheless Damascus has been signaling that it may escalate the situation.
Most pointedly, Syrian state TV announced today that President Bashar al-Assad was activating Palestinian groups to retaliate against Israel.