TIMELINE: Recent developments on the Syrian front
In the past week, tensions with Syria increased over accusations of chemical weapon use and culminated with two strikes on Syrian targets, which Israeli and U.S. officials attributed to Israel.
Sunday May 5 - Despite tensions with Syria, Netanyahu is still scheduled to leave for China on 7:00 PM Sunday evening.
Sunday May 5 – Friday morning's attack heightens the risk of a response from Syria or Hezbollah, a situation the Israeli public might not be fully aware of.
Sunday May 5 – Israel may have used "standoff" missiles in its alleged attack against Syrian weapons headed for Lebanon.
Saturday May 4 – Israeli officials confirmed the IAF carried out a strike against Syria early on Friday that targeted a shipment of advanced "game changing" missiles, not chemical weapons.
Saturday May 4 - A Syrian rebel website claimed that the IAF strike targeted five sites near and around the Damascus airport, including fuel tanks and ammunition supplies.
Saturday May 4 – American officials said the early Friday IAF strike on Syria targeted Iranian missiles that Israel thought were headed for Hezbollah. A shipment of surface-to-surface Fateh-110 missiles was being stored in the Damascus airport when they were struck.
Saturday May 4 – Israel has the right to defend against the transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah, such an attack is justified, President Obama said the day after the strike.
Friday May 3 – New defense minister, Moshe Ya'alon, dealt deftly with the media uproar after the surprise IDF exercise in the north, despite having not been informed about it prior.
Wednesday May 1 – U.S. President Barak Obama is ready to arm Syrian rebels and increase American efforts to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad. U.S. is still interested in a political solution and is expected to reach a decision in the coming weeks, officials said.
Wednesday May 1 - Former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi told CNN that not responding to Assad's use of chemical weapons, once it can be confidently determined that he did, would send "the wrong message."
Tuesday April 30 – Iran said that it regards use of chemical weapons as a red line, but says Syrian rebels are to blame, not the government. Ali Akbar Salehi, Iranian foreign minister, reiterated calls for the United Nations to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Tuesday April 30 – Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said accusations that Syria used chemical weapons were attempts to justify foreign intervention. He also made his strongest indication yet that his powerful Shiite Muslim group is ready to get more involved to aid President Assad's regime.