"Syrian concerns should have stemmed from Israel, but for days now Israel is doing everything possible to convince Damascus it is not in any danger." Just like ordinary German school teachers, Mr. Schiff seems to have the conviction that threat is the right way to achiev something in diplomacy. But when Gilad was abducted and Olmert sent some IAF-planes to Latakia where Bashar was sitting, this one, who is rather quiet in general, declared: "Damascus-Hamas has nothing to do with the abduction, it's the Gaza ones.", thus denying Syrian responsibility at once although he might even not have known the details. All he wanted to say was: "Piss off!"
from the article: ANALYSIS: Israel failing to give U.S. the military cards it needs