Perhaps this is true and the Syrians are simply fearful, but it scarcely boosts regional confidence to get a few Arab neighbouring governments to assure others of your peaceful intentions whilst speedily arming yourself with Hissy-style and other weapons systems in deals with Iran and Russia. The sooner the Americans incinerate all Iranian military facitilites and resources, of course, the better. For once that that is done, Syrian arming will not be so readily thought to be part of some scheme involving a millenary theocrat doomsday Iran.
Islamic State destroys part of Syria's Temple of Bel, monitoring group says (Reuters)
from the article: Senior Arab officials tell Israel that Syria is not planning to attack