Syria didn't respond through military intervention when Israel actually bombed a nuclear weapons reactor, at Syria's full strength. That didn't mean there was nothing to fear from them. The only thing currently holding Assad's military together is the 100K Iranian conscript army occupying the remnants of a now 50K military force. How quick are the critics of Netanyahu to come out and forget that Syria has a conscription system where every male is a part of the military, that was at full strength prior to the civil war. To look at Syria's strength now and laugh is a disservice to the Rebels who have fought hard to reduce Assad's strength to a spectre. Israel had every right to fear a powerful military engine that is currently ravaged by desertion and defections. The Syrian Golan threat is real, for the very same reasons Netanyahu struck. The belief has always been that Iran would use the mountains as a shield to launch an attack into Israel, and behold, it was Iranian weapons Netanyahu destroyed in Syria. Pres. Bush does not receive such grief for a war in Iraq for still yet to be found WMDs as Netanyahu does fighting an Iranian threat as the footage of the secondary explosions and the Iranian bombs detonating is being played around the world. Thank you for your time.
Law expanding definition of terrorist activity passes first Knesset reading (Haaretz)
from the article: Syria's army is not quite what Israelis have been led to believe