Five years ago Israel's strategists and specialist journalists such as Bar'el had predicted that Assad's govt would not survive another year. This prediction was a complete failure. Syria, despite not being a military power of any significance continues to being an important factor for Israel and will be more so in the future. In the long run Iran will develop its weapons and the position of Syria will become even more critical. to avoid a large-scale threat Israel might consider attacking Lebanon and Syria during the next 5 years or so. I think this is quite probable. The way to do it for Israel is to perturb its northern boundary or another disproportionate attack to both Gaza and West Bank to agitate Hizzies. We will wait and see.
Three Afula residents arrested in right-wing protest (Haaretz)
from the article: Netanyahu would meet Assad 'any time, any place'