The whole goal here was to get obscure the pretense of the clash -- which they accomplished, and get the IDF to overreact -- which they also did. It's a total win for team Lebanon. Because frankly, in the eyes of the outside world, excluding the U.S., any escalation of violence from this point would result in a media disaster for Israel. Contrasting the typical position of Arab countries Syria's immediate response gives them some political brownie points with not just the Lebanese, but also from people within neutral countries outside of the region.
Abbas: West Bank arson is a 'crime against humanity', vows to petition ICC (Haaretz)
from the article: Israeli officer killed in clash on Israel-Lebanon border