from its radical Baath Party power brokers to "take back the Golan" if all attempts to take it back "peacefully" have been "proven" to have failed. Israel has no reason to strike first; it holds the card it wants, the Golan Heights, which has preserved the quiet on the Israel-Syrian border since 1973. It is Syria that seeks to recover this card, and the Syrian regime which is under pressure to act to preserve legitimacy in the eyes of its policed population. Israel on the other hand, is keen to legitimize the status quo, of no war prevailing in the north, with the Golan under Israeli control. This is the message the Israeli government wants to convey to the Israeli people and to the world. However, if Syria chooses to attack Israel, Israel will retaliate against Syria with all its might.
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