Analysis Assad's Attack on Israel Intended to Defend His Honor, Not Country

The Syrian firing of missiles at Israeli jets doesn’t necessarily point to a critical situation on the border. If the shooting continues, however, Israel will be obliged to eliminate the danger – and the road to a direct clash won't be that long.

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Paradoxically, it was the border with Israel – the quietest and most marginal in the Syrian conflict – which supplied the first significant violation of the cease-fire that took effect on Monday night....