Syrian officials were quick to condemn this weekend’s Israeli attacks as an act of war, something which perhaps would’ve been much more meaningful if the nations weren’t already in a state of de facto war for decades, but there has been no retaliation.
And indeed, Israeli officials are betting that’s going to stay the case. Officials familiar with a special cabinet meeting today say that the assumption is that Syria won’t, an since they’re in the middle of a civil war realistically can’t, launch any serious retaliation.
The attacks have centered on putative missiles that might conceivably end up with Hamas, even though they are a type of missile Hezbollah reportedly already has in their arsenal. Syria says they are considering their options, and Israeli analysts see it as a risky venture, one which doesn’t seem to gain them much.