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A Potential Danger on the Northern Front

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The missile that was fired from Syria toward Israel and Israel’s response to it seem like another localized incident, despite the potential for a broader confrontation that lies in the precedent of a ground-to-ground missile being fired at Israeli territory. The widespread assumption is that Syria and Iran are not interested in starting a war; this is based on rational assessments that such a confrontation would not serve the interests of Israel’s enemies, who are still embroiled in a war in Syria and are seeking to come to a diplomatic agreement that will end that eight-year conflict.

Israel doesn’t have any interest in broadening the Syrian front either; it is adhering to its policy of preventing the transfer of Iranian weapons from Syria to Lebanon. But the skirmishes between the Israel Defense Forces and the Syrian and Iranian forces indicate that the........

© Haaretz