Golan Heights

An Israeli soldier walks next to Merkava tanks in the Israeli annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria on May 22, 2013. (credit: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Air Force Chief Warns Syrian Tension Could Escalate Into ‘Surprise War’

Israel’s air force chief warned Wednesday that tensions with Syria could escalate into a “surprise war” and that Israel needs to be ready.


Israeli soldiers patrol next to the border fence on May 7, 2013 on border with Syria, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. (credit: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Israel: Syria’s Assad Will ‘Bear The Consequences’ Of Further Escalation

Israeli and Syrian troops exchanged fire across their tense cease-fire line in the Golan Heights on Tuesday, prompting an Israeli threat that Syria’s leader will “bear the consequences” of further escalation and raising new concerns that the civil war there could explode into a region-wide conflict.