there is a perception of syria per se as impotent

Liberman warns Syrians any confrontation will ‘end badly for them’
Yoav Zitun, Roi Kais, Ynet, Sep 11 2017

Speaking at a ceremony honoring soldiers of the Bedouin community in Israel, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Monday said:

I strongly suggest to our neighbors in the north not to try us or make threats, because we take all threats seriously. I do not suggest entering into a confrontation with the State of Israel. Because for them it would end badly, very badly!

The comments came in response to Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, who threatened repercussions after accusing Israel of carrying out an airstrike last week on the state’s Scientific Studies and Research Center. Mekdad said:

The Israeli attack will not divert attention and determination in the war against terrorism supported by Israel. The time will come when Israel will pay the price for its attacks.

Expressing his hope for greater stability in the region, Lieberman nevertheless cast doubt on the possibility in the near future in light of Mekdad’s statements. Lieberman said unconvincingly during the ceremony:

We all hope that one day the Middle East will become a region of peace, cooperation and coexistence, but unfortunately, today we also heard threats coming from our northern border, and I am referring to the words of the Syrian deputy foreign minister.

Earlier, IOF clown for the Arab press Maj Avichai Adraee published a picture of himself holding a sign in Arabic saying:

If you dare, we will surprise you.

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Adraee’s display of confidence came after members of Hezbollah addressed him with threatening messages in a similar manner during their recent fighting against Daesh and Nusra on the Syrian-Lebanese border. Hezbollah responded with posters of their own saying:

If you think about it, we will destroy you.

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At the same time, the IDF is in the midst of holding its largest military drill in nearly 20 years along the border with Lebanon, an 11-day combined arms exercise which involves tens of thousands of soldiers and simulates war against Hezbollah. Hezbollah Sheikh Naim Qassem told al-Manar:

In our assessment, the Israeli drill is not meant to prepare them for a war at the present time. It stems from political considerations, and is primarily designed for recruitment purposes. Nonetheless, we are in constant readiness for war. Regarding the attack attributed to Israel in Syria, it is not a prelude to war. There is no need to blow the situation out of proportion.

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