At the kickoff of "Sacred Defense Week" in Iran, its military leaders announced mass production plans for three long-range missile systems, boasting that, collectively, they will provide Tehran with targets anywhere - and with any level of destructive power.
A coalition of Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah forces has assembled only 5 miles (8 km) from Israel's northern border. Israel is not its immediate objective, but it is very much on the minds of Assad and his military partners.
In a worst case scenario, 750,000 Israelis will have to be evacuated in the Jewish State's next war. In preparation, there is a nationwide 4-day drill this coming Sunday through Wednesday.
Israel has developed a policy vis-a-vis Syria that includes a worst-case outcome of the current conflict there. The stance Israel has adopted is changing its status in the Middle East.
Almost immediately after the US, Russia and Syria's "ceasefire" began on Monday night, a "spillover" mortar exploded in Israel's Golan Heights. The official interpretation is that it was accidental. Nonetheless, Israel responded "as if" it was deliberate. When Jerusalem's jets struck back, they were fired on by Syrian surface-to-air missiles. Was an Israeli plane shot down?