Fighters loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad ride on military vehicles and tanks after regaining control of Deir al-Adas, a town south of Damascus, Daraa countryside February 10, 2015. Reuters/ Stringer
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The joint offensive in Syria's southern Qunaitra and Deraa provinces mounted by the Syrian army and Hezbollah could have significant ramifications for the fate of the Syrian regime and moderate rebel forces – and possibly trigger a conflict with Israel.Israel, therefore, is watching with some unease the offensive underway a few kilometers to the east from its frontline on the Golan.Last week, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said the "popular uprising" in the Golan (actually the Syrian army, Hezbollah, Iraqi Shiite militias and the NDF militia) had thwarted Israeli attempts to establish a buffer zone in the area.Whether Israeli support for the Syrian rebels is greater than mere humanitarian assistance is unclear. If Israel was willing to risk a war to kill the occupants of two Hezbollah vehicles near Qunaitra, what will it be prepared to do if the Syrian army offensive succeeds in driving rebel forces from the Golan, leaving Hezbollah fighters eyeing Israel from its new frontline?
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