Israeli soldiers watch the flames on a mountain side in the El-Rom settlement in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on June 28, 2015, after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Syrian side. AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY
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Indications of increased Russian involvement in Syria in support of President Bashar Assad are prompting a reassessment in Israel about how to handle fallout from the conflict without risking a clash with Moscow.In separate remarks to Reuters, Gilad said it was too early to know how extensive Moscow's military involvement in Syria would be and whether it might clip Israel's wings operationally.Israel has sought to stay out of the Syrian civil war, seeing enemies on all sides.Amos Yadlin, an Israeli air force ex-general and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's former military intelligence chief, said Israel and Russia were unlikely to find themselves pitted against each other in Syria as they had different areas of interest.I assume that we will be very careful, and so will they," said Yadlin, now director of Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies.He predicted Russian forces would avoid the Golan, near Israel's northern front, and Israel would think twice about carrying out airstrikes where Russians might be harmed.
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