Let's discuss the events of recent days in Syria and Lebanon.
Israel believes is that both Iran and Hezbollah are using the area around the Syrian capital of Damascus as a staging and playing field.
There may be some legitimacy to the argument that Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime is surviving with the aid of the Hezbollah fighters.
Mr. Assad has Iran to thank for foreign aid that keeps the fight funded.
But this puts Assad into a bit of a pickle. It appears that he may not be able to prevent the transfer of weapons from Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon – across the Syrian frontier.
With Israel's airstrikes that allegedly targeted weapon shipments for Hezbollah Israel has given notice that Assad must stop the transfer of weapons or risk further attacks in his capital.
Israeli media is reporting that Israel diddsent word to Assad that it was not trying to alter any situation in Syria – but to prevent Hezbollah from upgrading their weapons capabilities.
Media today is also saying that Syria and Hezbollah will not respond to the Israeli strikes.
This is because Hezbollah owes it to Iran to keep it's arsenal in tact as a deterrent to an Israeli attack upon Iran, and Syria can't afford to open up hostilities with Israel.
Middle East Correspondent