Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has few good options for military retaliation against Israel after weekend air strikes near Damascus. But as Reuters Beirut Bureau Chief Dominic Evans explains, there are non-military alternatives at Assad’s disposal that could harm Israel’s security. (May 6, 2013)
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Military options after the Israeli and trying to up pretty limited time it will be I'm willing to try to opening these problems. Against the Israeli occupancy Israel needs overwhelming military superiority. When he isn't already facing today's date. Incredibly tough battles with the rebels trying to -- and the Israeli jets. Created explosions shook the whole city of Damascus. Which sent millions of of a firing into the night it wasn't something that could be hidden in in any way. That in itself will will will put pressure on that despite his limited options to respond in some way. Israel has tried and it very clear message to the -- That the target of these attacks. Our weapons that Israel won't prevent being trounced. Through Syria from Iran to Hezbollah. -- the danger of escalation you have Israel bombing Damascus. Hezbollah and Iran accused of supporting -- allies gulf states and -- didn't support to that to the rebels. -- any. Military attacks. From the rich gulf of expanding that she can't it can't be all -- There are no less direct ways that he could respond one way which could and inflict -- major headache on on Israel. Would be to pull back some of his forces. From the area that the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. -- -- -- Couples the Islamist. An idea that rebels have been if those. Just had -- rebels gained ground. Front lines it will. Days this strategic dynamics that the Israelis about how well president -- has agreed to -- eight make it difficult decision. About whether to keep focusing on his main apple which is his struggle against rebels. -- Praising the great advantage is his rule. -- to be diverted into a potentially. Devastating war with Israel which he and his father and have tried to avoid the last forty years.
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