Israel is likely to stick with its policy of just rooting for the downfall of President Bashar Assad while refraining from throwing its lot in with any of the opposition groups.
Errant fire from Syria into the Israeli-held Golan Heights prompted the retaliatory move and warnings from Israel.
Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir vowed today to retaliate against Israel for a recent alleged airstrike. The Monitor explains the background of the dispute.
An Israeli TV scoop about a near-attack on Iran two years ago underscores the lock that Prime Minister Netanyahu, who hopes to prevail in January polls, has on the national security debate.
From Iranian hackers suspected of damaging Saudi oil facility computers to a suspected Hezbollah drone shot down over Israel, the largely hidden war between Iran and its foes seems to be heating up.
At a gathering in Qatar, Syria's opposition groups have been trying to overcome disarray in their ranks – and lay the foundation for eventual post-dictator leadership.
US reluctance to provide weapons and cash to Syrian rebels is increasing the appeal of joining with well-funded and well-armed jihadists, many of them from abroad.
The visit has put Sudan's links to Iran under closer scrutiny.
As rebels and the Syrian government battle for control of Aleppo, residents tap caution – and dark humor – to survive.
Combating the constant text messages from regime forces declaring them terrorists, rebels fight an information campaign, sending images of Aleppo's death and destruction worldwide.