Israeli military said it killed seven insurgents in a rare air strike across the countries’ frontier, Reuters reported on Thursday.
As recently as last week, Israel sounded alarms over Assad’s advances against southwestern rebels: It shot down a Syrian warplane that it said had strayed into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and warned Assad’s Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcement against trying to deploy on the Syrian-held side.
Asked whether Israel should be less wary of possible flare-ups on the Golan - much of which it seized from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognized abroad - Lieberman said: “I believe so”
An earlier Israeli military statement said the air strike took place on the Syrian-held Golan. But Conricus amended that, saying that the location was within Israeli lines.
There was no immediate Syrian government response.
Lieberman reiterated Israel’s demand that Iran not set up military bases against it in Syria, nor that Syria be used to smuggle arms to Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon.
“We are not looking for friction, but we will know how to respond to any provocation and any challenge,” he said.