Israel bombed a military base near Damascus in Syria. Two of the surface-to-surface missiles were brought down my the Syrian forces, but one managed to cause damage. Israel had officially stated that they were remaining neutral in terms of the outcome of the end of the war in Syria, but back in November, Israel said that Syria had violated a decades old cease-fire agreement and has since escalated the tensions between the two states.

One could argue that Israel is staging a proxy war in Syria against Iran. Israel claims that Hezbollah are fighting alongside Syrian forces and for Israel, that is a no-go. These tensions could have a security impact on the already chaotic region. The US and Israel are allies and neither Israel nor the US want the Assad regime to stay in power. Should things escalate further the US may feel compelled to intervene.