With the Wall Street Journal article making waves by connecting Israel’s humanitarian help to the strength of the Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime, the above map makes it clear why the Israeli government feels it necessary to be bolstering these forces. Unlike the Lebanese Civil War, when Israel actually entered into the South of the country, the Netanyahu government would rather create a friendly buffer zone using humanitarian needs as a reason for helping the rebels. The situation though, may be deteriorating and require the IDF to enter the fray to hold off the Iranians from reaching their border.
If Daraa falls the US and Israel will have to make a decision to directly enter the war or build up a workable containment strategy. The next few days of the Daraa offensive will be crucial in determining the scope of both nations’ involvement.