Syria, Rebels Try to Take Advantage of Israeli Airstrike

Assad says unity needed, rebels point out regime responds to rebel actions but not Israel's


Although all signs point to Israel as responsible for an attack two days ago on Syrian territory, the political fallout seems to be concentrated in Syria, where both the Assad regime and the opposition are trying to work the incident to their respective advantages.

The beleaguered regime is using the attack, which Israel has refused to acknowledge, to cast the opposition as allied with "the Zionist enemy" and appeal to Syrians about the need for unity in the face of hostility. Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition is painting the lack of retaliation for the attack as evidence that the government and Army have been greatly weakened by the uprising.