It's also worth noting that Syria's Assad received a surprise visit from Iran's Foreign Minister Salehi in Damascus, after which Assad said: Syria is "capable of facing Israel's ventures."
SANA, Syria's state-run news agency reported that Assad told reporters "the Syrian people and their brave army... are able to confront the Israeli risks which constitute one face of this terrorism which targets Syria daily."
While there were no specific threats form either leader, Salehi said "it is time to deter the Israeli occupiers from carrying out these aggressions against the peoples of the region."
Salehi also said Iran was "fully confident that Syria will emerge victorious from the crisis."
Salehi was firm about Iranian support for Assad. According to ABC reporter John Williams' twitter feed, :
Syria, by the way, has been in an official state of war with Israel since Syria first attacked Israel in 1948.
In another interesting bit of this particular puzzle, our Secretary of State John Kerry is in Moscow talking to Russian Foreign minister Serge Lavrov, and apparently slipped up by appearing to leave the door open for Basher Assad to remain in control of Syria.
Speaking during a joint press conference in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, Secretary of State Kerry told reporters it was impossible for him to see how "President Assad could govern a future Syria. I'm not going to decide that tonight and I'm not going to decide that in the end," Kerry said "Syrians have to decide who makes up the transitional body to govern them."
Something is definitely going on.