Israel is growing increasingly concerned that Syria's ongoing civil war is going to result in open conflict between Jewish state and either Syrian forces or Lebanon's Hezbollah terrorist militia.
Israel has warned that if Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons finds its way into Hezbollah hands, Israeli forces will take preemptive action.
Israel's Ynet news portal reported on Monday that Hezbollah had set up camps near several locations where Syrian weapons of mass destruction are known to be stored. The terror group apparently hopes to use the chaos in Syria to boost its own military forces.
Israel cannot accept a situation where Hezbollah holds the threat of chemical weapons over its citizens.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been in consultation with top defense officials, and the army this week deployed two of its vaunted Iron Dome anti-missile systems to the northern port city of Haifa in anticipation of armed action.
Netanyahu told visiting American congressional leaders that the choices for dealing with the situation "are between bad, bad, and worse."