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The Catalyst for a Middle East Conflagration Rests with Israel's Obsession with Iran even with Syria in the Headlines

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Syria may be on the verge of a full blown civil war with the attack and assassination of three high ranking Syrian government officials by the Syrian opposition this week in Damascus.

The latest reports have the opposition controlling the four border crossings with Iraq and one with Turkey.

Meanwhile the Assad government is not backing down firing rockets from helicopter gun ships in the Damascus suburb of Qaboun.

Thousands of Syrians have fled into neighboring Lebanon while other thousands are living in refugee camps in Turkey.

As the fighting has escalated, the U.N. Security Council rejected economic sanctions on the Assad regime with Russia and China vetoing the U.S. sponsored resolution.

Also earlier this week, Assad moved troops from the Golan Heights area with Israel as a means to bolster his army's numbers in other areas of resistance throughout Syria.

Yet as bad as the fighting escalates within Syria the chances of it spreading beyond the Syrian borders aren't likely. So the situation in Syria though horrific as it appears won't be the catalyst for a wider Middle East conflagration.

From here the catalyst for a wider conflagration rests with Israel as the country to watch is Israel and NOT because of the widespread fighting in neighboring Syria.

It is Israel's obsession with Iran and that country's nuclear program that remains at the epicenter of a potential conflict with worldwide implications.

The latest incident raising tensions oddly occurred in Burgas, Bulgaria when on Wednesday a suicide bomber killed five Israeli tourists on a bus outside the airport.

The bomber, this according to American and Israeli officials (without providing details) was allegedly a member of Hezbollah, the Shiite Lebanese group supported by Iran. An investigation is currently underway in Bulgaria to confirm the identity of the bomber.

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