Israel hasn't been largely affected by the war next door, sporadic incidents of spillover fire referred to as "tactical errors" of the Assad regime, has Israel responding lightly, with limited retaliation on Syrian positions in response.
But Sunday's shooting wasn't an accident--it was a case of intentional targeting of Israeli soldiers by Islamic militants.
Lt. Colonel Peter Lerner explained that the Israeli patrol came under machine gun and mortar fire early Sunday and immediately returned fire toward Syria. An Israeli aircraft engaged and struck the vehicle blowing its passengers to Jannah (Islamic paradise) in bite-size pieces. Lerner said the attackers were suspected militants from an Islamic State arm that controls the area. No Israeli troops (aka "the good guys and gals") were hurt.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (and former Israeli Special Forces officer) commended the troops for thwarting the attack. "We are well prepared on our northern border and will not allow Islamic State elements or any other hostile element to use the war in Syria to establish themselves close to our borders," he said at the weekly Cabinet meeting.
Israel has generally stayed on the sidelines of the conflict in Syria, avoiding being sucked into a clash between forces that are all hostile to the Jewish State. But it is thought that Israel carried out airstrikes on arms shipments destined for Hezbollah, a close ally of the Syrian government, as Israel refuses to be suicidally passive.
Amos Yadlin, director of the Institute for National Security Studies and former military intelligence chief said that it's too soon to know if this attack marks a shift in IS policy or just a couple of scumcrumpets out for a walk, so to speak. However, Yadlin added, "I don't think this is a planned strategy."
Probably just a little religious anti-Semitism by the religion of peace.