It didn’t take Syria long to respond to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet meeting on the Golan Heights Sunday, in which he declared Israel will never surrender the region that was liberated in the 1967 Six Day War. Shortly after the meeting on Sunday, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Al-Mekdad told Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen that his regime will “retake the Golan Heights by any means necessary, including using military force.”

“The Arab Syrian Golan is an occupied territory,” claimed Al-Mekdad, referencing UN Security Council resolutions calling the area Syrian. According to the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister, Netanyahu’s Cabinet meeting was a case of “Israel…trying to be provocative, but (we) do not give in to it.” In his comments at the unique Cabinet meeting earlier in the day, Netanyahu noted on the instability over the border where regime forces, opposition forces and Islamist rebels are duking it out. FULL REPORT