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.
"The Golan Heights will always remain under Israeli control. Israel will never withdraw from the Golan Heights," emphasized Netanyahu.
He called on the international community to recognize two things, firstly that "no matter what happens across the border, the (border) line itself will not change. Second, after 50 years the time has come for the international community to finally recognize that the Golan will always remain under Israeli sovereignty."