During a visit to the disputed Golan Heights on Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, in particular, that he does not exclude a thaw in ties between Tel Aviv and Damascus.
"I reckon we are a long way from that, but we are not ruling out anything," Lieberman said when asked whether the two countries will be able to establish "some kind of relationship."
At the same time, he pledged to respond harshly to any attempts by the Syrian military to enter the demilitarized area in the Golan Heights.
"For our part, we will sanctify the 1974 disengagement agreement and there too we will insist that every last letter be abided by, and any violation will meet a harsh response from the State of Israel," Lieberman pointed out.
He also warned against "the Iranian presence in Syria", vowing that the Israeli military would retaliate "with force" against any terrorist infrastructure that it identifies in the region.
"We're warning those organizations associated with Iranian militias that try to establish a terror network in the Golan Heights. It’s unacceptable, and we will act against any terror network in the area," Lieberman underlined.
His remarks came a few days after an Israeli military aircraft targeted Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights when a rogue shell fell between Israeli-controlled and Syrian government-held territories. According to a statement by the Israeli Defense Forces, the shell was launched during fighting between Syrian government forces and militant groups in the area.
In separate development on July 8, Syrian air defense forces repulsed a missile strike that targeted the Tiyas military air base, which is reportedly used by Iranian forces.
According to the media, missiles at the base in Homs were launched from Israel. However, the Israeli defense minister said that he was unaware of the attack and "only read about it in a newspaper."
Tel Aviv claims the right to open fire on any military target on Syrian territory which it considers to be violating the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria.
In April 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially admitted for the first time that the regime's military had conducted strikes on Syrian territory.
Israel has repeatedly stated that it is vital to maintain control over the Golan, citing the threat emanating from Iran and Syria.
The Golan Heights were seized and then occupied by Israel following the 1967 Six-Day War, in what was recognized neither by the international community nor the UN Security Council.
Israel and Syria still remain officially at war as a result of this conflict and the lack of formal bilateral diplomatic relations.