Israel is concerned that the Syrians will enter the UN demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights. The Jewish state is ready to attack the Syrian Armed Forces if they move into the demilitarized zone at the border with Israel, stated Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan.
“We must verify and do everything to clarify, vis-a-vis the Russians, the Assad government, that we will not accept any armed presence by the Assad regime in the areas which are meant to be demilitarized,” Erdan told the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.
Asked whether Israel is ready to take to take preventive action against the Syrian military, the minister said, “Unequivocally, yes.”
As an example, he cited the strikes carried out in recent months by Israeli military aircraft on Syrian targets, which the Israeli authorities believed were used by the Iranians to attack Israel.
As previously reported, the Israel Defense Forces sent artillery and armored vehicles to the border with Syria near the Golan Heights. This decision was made on the basis of an assessment of the operational situation in the Northern Military District.