ISRAEL CONSIDERING SYRIA OPERATION IN GOLAN HEIGHTS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


ISRAEL CONSIDERING SYRIA OPERATION IN GOLAN HEIGHTS

The Israeli military said on Friday it was ready to protect the Druze village of Hader on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights after a car bomb killed nine people in a Druze town.

The statement was an unusually explicit Israeli pledge to intervene in the war in Syria, where Israeli officials are voicing deeper alarm at the role of Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah, which are fighting alongside the Syrian government.

Syrian state media said Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly the Nusra Front, was responsible for the bomb which killed nine people and injured 23 in southwestern Quneitra.

Rockets and gunfire followed the bomb, the report said, adding the number of casualties was expected to rise.

Syrian rebel groups launched an attack on Syrian government-held areas in Quneitra on Friday, with the aim of connecting two insurgent-held areas. The attack included the car bomb in Hader.

Israeli officials said they were looking at the possibility of assisting Hader, whose residents have Druze kinsman lobbying on their behalf in Israel.

“The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is prepared and ready to assist the residents of the village and prevent damage to or the capture of the village Hader out of commitment to the Druze population,” the military said in a statement.

The spokesperson also dismissed claims that Israeli authorities were giving assistance to militant groups fighting in the region.

The Quneitra area of Syria, where Hader village is located, is particularly sensitive to Israel because it is adjacent to the Golan Heights area that it captured from Syria in 1967.

Hundreds of Druze residents of Israel gathered at the border in support of their relatives on the Syrian side, according to Israel’s Channel 2 News.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The primary operative question here, is just how long, and to what degree, will Russia allow this before turning on the Israeli force and blowing it, ultimately, to kingdom come.

The Russian government is not going to be very tolerant of any force in the region which attempts to further destabilize the Al Assad regime, and can be expected to respond forcefully to anything which appears to be a significant step in that direction.

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