Posts Tagged ‘Israel’s Golan Heights’

Israel Vows To Destroy Iranian Positions Within 40 KM of Syrian Border

November 26, 2017
 NOVEMBER 26, 2017 09:39

Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly offered Netanyahu a comprehensive deal that would include a demilitarized zone stretching 40 kilometers from the border.

Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks overlooking the border between Israel and Syria

Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks overlooking the border between Israel and Syria. (photo credit: RONEN ZVULUN / REUTERS)

Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida revealed on Sunday that an Israeli source disclosed a promise from Jerusalem to destroy all Iranian facilities within 40 kilometers (25 miles) of Israel’s Golan Heights.

The source, who remains unnamed, said that during Syrian President Bashar Assad’s surprise visit to Russia last week, Assad gave Russian Premier Vladimir Putin a message for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Damascus will agree to a demilitarized zone of up to 40 kilometers from the border in the Golan Heights as part of a comprehensive agreement between the two countries, but only if Israel does not work to remove Assad’s regime from power.

The report also claims that Putin then called Netanyahu to relay the message, and that the Israeli prime minister said he would be willing to accept the deal, but that Israel’s goal of eradicating Iran and Hezbollah from the country would remain.

According to the source, Jerusalem sees Assad as the last president of the Alawite community, indicating that a change of regime in Syria – at least towards a government less-linked to Iran – would be favorable for Israel. The Alawites are a minority Shi’ite community in Syria, and have long been supported by Iran, which seeks to extend its influence from the Gulf across the region to the Mediterranean.

The source also commented that after the defeat of the Islamic State, the conflict in Syria would become ”more difficult,” likely pointing towards a vacuum that would be left without the group. Russian, Syrian and Iranian-backed forces have been fighting against ISIS, while also seeking to knock out rebel groups that oppose the current regime. Russia’s stated interests have been in line with Iran’s in wanting to keep Assad in power.

Israel has participated mostly on the periphery of the war in Syria, responding to fire on the northern border and occasionally bombing positions, including a weapons depot and scientific research center that allegedly produces chemical weapons. Damascus and Jerusalem have exchanged heated remarks as well, with Netanyahu threatening to bomb Assad’s palace, and Syrian officials warning of ‘‘dangerous repercussions” to Israeli strikes on Syrian targets.

Over the course of the war, Israel has operated several field hospitals near the Syrian border, where those injured from the war are treated and subsequently returned to Syria. Some of those who have been treated have been rebels fighting against the Assad regime, leading some to say that Israel is assisting the rebels to unseat Assad.

Yasser Okbi contributed to this report. 


Speaking In Arabic, Israel Warns Syrians on Social Media — Israel will retaliate

October 22, 2017

© AFP | Smoke billows from the Syrian side of the armistice line on the Golan Heights on June 26, 2017 after fire into the Israeli-occupied sector sparked retaliation by the Israeli army

 OCTOBER 21, 2017 12:48


Israel Defense Forces (IDF)  Arabic spokesperson Avichay Adraee issued a stern warning to Syrians in a viral social media post after projectiles fired from Syria hit Israeli territory over the weekend.

Speaking in Arabic, IDF warns Syrians on social media

IDF Arabic spokesperson unit He who warns is just . (photo credit:IDF SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT)

The Israeli military’s spokesman for Arabic media, Avichay Adraee, took to social media over the weekend to issue a stern warning to the people of Syria after five projectiles were launched at Israel from Syria early Saturday morning.

Three of the projectiles landed in an open area on Israel’s Golan Heights, causing no damage or injuries. Later on Saturday, the IDF retaliated by attacking Syrian army positions.

In a post he penned on his official Facebook page, Adraee warned: “Even if this is an unintended spillover from a conflict in Syria to Israel that does not matter. More spillover spillover will lead to harsher and stronger [Israeli] attacks.”

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To further drive his point home, the Arabic spokesperson included a graphic in his post of a tank with a caption in Arabic that read:
“Consider yourself warned: for he who gives a warning is just.”

The latter is a well-known Arabic proverb, which the 1.2 million Arabic speakers who are following his page are likely to recogn.

Due to the IDF using Arabic social media to better communicate with Arab speakers in Israel and the world an unusual discourse in Arabic often springs to life in the comments section, with Arabic speakers from countries Israeli passport holders can’t visit using this rare chance to speak their minds.

Most of the reactions to Adraee’s post were negative, including warnings that it is the Jews, and not the Arabs, who should be worried about future attacks.