[Marxism] Israel concerned over rebel control of nearly 70% of Syria border area

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Mon May 12 09:09:05 MDT 2014


Israel concerned over rebel control of nearly 70% of Syria border area

    Sunday, 11 May 2014 12:29

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/11381-israel-concerned-over-rebel-control-of-nearly-70-of-syria-border-area

Israel is deeply concerned after Syrian opposition forces were reported 
to have control of more than 70 per cent of the border area, the 
Jerusalem Post said on Friday. In a report Israel's security and 
intelligence commentator Yossi Melman quoted senior security officials 
as saying that Al-Nusra Front fighters have control of an area up to 100 
km to the east of Israel's border. He pointed out that Israel is 
particularly worried because these jihadist movements have declared Tel 
Aviv the target of their future operations after ousting the Assad 
regime.

According to the report, Al-Nusra elements have been able to get their 
hands on sophisticated weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles, which 
threaten Israel's air superiority in Syria and allow them to control 
strategic posts atop nearby hills, which facilitate access to 
intelligence about the Israeli side of the border. In an online 
statement, the rebels said that Iranian intelligence officers are 
operating in the Golan Heights, something which was not known to Israeli 
intelligence, claimed Melman.

The newspaper report warned that if Jihadists control Quneitra City, 
which provides dominance of a strategic area, the Assad regime's 
presence in the Syrian Golan will end once and for all. Israel is said 
to have been involved in a damage limitation exercise to win over the 
mainly Druze population in the border area to help deter the jihadists.

Melman confirmed reports that Israel and the United States are working 
with Jordan to recruit Syrians in the refugee camps in the Hashemite 
Kingdom to work against jihadist movements operating in Syria. He 
pointed out that the army unit responsible for recruiting agents, Unit 
504, has been involved in order to obtain information from the Syrian 
side.

Haaretz newspaper editor in chief Aluf Benn revealed in March last year 
that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had visited Jordan 
secretly four times in December 2012 and January 2013 to discuss 
establishing a buffer zone on the Israel-Syrian border to prevent the 
concentration of jihadist movements near the border.

Meanwhile, military affairs commentator Yoav Limor has revealed that 
Israel turns a blind eye when the Assad regime uses MiG fighters to 
destroy opposition targets in the Golan. In a report published by Israel 
HaYom on Friday, Limor pointed out that according to the disengagement 
agreement signed in 1974 between Israel and Syria, the Syrian regime 
should not use fighter jets in the Golan Heights. He noted that Israel 
believes that its interests lie in weakening the opposition forces, 
particularly in the border region 




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