ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES announced Sunday that it had deployed tanks and artillery reinforcements to northern border with Syria. IDF warned that it would respond “firmly” to any threats to Israeli sovereignty as fighting between President Bashar Assad’s regime forces and rebel groups across the border in southern Syria intensified.
The IDF said that the deployment of reinforcement to the Golan Heights came in response to a “situation assessment” by the army’s Northern Command and “as part of the IDF’s efforts to remain prepared and ready in the face of the developments in the Syrian Golan Heights, adjacent to Israel’s border.” Since 19th June 2018, the Syrian regime, backed by its ally Russia, has carried out a deadly bombing campaign to retake the strategic area bordering Jordan and the Israeli Golan Heights.
The IDF reiterated in its statement Sunday that Israel would continue to adhere to its formal policy of non-intervention with regards to the Syrian civil war “while reacting firmly to cases in which Israeli sovereignty is harmed and Israeli civilians are threatened”. Israel’s deployment of reinforcements to the Golan Heights is a message to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad as his forces draw closer to the Israeli border, an Israeli analyst said Sunday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed developments along the Syrian border at the beginning of his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, saying that Israel would demand the continued implementation of the 1974 ceasefire in the Golan Heights which established a demilitarized zone along the border.