Despite the fact that the IDF have forcefully engaged both ISIS and Syrian rebel groups when they’ve attacked Israel, the Syrian regime continues to assert the narrative that describes ISIS as part of a resistance force created by the US, Israel, and Syrian rebels.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Islamic State was driven out from the last major villages it still held near the Golan Heights – in an area called the Yarmouk Basin – on Monday, according to the Syrian regime and local websites.
The ISIS affiliate group, Jaysh Khalid bin Walid, has held the area for several years but has only clashed with Israeli forces once. Continue Reading »
Is war looming?
IDF’s Chief of Staff toured Israel’s Golan Heights to investigate scenarios the military may execute should Syria fulfill its announced intention to return it’s army to Quneitra, part of the demilitarized buffer zone of the 1974 armistice agreement signed following the Yom Kippur War.
By Alex Fishman
The 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria may be in danger of collapsing, with Syria’s announced intention to return military forces to the town of Quneitra, located three kilometers from the Israeli border.
The city is located in the buffer zone between Israel and Syria, that according to the Separation Agreement is supposed to remain demilitarized. Continue Reading »
Amid the fierce fighting around the city of Daraa, that has forced the exodus of thousands of forlorn Syrian escapees, one refugee was openly praising Israel’s “noble stance” for the succor it was providing the suffering homeless, after Jordan closed its borders.
By Daniel Salami
A Syrian refugee who recently fled the southwestern city of Daraa in Syria—along with tens of thousands of others—amid the fierce fighting in the area that has precipitated the flight of some 160,000 Syrians to the Israeli and Jordanian borders, has praised Israel’s “noble stance” for the succor it has offered to the suffering refugees. Continue Reading »
No longer believing that the Israelis are the bloodthirsty and merciless enemy, fleeing Syrian civilians are escaping the regime’s latest bombardments by seeking a safe-haven along side Israel’s Golan Heights.
By Israel Today Staff
Syrian civilians fleeing a fresh military offensive by their own government and its Russian allies have begun massing on the border of Israel’s Golan Heights.
They say that being as close as possible to Israeli forces is the safest place to be, presumably because Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and Russia are wary of drawing Israel further into the country’s bloody civil war.
The Assad regime is feeling confident of late after managing to regain control over most of Damascus and its suburbs, with the help of the Russians. Continue Reading »
According to a Russian media report, Foreign Minister Lavrov said Putin’s government is prepared to back Israeli demands that Iranian and Iranian-backed forces (Hezbollah) be kept away at least 37 miles from the Israeli frontier, in the hopes of avoiding further confrontations between their military and Israel’s.
By David Rosenberg
Iran’s allies are mulling limitations on Revolutionary Guard activity in Syrian territory, and may have already begun blocking Iranian access to military facilities in the hopes of avoiding future confrontations with Israel.
Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, suggested Monday afternoon that his country would accept Israel’s demand that Iranian forces not occupy positions close to the Israeli border. Continue Reading »
– Russian Defense Ministry: Israeli jets struck Iranian targets with at least 28 planes that fired some 60 missiles.
– Israel: Israel Air Force attacked nearly all of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria.
By Reuters, Alexandra Lukash, Elior Levy
Russia’s defense ministry said on Thursday that Syria had shot down more than half of the missiles fired at it overnight by Israel, RIA news agency reported.According to the report, the Israeli strike was carried out by 28 planes which fired at least 60 missiles, including 10 surface-to-surface missiles.
Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the conflict there began in 2011. Continue Reading »
IDF command orders all northern Golan Heights communities to unlock bomb shelters, deploys Iron Dome batteries to protect Golan Heights residents and activates reservist forces to compliment northern units.
– US Embassy urges American officials to avoid traveling to northern Golan Heights.
Reuters, Ynet reporters
The IDF went on high alert for a possible flare-up with neighboring Syria on Tuesday as US President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
The IDF said that, after identifying “irregular activity” by Iranian forces in Syria, it instructed civic authorities on the Golan Heights to ready bomb shelters, deployed new defenses and mobilized some reservist forces. Continue Reading »
Druze Israeli Staff Sgt. ‘A’ from southern Israel, who’s currently serving as a medic in the Golan Heights says he sees “the fear in the eyes” of the wounded Syrians as they cross the border to Israel, so he comforts them, saying in Arabic, “Hi, my medical team and I are here to help you.”
By Nitzi Yakov
A Druze staff sergeant from the southernmost tip of Israel is saving wounded civilians from Syria as well as wounded and injured IDF comrades.
Staff Sgt. A., 21, is deployed in the Golan Heights as a medic with the 77th medical platoon in the IDF’s Armored Corps. Continue Reading »
While it’s no secret over 3,000 wounded Syrians, including hundreds of children, have been treated in Israeli hospitals, just a few are aware of Operation ‘Good Neighbor’ with the IDF distributing baby food, medicine, generators, school supplies to 200,000 civilians on Israel’s north-east border, in the Syrian Golan Heights.
By Adi Hashmonai
Four and a half years after Israel first gave aid to Syrians injured in the civil war ravaging the country, Ziv Medical Center in Safed Director Dr. Salman Zarka says the move is “a clear message to the world that Israelis are humane, extending a helping hand and successfully saving our enemies’ lives too.”
Expressing their gratitude, Syrian civil war victims treated by Israeli field hospitals on the Golan Heights pen appreciation letters for the IDF’s medical care, saying it has strengthened their yearning for peace, undermined indoctrination of Israel as an enemy.
– “To all Syrians who say Israel is the enemy, I say that you are liars….Israel is our friend.”
By Yoav Birenberg
Dozens of Syrian civilians have written letters of gratitude to Israel and the IDF for establishing field hospitals on its northern border which provided, and continue to provide, medical care to numerous victims wounded in the country’s ongoing violent civil war. Continue Reading »
The IDF arrested and subsequently took into questioning a suspicious unarmed man Tuesday after ascertaining he illegally entered Israel from Syria.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
The IDF arrested a man on Tuesday afternoon after he was caught crossing the Syrian border into Israel, according to the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit.
The man was unarmed and was subsequently taken in for questioning.
IDF arrest terror suspect [illustrative] – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The IDF neglected to comment on how the man succeed in crossing over into Israeli territory and no further details were provided.
This rare incident comes on the heels of another attempt to infiltrate Israeli territory through the northern border.Just last month a Lebanese citizen, later identified as a mentally ill man named Ali Mari, crossed over from Lebanon into northern Israel. Continue Reading »
The IDF successfully launched a Patriot missile & destroyed an unknown UAV that violated Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights.
The Israeli Defense Forces on Thursday launched a patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft (UAV) from Syria nearing the Israeli border, violating Israeli airspace.
“The IDF will not allow any breach of Israel’s airspace and will act against any attempt of infiltration,” said the IDF in a statement.
The target was successfully intercepted and shot down over the Golan Heights in northern Israel, confirmed the IDF, stating the UAV was under full surveillance by the Israeli Air Force. Continue Reading »
IDF unit opened fire on a position where 3 mortars were fire on Friday afternoon that landed & exploded in the Golan Heights. – No physical injuries or damage were reported.
The Israeli military said on Friday that it had hit targets in Syria in response to three projectiles that landed in the Israeli Golan Heights earlier, in what the army said was likely stray fire from Syria’s civil war. There were no injuries or damage.
A mortar landed in an open area in the northern area of Israel, followed about an hour later by two additional projectiles, which triggered rocket alert sirens. Continue Reading »
Although no injuries were reported in Israel from mortar explosion that was assumed to be spillover from Syrian turmoil, the IDF holds Syria responsible and “will continue to act in order to preserve Israeli sovereignty and safeguard Israel.”
The Israeli air force on Tuesday carried out a strike in Southern Syria in response to a stray mortar that landed in the Israeli Golan Heights earlier in the day.
UN base outside of Quneitra, on the Syrian part of the Golan Heights – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
A statement from the Israel Defense Forces said that “the IAF has successfully targeted the source of the fire in Syria. Continue Reading »