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Syrian buildup with Druze OC for major Golan op | DebkaFile

According to our military sources, the current Syrian and allied lineup just across the border from Israel is not deployed this time to attack Israel, but for a clean sweep of all the Syrian rebel forces holding sectors of the Golan-Israeli border.

The pro-Assad forces are expected to weigh in with artillery shelling and heavy aerial bombing to force the local Syrian population of 140,000 to 160,000 to flee. This scenario would confront Israel and the IDF with the possibility of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees clamoring for sanctuary.

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6. Our intelligence sources add that Iran, Hizballah and Syria have decided to henceforth hit back at any Israeli air or artillery strikes against a Syrian target on the Golan. This was decided at high-level three-way consultations in Damascus on Sept. 15, two days after Israeli aircraft attacked the headquarters of Syria’s 90th Brigade at al-Shaar, near Quneitra, in reprisal for the Syrian shells that strayed across the border.

Syrian buildup with Druze OC for major Golan op

Iran threatens to ‘turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust’ if Israel missteps – Jerusalem Post

In an attempt to tout its military prowess on Wednesday, Iran threatened to “turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust” during a parade of the Islamic Republic’s armed forces in Tehran.

Iran marked the anniversary of its 1980 invasion by Iraq by parading its latest ships and missiles and telling the United States not to meddle in the Gulf.

Iran threatens to ‘turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust’ if Israel missteps – Jerusalem Post

Russian presence in his country gives Assad confidence

According to the Syrians themselves, their response included the firing of S-200 missiles, …

The unusual thing about this missile is that its range is about 300 kilometers and its flight altitude is 40,000 meters—meaning it puts almost all civil and military aviation across the State of Israel in danger, including Ben-Gurion Airport and the Air Force base in Tel Nof.

Assad Sr. did things differently

At the time, when the Soviets supplied the missile to Hafez Assad, the current president’s father, concerns were raised in Israel that this strategic weapon would endanger civil aviation flying to the country and over the country and would threaten Israel’s connection to the outer world. A warning was relayed to the Syrians that if they used the strategic surface-to-air missiles, Israel would launch a harsh “strategic response.”

The Syrians hardly ever used this very long-range, high-altitude missile during the War of Attrition, although they had ability to do so, but it now seems that Bashar Assad feels confident due to the Russian presence in his country. Israeli officials estimate that he has decided to change his retaliation policy and threaten IAF planes operating on his territory. That is the reason why, they believe, he used strategic missiles which despite being obsolete could still threaten Israel’s civil and military aircraft, even if they do not flying directly over Syria and not even over the Golan Heights, but deep in the sea west of Syria.

… Assad has decided to signal to Israel that he will not tolerate such attacks anymore.

Ynetnews Opinion – Russian presence in his country gives Assad confidence

Israel Heeds Hezbollah Threats, Drills Mass Evacuation of Civilians Near Border

The Israeli military demonstrated on Tuesday that it takes seriously Hezbollah’s repeated threats to “take over the Galilee” with a massive drill aimed at evacuating civilians under attack near the Lebanon border.

Described as “the biggest drill of its kind until now,” Col. Eyal Forman, chief medical officer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Homefront Command, said the exercise was driven by war threat scenarios involving Hezbollah forces “crossing the border and getting to the settlements.”

Israel Heeds Hezbollah Threats, Drills Mass Evacuation of Civilians Near Border

Three Syrian projectiles fall in Israeli Golan Heights as tensions escalate | i24news

Tuesday’s projectiles marked the sixth such incident of cross-border fire to take place in the just over a week.

The latest projectile fell hours after the IDF said earlier in the day that the Syrian army fired two surface-to-air missiles at Israeli military aircraft in response to overnight strikes in the Golan Heights, but denied claims its aircraft had been shot down.

Three Syrian projectiles fall in Israeli Golan Heights as tensions escalate | i24news – See beyond

Analysis: Is an Israeli-Syrian military conflict on the horizon? – Jerusalem Post

However, one thing is already clear: The firing of two S-200 surface-to-air missiles was not a coincidence. The Syrian Army released an official statement on the incident.

This is the first known instance of Assad’s army retaliating to Israeli military activity in Syrian territory since the country’s civil war began some five-and-a-half years ago.


The IDF is expected to respond, likely with increasing levels of force. If Assad’s army decides to retaliate like it did last night, the chances for an escalation of tensions and descent into violence on what has until now been a relatively quiet Golan Heights border also increase, despite the fact that most of the sides involved – Israel, the Assad regime, Russia, and some of the rebel groups – have no interest in heating up the border and sparking a military conflict.

Analysis: Is an Israeli-Syrian military conflict on the horizon? – Jerusalem Post

Israeli Victory Is the Only Way to Bring Peace [War is THE Answer] :: Middle East Forum

At his first security briefing, Avigdor Liberman, Israel’s Defense Minister, declared that Israel no longer has “the luxury of conducting drawn-out wars of attrition.” 100 days into his term, with no sign of the decades-long conflict slowing, it is clear that the time has come to apply that principle to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In order for there to be peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors, Israel must win and the Palestinians must lose.

For most of human history, military victory ended wars. The Pax Romana, a period of 200 years of relative peace within the Roman Empire, began only when Augustus defeated Marc Antony in the Battle of Actium. When the North ravaged the South in the American Civil War, it caused the seemingly intractable conflict that claimed three quarters of a million lives over four years to fade away. The South, knowing it was defeated, never made trouble again. German and Japanese ill-will toward Western democracies in World War II rapidly dissipated, thanks to the bitter pill of defeat; friendship soon followed.

Today’s conventional wisdom holds that conflicts are best resolved through negotiation and compromise. But let’s look at the facts. After 40 years of negotiations to reunite Cyprus, the island remains divided, and 60 years of standoff over the Korean peninsula have achieved little. In Syria, the killing continues unabated despite five years of talks to reconcile Sunnis and Alawites. And at the same time, years of diplomatic efforts to roll back Iran’s nuclear program ended with the West’s capitulation to Tehran’s demands.

The negotiations fallacy is especially evident in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Israeli Victory Is the Only Way to Bring Peace :: Middle East Forum

Israeli military expects Islamic State attack on its southern border ‘within six months’

Israel is bracing for an Islamic State (Isil) terror attack along its southern border with Egypt within the next six months, a senior Israeli military officer has warned. 

Wilayat Sinai, the jihadist group’s affiliate in the Sinai desert, has been stealing armored vehicles and anti-tank missiles from Egypt’s military and Israeli expects the weapons will soon be turned against its forces on the Egyptian border. 

“It could happen today, tomorrow, in a month but within the next six months we will come into an engagement with Wilayat Sinai,” the officer said. “In the next six months they will try to carry out an attack and try to do something against Israel.” 

Israeli military expects Islamic State attack on its southern border ‘within six months’

Israel begins work on underground Gaza wall: reports | Middle East Eye

According to Ynet, the barrier would have sensors to detect digging and eventually run the length of the 60km Gaza border.

Gadi Yarkoni, head of Eshkol Regional Council along the border with Gaza, confirmed to AFP on Thursday that works had begun along the border, without giving any detail.

The defence ministry declined to comment.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, used underground tunnels crossing the border to carry out attacks in its last war with Israel in 2014.

Israel has described the tunnels as a strategic threat and Hamas has repeatedly said it is building new tunnels to be used for its defence.

Twice this year, Israel has announced the discovery of tunnels reaching across the border, with the second occasion in May leading to the worst flare-up of violence since the 2014 war.

Israel begins work on underground Gaza wall: reports | Middle East Eye

Israel acknowledges helping Paraguay in fight against Hezbollah – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

Israel is helping Paraguay take actions against Hezbollah in the Tri-Border area with Argentina and Brazil, the Foreign Ministry acknowledged on Wednesday while announcing the opening of the new embassy in Asuncion.

“Israel cooperates with Paraguay in the battle against terrorism and maintains a supportive role in actions against Hezbollah at the tri-border region,” the ministry said in a background statement on relations with Paraguay.

Israel acknowledges helping Paraguay in fight against Hezbollah – Israel News – Jerusalem Post