Skip to comments.Israeli general suggests creating buffer zone in a post-Assad Syria
Posted on 03/26/2013 7:24:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
An Israeli general has raised the possibility of creating a buffer zone in Syria, in cooperation with local forces wary of jihadist fighters, should President Bashar al-Assad be toppled.
Major-General Yair Golan said many hundreds of radical Islamists were fighting in Syrias two-year-old civil war and could take root in Israels northern neighbour should Assad fall.
He said the Israeli military was working on the assumption that these fighters would ultimately launch attacks against Israel, which captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war...
Golan, who oversees Israeli forces on the Syrian and Lebanese frontiers, did not say whether he envisages the deployment of Israeli troops in such a buffer area.
Syrians with a common interest in cooperating with us against radical Islamist fighters would be Israels natural allies in any such security zone, Golan said. If an opportunity presents itself and it hasnt as yet - we should not hesitate, he said...
Golan pointed to the example of the security zone Israeli forces maintained for 15 years in southern Lebanon with the stated aim of keeping Hizbollah guerrillas and rockets away from Israels border.
The bottom line: (the buffer zone in Lebanon) was one of the most worthy security investments ever made by the State of Israel, he said about an area where Israeli troops were frequently under attack and which they left in 2000.
In recent months, a number of rockets fired during fighting between Syrian forces and rebels have fallen inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
The strategic plateau is monitored by UN observers and had been quiet for decades.
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An Israeli tank is transported on a truck to the Israeli Syrian border in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Photo: Reuters
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I would say it’s more than a rumor. Other Israeli sources are talking ‘buffer zone’ too.
how about an irradiated minefield from the bottom of the golan heights to the suburbs of damascus and lebanon border to jordan.
or they could just make it a gun free zone and post signs.
Thought they were already arming them ?
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I think Israel should create a 10,000 mile buffer zone around itself, clearing out all Islamic presence there.
We should do the same thing, but I’m not sure 10,000 miles is big enough. (What is the earth’s diameter???)
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