Israel to erect border fence in Golan Heights amid Syria unrest

Click photo to download. Caption: Israeli soldiers on the lookout at the border with Syria. Credit: IDF.( Speaking on Sunday to his cabinet on the progress of the nearly complete 140-mile-long border fence with Egypt, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will now build a fence along the border with Syria in light of the dangers emerging from there.

“We intend to erect an identical fence, with a few changes based on the actual territory, along the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu said, according to Israel Hayom. “We know that on the other side of our border with Syria today, the Syrian army has moved away, and in its place, global jihadist forces have moved in.”

“Therefore, we will defend this border against both infiltration and terrorism, just as we are successfully doing on the Sinai border,” he added.

Despite the lack of a formal peace treaty with Syria and its ties to Iran and terror groups, Israel has enjoyed a level of peace and stability from its northeastern neighbor over the past four decades. However, amid several recent spillovers of the Syrian civil war into the Golan, as well as reports of an increasing radical Islamist presence within the country’s rebel groups, Israel is deeply concerned about who might eventually replace Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. 

Posted on January 6, 2013 .