New Reality for Israelis on Golan Heights: Islamists Now Control the Other Side

(McClatchy) Joel Greenberg - Islamist rebels now control areas of Syria on the very doorstep of Israeli-controlled land on the Golan Heights. "Israel might be literally the front (line) of the West toward the radical Islamic movements...if they succeed in taking control on the Golan Heights," said Yaakov Amidror, a former Israeli national security adviser. Analysts believe it is just a matter of time before al-Qaeda's Nusra Front and other Islamist groups on the Golan start carrying out attacks on Israel. Yoram Schweitzer, a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, noted that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has spoken of using Syria as a staging ground for a "holy war" against Israel.

2014-09-17 00:00:00

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