Members of the IDF Northern Command Combat Engineering Corps are digging trenches and erecting a fence around the seven-mile-long area of Har Dov (also known as the Shebaa Farms) — a strip of land at the intersection of the Lebanese-Syrian border and the Israeli Golan Heights.
Russian efforts to reach a truce between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and various rebel groups in Syria appear to be progressing, so Israel is preparing for the day after, when it is safe to expect that Jihadists will turn their attention to the “Zionist enemy.”
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of Iran’s volunteer Basij militia, toured the abandoned city of Quneitra, located on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, no doubt observing Israel’s border at the same time.
The tranquility of country life contrasts sharply with Middle East tensions all around. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently drew renewed attention to the Golan Heights by vowing to forever hold the Golan.
According to recent reports, Netanyahu is upset over indications that a negotiated deal on the Syrian civil war that is being worked on by world powers would declare the Golan Heights as Syrian territory.
Israeli rule over the Golan Heights should be considered “lawful and just” and should be supported by the United States and the international community, Peter Berkowitz, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, argued in an analysis for Real Clear Politics.
The UN General Assembly adopted six anti-Israel resolutions sponsored by the Palestinian Authority and Syria. Incredibly, the UN body also insisted Israel relinquish the strategic Golan Heights - at a time when Assad is massacring his own people and ISIS is on the march.