Syrian tanks enter Golan, Israel on high alert

Monday, November 05, 2012 |  Ryan Jones  

Israeli forces in the north of the country were placed on high alert over the weekend after three Syrian tanks briefly cross into the demilitarized zone that separates Syria from the Golan Heights.

Israel lodged a complaint with the UN observer force that patrols the demilitarized zone, but on a visit to the area on Sunday, Israeli army chief Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz warned that "the Syrian affair could turn into our affair."

The IDF division stationed in the northern Golan "is ready for any moment in which the shooting will change direction and will be turned on us," an Israeli army spokesman was quoted as saying by The Jerusalem Post.

In fact, Israel has already been hit by Syrian projectiles since the start of its neighbor's civil war. In late September, a missile and several mortar shells were fired into the Israeli Golan.

Israel remains concerned that either side in the Syrian conflict could at any time try to draw Israel into the fighting for its own political and military gain. Should that happen, there is little doubt Lebanon's Hizballah terrorist militia would enter the fray and launch its missile arsenal at northern Israel.

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