UN sees Syrian war spilling into Israel

Thursday, March 28, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

It's no longer only Israel that is concerned that the Syrian civil war could cross borders. Now UN officials, too, are warning that the bloody conflict might spill into the Jewish state sooner rather than later.

"The members of the [UN] Security Council expressed grave concern at all violations of the Disengagement of Forces Agreement" that created the demilitarized buffer zone between Israel and Syria following the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

The council further noted that both Syrian army forces and rebel fighters have been entering the buffer zone with no regard for signed agreements.

Finally, the council took both sides in the Syrian conflict to task for endangering the lives of the 1,000 UN peace keepers stationed in the buffer zone to monitor the disengagement.

Already cross-border fire from Syria has forced Israel to retaliate. Until now such incidents have remained contained. But all feel it is only a matter of time before an explosion occurs.

It should also be noted that both sides in the Syrian civil war are enemies of the Jewish state, and would presumably have no problem bloodying Israel's nose as part of their conflict with one another.

The regime of embattled dictator Bashar Assad is still officially at war with Israel, and has for decades sheltered and aided anti-Israel terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah.

The Syrian rebels are composed largely of Islamist groups, many affiliated or allied with the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, both of which ultimately seek the destruction of the "Zionist regime."

As the fighting inches ever closer to the border, the situation is understandably very tense, and a cause for great concern in Israel.

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