Daily Israel Report

IDF Chief Warns Syrian War Could Become 'An Israeli Matter'

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz warned Sunday that Syria's civil war might soon become "an Israeli matter” if military spillover continues.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 11/4/2012, 3:55 PM

Benny Gantz Briefs Commanders
Benny Gantz Briefs Commanders
IDF Spokesman's Unit

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz warned Sunday that Syria's civil war might soon become "an Israeli matter” if military spillover continues.

Three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone (DMZ) at the village of Beit Ajam, a few kilometers near an IDF position between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights on Saturday.

The move sent Israeli forces in the area on to high alert, and IDF soldiers were instructed by Gantz to prevent any further spillover into Israel's territory.

A complaint has been submitted to the United Nations over the violation, although the IDF said it believes the move was connected to the civil war in progress, and was not connected to any specific aggression against Israel.

Still, the Syrian tanks have not left the DMZ, increasing concerns that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad might use the conflict as an excuse to push his agenda of attempting to retake territory in the Golan Heights.

IDF Division 36 soldiers who are stationed on the Golan Heights reported to Gantz about the shouts and gunfire they can hear across the border.

"The division is ready for any moment in which those shots might change direction and be turned on us,” IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, escorting Gantz, told reporters.