I mentioned over a year ago that the civil war in Syria was likely to spill into the Golan Heights, Syrian territory seized by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967, and now it seems that the prospect of that is fast becoming a reality.
The question, then, is: Why do the Israelis support the Syrian opposition in their fight against Syrian President Bashir al-Assad when it has been al-Assad that has continued to provide some semblance of security to Israel in the Golan Heights? Sure, it can be argued that Israel is dead set against al-Assad because of his support for Hezbollah in Lebanon, but the reality is that Hezbollah would still be force to be reckoned with even with al-Assad out of the equation; with al-Assad gone, Iran will still provide significant support to Hezbollah.
If and when al-Assad is defeated, it will likely be by forces that are not at all friendly toward Israel or the US and their Western allies. Clearly, the jihadist elements, consisting mainly of foreign fighters, are gaining control of the forces opposed to al-Assad – and they are more of a threat to Israeli security than al-Assad ever was.
And it’s not as though the Israelis, the US and their allies couldn’t have seen it coming; afterall, just about all of the Arab Spring uprisings experienced the same phenomenon where the ordinary people rose up in popular revolt against their rulers only to find that Islamists would eventually dominate the fight.
So, what’s it all about for the Israelis?
Naturally, the Israelis want to hang on to the Golan Heights but this new front line is not so much against Israel but, rather, for Israeli in its battle against all-comers that prevent Israel from realising its dream of a Greater Israel.
As we have seen over the years, Israel has provoked many fights against Palestinians and Arabs with incursions, invasions and occupations, but none yet have led to the all-out war the Israelis need in order to justify the eventual creation of their Greater Israel dream – though the Six Day War of 1967 came very close and another attempt at it while George W. Bush was still President in 2006 also was a blatant attempt at starting just such a war. This time, however, the Israelis are relying on an all-out catastrophic war against Iran to provide the Zionists in Israel with the justification of invading the Gaza Strip, south Lebanon and fully occupying the West Bank – and, of course, consolidating their grip on the Golan Heights. Fuelling the war against Syria’s al-Assad is just another step toward provoking the catastrophic war against Iran.
A fight with Syria’s foreign jihadists over the Golan Heights is just another facet of Israeli provocation that they’d welcome since Sunni fighters are as much an enemy to Israel as Shia fighters are.
Israel will complain that once again they are being attacked by their enemies but the fact is, if push comes to shove over the Golan Heights, Israel will easily defeat their enemies there, and for that reason alone the Israelis are not really worried about the jihadi fighters at their Golan Height borders. For the Israelis, a fight there is a plus, not a minus.