The Times of Israel: “The relative quiet on Israel’s border with Syria can be shattered by Hezbollah, the Islamic State or another fringe jihadist group seeking to make a statement about its dedication to the fight against Israel, a senior IDF official warned on Monday.
For almost 40 years the Israeli-Syrian border was one of the country’s quietest, with a United Nations presence, in the form of UNDOF soldiers, helping to keep the peace.
But in the five years since the outbreak of the bloody Syrian civil war, which according to some estimates has claimed the lives of nearly half a million people, that border has become a powder-keg.
Opinion: There’s oil in them thar hills.
The huge oil deposit in the Golan heights is enough to last Israel for decades, and virtually no one is talking about it.
The EU and UN have been demanding since the 1967 war that Israel give back the Golan Heights along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem. On May 19, 2011 President Barack Obama joined the chorus of voices for Israel to go back to the pre-’67 borders, leaving Prime Minister Netanyahu no choice but to defy the whole world.
While Israel already gave up the Sinai and Gaza in exchange for peace that has never come, the Golan is a strategic buffer that would give an enemy army clear rocket fire into Tel Aviv rendering the nation indefensible.
With President Obama’s term in office winding down, there is a growing frustration that a two-state solution is slipping away. Senior US officials revealed on March 8, that the President is looking to initiate a final negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority using United Nations Security Council resolutions, a step that would obligate not only Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but effectively determine the direction of US policy for the president’s successor as well.
As part of the land for peace scheme Golan would go back to Syria and so would Israel’s oil and security.
And judgement will come upon every nation involved Genesis 12:3, Joel 3:1-2.
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