Debkafile: “Israeli military bulldozers backed by tanks have crossed into the demilitarized zone dividing the Israeli and Syrian Golan borders. They are building a line of fortifications and anti-tank trenches 300-500 meters inside the DMZ.
This is the first time in the six-year Syrian war that the IDF has openly operated on the Syrian side of the border. The force has not so far run into opposition- or indeed any word of protest – or even mention – by Assad regime officials in Damascus.
The sole reference to Israeli military movements in the DMZ has come from a small Syrian rebel group which described them. debkafile’s military sources report that the IDF operation was still going forward Wednesday, July 12, on a patch of terrain facing the Israeli Golan village of Ein Zivan, on the one hand, and the Syrian town of Quneitra, on the other.”
Opinion: The 5000 lb. elephant in the room is oil. On October 8, 2015 Israel announced a major oil find in the Golan Heights, and since then little has been reported as several environmental groups are leading protests on the drilling sites.
While the Jerusalem Post reported in February that commercial viability is still being determined, tanks moving into the demilitarized zone for the first time since the six year old Syrian war began just might be a clue as to how valuable the oil find is.
Always in the forefront of any discussion of Syria is the still unfulfilled 2700 year old prophecy in Isaiah 17:
Isaiah 17:1 “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap.”
Isaiah 17:14 “Then behold, at eventide, trouble! And before the morning, he is no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, And the lot of those who rob us.”
(Thanks to Josh for sending this in)