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Israel Considers Intervention in the Syrian Civil War

Updated on February 8, 2014

Like a gathering storm approaching, Israel has been taking a wait and see attitude about what is going on next door in Syria. They don't have a lot of options. But their neutrality may change into more dramatic military action certainly to ascerbate the civil war. What is causing this change are the estimated 30,000 al-Qaeda-linked fighters are active in Syria now. Just two years ago, there were not more than 3,000. Because many of these terrorists are near the Israeli border, Israel is ready to embark on cross-border military action to stem this direct threat.

Many suspect that once Assad in Syria goes (or maybe even if the terrorists continue controlling parts of Syria) they will aim at Israel. All very logical. Israeli intelligence are even more worried because another 1,200 Al Qaeda-affiliated fighters have taken up a presence in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. In Egypt, local Salafist supporters have formed a jihadist coalition calling itself Ansar Beit al Maqdis (the Jerusalem Front), taking aim at Israel, as well. This group displayed its prowess by conducting six attacks in Cairo and Sinai, prompting the Egyptian airforce to conduct bombing runs upon them.

What is worrisome to Israel is the fact the reason why many Muslim jihadists have arrived in the Syrian area is they have big plans to establish a big independent Islamic state at the heart of the Middle East. Where? Splintering up Syria. Much of the border with Turkey remains in their control, as do parts of east Syria. The four groups in Syria are: Jabhat al-Nusra, The Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) and the Levant, Ahram al Sham, Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam). Nusra is the power force in Syria, while ISIS controls some of eastern Syria and parts of Iraq. Ahram al Sham contains 15,000 and supported by Saudi Arabia. The Army of Islam is supported by the Saudis and Pakistanis and the largest force in the Damascus area.

What could Israel do?

Israel could make more aggressive pinpoint airstrikes followed by incursion into the Syrian borderland area to create a bigger buffer. They could conduct military operations in the southern sector to ward off large concentrations near Jordan. Conduct assassinations of top al Qaeda commanders.

Whatever they choose to do will be a combination of the above. But preventing the "mounting storm" of terrorists safely unopposed in Syria and Iraq to secure Israel will surely ignite more of war and attacks upon it. Yet, they are feeling it is time to do something more than remain neutral.

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      William J. Prest 

      4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      I understand that a large number of Syrian refugees are now in Lebanon and that is a target too, as in past. There are more the two million in N. Syria in desperate and squalid conditions. Judging how Israel treats Gaza, the West Bank and now the Bedouin, it's just a matter of time. Unfortunately, they (Israel) have the conditional backing of the US and the unconditional backing of the Canadian government.

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      harold ballard 

      4 years ago

      the u.s. is allowing the ahab the arab to enter the country.this is suicide.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      4 years ago

      They have but they are considering a much more direct intervention.

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      William J. Prest 

      4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      I though they already attempted this a few times last year, including the use of a small bunker buster nuke in Damascus on May 5th (at least according to the analysis submitted by knowledgeable veterans).

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