In early July 2018, the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak issued information that Israel intends to create a buffer zone 40 km deep on the border with Syria.
The reason for the news was the largest in recent years, transfer of armored and artillery forces of Israel to the border with Syria, organized on July 1 this year. In particular, the 210th division of the IDF, deployed on the Golan Heights, was reinforced. According to a report posted in Twitter account of the Israeli army, the decision to transfer a significant amount of military equipment “was the result of the analysis of the operational situation that is going on on the Israeli-Syrian border.”
According to Yeni Safak analysts, the deployment of reinforcements at the border is nothing more than “the last preparatory step before the creation of the buffer zone, the purpose of which is to annex additional regions to the occupied Golan Heights.” Literally a couple of days before the transfer of military equipment in the Israeli media, information was spread about the “growing wave of refugees from Syria”, allegedly endangering the national security of the state because of the presence of various jihadist groups terrorists among refugees. Thus, the Israeli state in advance prepared the public for a possible land operation in the Golan Heights area. Reports of Syrian refugees allegedly threatening the security of Israel have become an excellent pretext for a large-scale transfer of troops.
It should be noted that the Israeli command hastened to assure the world community that the IDF does not intend to interfere in the fighting of Syrian government troops with opposition forces. Pointing out at the same time that it would require Damascus to comply with the agreements on the separation from 1974, which envisage the establishment of a demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights and the presence of UN peacekeepers there.
However, in this case, you can hardly trust the Israeli government. The sudden rocket attacks on the territory of Syria in April and May of this year clearly confirmed that Israel is ready to start any active military actions under any pretext (in this case – under the pretext of fighting Iran), regardless of the Syrian government or the position of Moscow and Tehran.
At the moment, the Syrian army, with the support of Russian aerospace forces, has begun to sweep the provinces of Quneitra and Deraa. Such successful advancement caused panic in Tel-Aviv, because it means the approach to the Israeli borders, including the Iranian military.
Trying to prevent this, Netanyahu drew attention to the issue of Vladimir Putin, who deemed to have influence on Tehran. Apparently, they managed to agree, since Israel did not put obstacles in the process of deploying Syrian and Russian forces near its borders.
However, further events began which, most likely, will lead to active actions from the Israeli side. The other day the Syrian leadership said that the Russian Anti-aircraft missile and gun system “Pantsir-S1” will be deployed near the Golan Heights. And their purpose is to counter air attacks from Israel.
So the creation of a permanent additional buffer zone on the Golan Heights between Israel and the Syrian troops, which would be kept by Islamic militants loyal to Israel, is a matter of the near future. And now is as relevant as ever for Tel Aviv.

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