Israel is keeping a close watch on the developments in Syria and intends to create a buffer zone within the Syrian border to block radical groups from getting close to Israeli territories, if Bashar al-Assad’s regime falls.
According to AFP, sources mentioned that “Israel wants some sort of buffer zone within Syrian territory, and let everyone know. This is to prevent a situation where terror reaches the fence without us being able to prevent it, by allowing us to see it.”
While the nature of the planned buffer zone is not clear, an Israeli military source told AFP that new security fence along its armistice line with Syria was almost completed.
According to Global Times, Israel’s plans envisage the creation of a buffer strip stretching more than 16 km in the Golan Heights. Initially, Israeli will deploy two infantry brigades and a tank battalion within Syrian territory.
Anticipating the imminent fall of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the Israeli military has accelerated the creation of the buffer zone that began last year.
Reportedly, the new hi-tech security fence is being built along the border. Considered as the world's most advanced security fence, the barrier would employ sensors and detectors that will routinely deliver data to a computerized control center and alert security personnel on suspicious activities.
Syria and Israel remain at war over the Golan Heights issue. Israel captured Golan Heights in the 1967 in the Six Day War and annexed it in 1981. However, its annexation of Golan Heights is not recognized by the international community.