Israel Vows ‘Harsh Response’ to Any Syrian Ops in Demilitarized Golans

Monday, July 9, 2018
By Paul Martin

On Sunday night, Syrian air defense forces thwarted a strike that targeted the Tiyas military air base in Homs province, with Syrian state media placing the responsibility on Israel.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed to “respond harshly” to any attempts by the Syrian military to enter the demilitarized area in the Golan Heights.

“For our part, we will sanctify the 1974 disengagement agreement and there too we will insist that every last letter be abided by, and any violation will meet a harsh response from the State of Israel,” the minister announced, speaking in parliament.

The Defense Ministry’s statement comes after an incident two days ago when an Israeli military aircraft targeted Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights after a rogue shell fell between Israeli-controlled and Syrian government-held territories. Tel Aviv claims the right to open fire on any military target on Syrian territory which it considers to be violating the 1974 agreement.

The abovementioned agreement is a UN-monitored armistice that forbids a military buildup on both sides of the demarcation line. The Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria was signed in 1974 and officially ended the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

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