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Israel: IDF Concerned UN Vote on Palestinian State May Lead to Tensions with Syria


By Anshel Pfeffer – “The Israel Defense Forces is readying for possible engagement with the Syrian military in September, should the latter involve itself in new attempts by Palestinians in Syria to storm the border with the Golan Heights in connection with a UN vote on recognizing a Palestinian state.

The IDF acknowledges it may be necessary to deal with Syrian military intervention in such a scenario, which could occur if Syria tried to deflect world attention from the ongoing demonstrations in that country – and their bloody suppression – by creating an incident on the border.

If such a mass infiltration results in the IDF having to shoot at the protesters, the Syrian army may send units to ‘defend Syrian citizens.’

Thus, for the first time since the Yom Kippur War, there could be a military confrontation, with the IDF being compelled to send forces to confront Syrian battalions.

Until now, the IDF assessment had been that Syrian President Bashar Assad was interested in maintaining quiet along the border.

But Assad’s domestic troubles, coupled with evidence that he had previously – in May and in June – encouraged hundreds of Palestinians to storm the border, has changed that assessment.” Read more.

  1. 08/13/2011 at 12:46 PM

    Abbas will personally present the request to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon… at the opening of the ((((( sixty-sixth session,))))) ” he was quoted as saying by the French news wire. “[Abbas] will insist on this historic initiative and Ban Ki-moon will present the request to the Security Council.”

    http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=233625

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