Israeli early warning station on Mount Hermon

Israelis watch intently as Syrian rebel forces approach Golan Heights border

The top of Mount Hermon bristles with the golfball antennae, surveillance masts and bunkers that make up Israel’s northernmost intelligence base. Damascus is a blur in the distance, but the villages on the edge of the Golan Heights are easily visible below, deceptively peaceful in the afternoon sun.

Perched on the windswept 6,500 ft peak, the Israeli army has a bird’s eye view of what is happening as Syria disintegrates. Hadr, a pro-regime Druze village, fell to rebel fighters on Wednesday. Nearby Jubata al-Khashab is held by loyalist forces. Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaida, is advancing.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Israel, of course, would rather not get involved in next door’s family quarrel, but its Druze minority, with a sterling record of loyalty and support of the Jewish state, is pushing it into aiding their Syrian cousins. When the Nusra Front of Al Qaeda issued a public apology for the killing of 20 Druze infidels, something unprecedented in the history of those terrorists, I would bet it came after Israeli threats.

    Intervention on behalf of the Druze would be a golden opportunity for Israel to establish a Druze mini-state that would serve as an effective buffer zone and also lead to a Kurdish alliance that would benefit the region.

  • k

    The West has too many RULES to obey which…
    everyone else does not …and…the everyone else get away with it….!
    How can Western countries fight when policies driven by the idealistic/peace-nik folk render Western countries impotent?