Golan Heights

Israel worries about Isil terrorists on northern border, within 20 miles of town of Safed

Israel is increasingly concerned about the presence of Isil terrorists on its north-eastern border in the occupied Golan Heights – only 20 miles from the town of Safed.

The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade has declared allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-styled “caliph” of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). This group has between 600 and 1,000 fighters within striking range of Israel.

They are located in the southern Syrian Golan Heights, near the triangle where the Israeli, Jordanian and Syrian borders meet. “We are observing and watching them to make sure there are no surprises,” said Major Arye Sharuz Shalicar, an Israeli military spokesman.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Attacking Israel is the worst mistake any of these thugs can make. Israel’s defense minister has said he can wipe out ISIS in a few days.

    • I hope they do.

    • disqusW6sf

      Hope you’re right.

    • FactsWillOut

      It isn’t in Israels interest to wipe out ISIS in Syria.
      As long as Syria is destabilized, they and Iran pose less of a threat to Israel.

      • Unfortunately, Israel is screwed either way. If Israel did do humanity a favour and destroy ISIS, Israel would just have to contend with Iran a lot sooner.

        Oh, to be popular!

        • FactsWillOut

          I just hope Israel is building lots of nukes.
          As for her doing humanity a favor, well, the rest of the planet hasn’t done her any favors, so I think she should act in her own best interests. Start by clearing out Gaza and the West bank, annexing and consolidating everything from the Golan heights to the Sinai, and behaving much more belligerently.
          The pussified west will make annoying bleating and mewling noises, but that’s about it.

          • Nukes might be overkill in that small region. A good and total shelling should do it.

            By killing ISIS, Israel would be doing itself a favour first.

          • FactsWillOut

            Nukes can be made very small and clean, nowadays.
            Look up “Davey Crockett nuke”
            Also, nothing makes so effective a deterrent.
            There are also tactical issues in fighting ISIS in Syria: they would need to be invited by Assad, or they would wind up provoking the Russians, which would be very unhealthy.
            Russia is still a nuclear superpower, and, while Israel’s nuclear deterrent is useful against Iran and other players in the ME, it’s usefulness against Russia is something else altogether.
            If Bibi could work with Assad, that could work for both Assads and Bibi’s advantage, but there is the looming specter of Iran, which, unless taken down a few pegs, will have a strong say in Syrian policy.
            So, Israel should nuke Iran back a couple of centuries (at least in terms of Iran’s ability to wage war), and then make overtures to Assad.
            There is nothing like a mushroom cloud or two to make people see sense.

          • Russia has other ways of deterring Israel without nukes.

            Netanyahu would have to really make nice with Assad and then sell it to the Israeli public.

          • FactsWillOut

            The issue, as I see it, is that Assad could not maintain diplomatic ties with Iran and help Israel at the same time.
            If Assad should forge stronger ties with Israel, then Iran becomes an existential threat to his already fragile regime, and Israel, given the past hostilities with Syria, could not be trusted to bail out Assad in the face of hostilities from Iran.

            I don’t think Russia cares what Israel and Iran get up to, as long as Iran can continue to be a trading partner. Destroying Iran’s military abilities would only strengthen Russia in the region, and maybe lead to an Iran-Saudi war.

            Myself, I like the Iranian people, and would not like to see them slaughtered wholesale, as they are a pretty westernized, sophisticated bunch. The regime that rules them, however, needs killing. As for the Saudi, Paki, and Syrian citizens, I really don’t care.

          • Russia cares about its Syrian section of the pipeline. If Russia can’t have Iran as a trade partner, it will look elsewhere (North Korea wouldn’t be as lucrative, though).

            Unless the Iranians overthrow their government and thus avoid war, I fear a conflict between the Israelis and the mad ayatollahs is inevitable.

          • Norman_In_New_York

            Israelis like the Iranian people too and would prefer regime change to war. Should the ayatollahs be overthrown by Persian nationalists, the regional balance of power would do a 180.

          • FactsWillOut

            I should also point out that it isn’t Russia stopping Israel from taking care of Gaza and the rest, it’s US, as in the west.

          • Correction: it’s Obama.

            Netanyahu just needs to step it up.

          • Norman_In_New_York

            Bibi and Putin have been consulting on a regular basis. It appears that they respect each other’s interests. Both men favor Kurdish independence even if that slices territory off of Assad’s domain. An Israeli-Kurdish alliance would be the strongest force in the region, and Bibi would happily let Putin keep his military enclave in northwestern Syria.

    • Canadian

      I`m sure they can!

  • canminuteman

    I would pay good money for ring side seats to that fight.

    • lolwut?

      Well, ISIS fighters like to wear GoPro’s, so you may get to see some action later.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Israel’s arsenal is the stuff of science fiction. Force fields, death rays, robotics are either deployed or under development. They recently introduced small “suicide drones” that can crash into and destroy enemy columns.

  • If there is even the slightest provocation, Israel should hammer them.

  • Minicapt

    Merkava 4 MBTs.


  • FactsWillOut

    They’re not ISIL terrorists, they’re ISIL troops.