Israel is increasingly concerned about the Iranians installing a military force in the Golan Heights along Israel’s border. Under the former administration of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israelis conducted countless airstrikes against Iranian proxy militias near the Golan.

Now, the new administration of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that the Iranian plans continue, as Bennett warned Tehran against further troop entrenchments. 

In remarks at the Makor Rishon newspaper conference, Bennett stated, “The Golan Heights is Israel, period.” Bennett’s comment illustrates the strategic continuity between his and the former government of Benjamin Netanjahu. 

During the 1967 war, Israel seized the strategic Golan Heights that border Syria and Jordan. The Israeli government vowed never to give the region up again since it dominates the border areas.