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. 

Iranian proxies in Syria are, “striving to establish another army on the border of the Golan Heights. We will continue to act where needed, and when needed, proactively and on a daily basis, so that the Iranian presence in Syria folds. They have no business being there,” Bennett added. “Their adventurism on our northern border needs to end.”


Iran Ready to Sacrifice Syrians to Achieve its Goal

On the Syrian side of the border, chaos and fighting continue due to the Syrian civil war.

Forces loyal to the Assad regime, anti-Assad opposition groups, pro-Iran and Hezbollah proxies, and others are all fighting each other, vying for control of the area. Occasional fire crosses the border into Israel.