The growing unrest in Damascus, and President Bashar Assadcontinuous attempts to blame the West in general and Israel is particular for the violence plaguing the country, has translated into growing agitation; and the volatile climate means one thing – a terror attack against Israeli targets in the area is only a matter of time.
Not 'if' – when
Syria, as a symbol that it does recognize Israel's sovereignty in the Golan Heights, has never built a border fence in the area. Israel's original border, laid out in 1976 and now rusting away, is being replaced with a state-of-the-art fence.
"In my 25 years in the IDF, I've never seen such non-combat deployment in the area," Nahal Commander Colonel Yehuda Fox, whose troops are preparing to relieve Golani troops along the border, told Ynet.
"We're gearing for all scenarios in the sectors. The build-up is underway. If we do see a complex terror attack on the border, the last thing we could say is that is was a surprise and any such incident would have to be contained very quickly."
The timing of such a terror attack, if the IDF's scenarios prove true – whether it would take place before or after the demise of Assad's regime – is unknown; and neither is the nature of the day after.