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Bibi Vows to Defend Border Amid Assad Onslaught

PM Netanyahu on Golan Heights, April 2016 (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO)

As Syria's cruel dictator Bashar al-Assad continues his attacks on his own people, the situation to Israel's north grows ever more dire. In response, The Times of Israel reports, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to protect Israel's border while also providing humanitarian aid to Syrians who need it:

“Regarding southern Syria, we will continue to defend our borders. We will extend humanitarian assistance to the extent of our abilities,” Netanyahu said at the start of the cabinet meeting. “We will not allow entry into our territory and we will demand that the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement with the Syrian army be strictly upheld.”

The prime minister also said that the situation was being discussed at the highest international levels, with contact between Jerusalem and the White House and Kremlin, as well as communications between the Israeli defense minister and military chief-of-staff and their respective counterparts in Russia and the United States.

The prime minister’s statement comes as the IDF announced Sunday that the northern border with Syria has been reinforced with artillery and tank units. In a statement, the military said that “the IDF attaches great importance to maintaining the disengagement agreement between Israel and Syria which has been in place since 1974.

“In addition, the IDF will continue to insist on the principle of non-involvement in the situation in Syria, alongside a policy of a firm response to any violation of Israeli sovereignty and the creation of a risk to its residents.”

The IDF also noted that it would continue to extend humanitarian assistance to those in need...

Tags: Syria , Netanyahu , Israel

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