While Hezbollah is fully ensconced in southern Lebanon, a constant threat to Israel's northern border, the Israeli military is determined not to allow Iran to do the same in the Syrian Golan Heights. The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross writes that Israel will not let this happen, even if it means dealing with some Iranian retaliation from the north:
Israel’s north shares a border with two countries. In one country — Lebanon — Israel stayed quiet as the Hezbollah terror group amassed an estimated arsenal of over 100,000 missiles and rockets in the nearly 12 years since the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
In the other, Syria, it’s determined not to repeat that mistake.
To that end, Israel has taken a far more aggressive stance toward the entrenchment of Iranian forces and proxies in the civil war-torn country — allegedly striking not only positions along the border but also weapons caches and bases deep inside Syria — even though that policy may mean open conflict with Tehran.
On Sunday, Israeli defense officials warned that clashes with Iran could be rapidly approaching, briefing members of the press about recent Iranian efforts toward a suspected retaliatory strike against military targets in northern Israel in the immediate future in response to recent airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria that have been attributed to the Jewish state.
These raids notably include one on the T-4 air base on April 9 that killed at least seven members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and for which Iranian officials have vowed revenge. Jerusalem refuses to comment on the strike, but has said in the past that it is prepared to take action to prevent Iranian entrenchment in Syria. Israeli jets bombed the T-4 base in February after a drone carrying explosives was flown from it into Israel.
“Iran is in the process of building a war machine in Syria, and we are determined to prevent it from materializing on the ground,” Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, a former head of Military Intelligence and one-time national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told reporters on Monday...