Jan. 15, 2016
If UN Positions on Syria Border Fall to Radicals, Israel Will Have to Respond – Yaakov Lappin (Jerusalem Post)
The capture of UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) positions on Mount Hermon on the Syria-Israel border by Sunni terrorist factions, or by elements from the radical Shi’ite axis, would form a “severe threat to IDF posts” in the area, Brig.-Gen. (res.) Assaf Orion warned in a paper for the Institute for National Security Studies, where he is a senior research fellow.
UNDOF is now made up of a Nepalese company that holds four Hermon posts, a company from Fiji that holds a post near Israeli territory, and an incoming Irish company that will take over Ziwani Camp on the Israeli side of the border.
UNDOF retains a number of lookout posts, but 46 posts have been abandoned and captured by rebels, who looted them in recent years.