Nov. 29, 2019
Russia’s Broken Promises on Israel’s Syrian Front – Amos Harel (Ha’aretz)
In the summer of 2018, the regime of Bashar Assad completed the recapture of southern Syria. In return for not intervening in events in the Syrian Golan, Israel was promised that the front would remain quiet.
A Russian-American-Jordanian agreement, and verbal assurances as well from Moscow, stipulated that Iran and its satellites would not be allowed to draw closer than 70 or 80 km. (43-49 miles) from Israel’s border.
None of the Russians’ promises were kept: Iran and its proxies are present on almost every square meter of ground between Damascus and the Israeli border.
Deployed all along the Golan Heights front are observation posts, Syrian units with Iranian advisers, weapons experts from Hizbullah, and local terrorist networks that Hizbullah is setting up.
Since February 2018 there have been six incidents in which rockets and UAVs have been launched at Israel by the Iranians or by militias operating at their directive.