Israeli defense chief: Syrian front will be more quiet with Assad rule restored

Israel and Syria remain at odds over the disputed Golan Heights which was occupied by Israel as a result of the 1967 Six-Day War with Syria and annexed by the Jewish State in 1981.
A Syrian army soldier gestures as he holds a Syrian flag in Quneitra, Syria July 27, 2018. / Sputnik

The Syrian government has been restoring its control over the country, with the latest military operation being carried out against jihadists in the south of the Arab Republic.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has stated that he believes that the Syrian front will be more quiet with the restoration of the Assad government's control.

 

"From our perspective, the situation is returning to how it was before the civil war, meaning there is a real address, someone responsible, and central rule," Lieberman pointed out.

 

Asked whether Israel should be less concerned of potential Golan Heights-related tensions, he said: "I believe so."

 

In July, Lieberman pledged a "harsh response" to any attempts by the Syrian Army to enter the Golan Heights, which became a demilitarized zone in accordance with the 1974 disengagement agreement.

The UN-monitored accord envisages that both sides abandon their plans to build up military forces on both sides of the demarcation line.

Israel and Syria remain at odds over the disputed Golan Heights which was occupied by Israel as a result of the 1967 Six-Day War with Syria and annexed by the Jewish State in 1981. The annexation has never been recognized by the international community.

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