Israel Seeks UN Action on Syrian Tanks in Golan Heights
Israel has asked the UN Security Council to take action on Syria, who has recently sent tanks into a demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights and has created a dangerous escalation. The Golan Heights is the most northern section of Israel and was captured from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day war. 155-square miles between Israel and Syria is designated as an area of separation where Syrian military forces are not allowed (under a formal 1973 ceasefire). This zone has been quiet since that ceasefire, but this week, it was reported that three Syrian tanks had entered the area and were involved in fighting with rebels.
"The tanks remain in this area. Just today, gunfire from the Syrian side of the border struck an Israeli patrol," Israeli U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor wrote to the Security Council in a letter dated on Monday and released on Tuesday. He added, "The international community and the Security Council should address this alarming development without delay to prevent further escalation.”
Syrian tanks entering the Golan Heights represents an escalated danger that could have further and grave implications for the security and stability of Israel. It is also a violation of the ceasefire agreement. In light of the terrorism in Syria, anything coming into Israel is a threat. Please pray for the security of Israel’s borders!