WASHINGTON — Regardless of increasing unrest and insecurity along Israel’s Golan Heights, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his country will not intervene in the Syrian civil war.
Reuters reports that Netanyahu reinforced non-participation, but did warn that Israel could no longer rely on international U.N. forces to maintain the unsteady peace in the Golan Heights region.
UNDOF, or the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force, is the U.N. mission to keep peace between Syria and Israel over the Golan Heights. UNDOF lost its key contributing member in Austria. Austria is withdrawing their troops as soon as they can after violence has escalated in the region as a part of the current Syrian civil war.
Israel has fired back at Syrian positions when fired upon in recent months as the civil war reaches the Syrian borders, threatening its neighbors. Israel had an air strike take out a military facility this past May, but still reinforces its position to not involve itself in the civil war.
Another neighbor, Lebanon, is almost at the tipping point after one protester was killed in Beirut by Hezbollah forces, after protesters assembled to protest the Iranian-backed terrorist organization’s involvement in Syria.
Also, Jordan has closed a prominent border crossing between it and Syria after increasingly dangerous border skirmishes rose in the last couple months.