The head of IDF operations Major General Nitzan Alon told in an interview with Army Radio that the chances of war in Golan Heights are growing as the Syrian government, backed up by Hezbollah and Iran, achieves more successes against militants in the Syrian war.
“This year has the potential for escalation, and not necessarily because either side wants to initiate it, but because of a gradual deterioration. This has led us to raise the level of preparedness,” Alon said. “In the northern arena, there is a change coming due to the strategic developments in Syrian internal fighting. The Iranians and Hezbollah, who are backing [Damascus], are being freed up to start building their power.”
The general added that Tel Aviv is concerned over the growing Iranian influence in Syria as well as weapons smuggling and missile factories building in Lebanon for Hezbollah.
“We are not allowing these things to happen without our involvement. We are acting and will continue to act,” the general said. “War with Hezbollah could bring in other actors who we’d need to fight.”
Alon also said that Iran “wants to pay for its interests on the northern border in Palestinian blood.”
“If the next war indeed breaks out, it will be rough. But, first and foremost, it will be rough for the other side,” the general claimed adding that the IDF will fight with “maximum force in the minimum amount of time.”