On October 15, Syria and Israel reopened the Quneitra border crossing in the Golan Heights for the first time in four years. The Syrian flag was raised at the crossing, and as it reopened, the UN peacekeeping force UNDOF sent a number of white trucks from Syria to the Israeli-held area.
Maj. Nehemia Berkey, the Israeli liaison to UNDOF, told media that the reopening of the crossing “symbolizes the return of the enforcement of the 1974 disengagement agreement [between Israel and Syria]”.
On the same day, a crossing between Syria and Jordan was opened for the first time in three years. The reopening of the crossing allows the sides to restore free movement of civilians and good between the sides.
The reopening of Naseeb is major financial relief to the Damascus government by restoring a much-needed gateway for Syrian exports to other Arab countries. The resumption of commercial trade is also a diplomatic victory for Syria and its allies.
Furthermore, the reopening of the aforementioned crossings shows the de-escalation of the situation in southern Syria in general, a move for a long time supported by the Russian side. It seems that despite all the speculations in the mainstream media, the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance has emplyoed a right appraoch and achieved an important victory in the area.