Author: GIL HOFFMAN, JPOST.COM STAFF
Posted November 28, 2016
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Islamic State and other groups in Syria Monday that Israel would have a zero tolerance policy for attacks across its border.
Speaking to the Likud faction, he said that over the past few days there were multiple attempts to attack the IDF on the border with Syria.
He said Israel responded with great force and “its enemies” have paid a heavy price.
“We are paying close attention to developments and continuing with determination to implement the policy that I establish: We will not tolerate even isolated fire and we will respond forcefully and attack our enemies when necessary before they succeed in attacking us. We will not permit radical Islam or any other hostile entity to open a front of terror against us on the Golan.”
Early on Monday morning, the IDF on responded for a second time to a Sunday attack by an ISIS-linked terror cell against the Israeli Golani Reconnaissance Battalion operating along the Syrian border.
The military said the Israeli Air Force attack targeted an ISIS-held location in the south of the Syrian Golan heights early Monday.
Some 10 tons of explosives were said to have been dropped by the IAF on the ISIS target in the retaliatory strike the day after killed four members of the Khaled Ibn al-Walid Brigade (formerly known as the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade) cell following a cross-border exchange of fire.
Later Monday, Defense Minister Liberman also threatened ISIS in a meeting of his Yisrael Beytenu faction.
He said that Israel did not have to coordinate its response to attacks in Syria with Russia, and that even though Israel normally holds Syria responsible for attack from its soil, this time it was clear that the perpetrators were from ISIS.
“Israel is not seeking adventure, but we will respond to any attack wherever it comes from with great force,” he said.