Late last week, the Israeli military hit Syrian Army positions near the Golan Heights in retaliation following a rogue shell that landed east of the fence in the disputed Israeli-Palestinian territory.
During a visit to the disputed Golan Heights on Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, in particular, that he does not exclude a thaw in ties between Tel Aviv and Damascus.
“I reckon we are a long way from that, but we are not ruling out anything,” Lieberman said when asked whether the two countries will be able to establish “some kind of relationship.”
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At the same time, he pledged to respond harshly to any attempts by the Syrian military to enter the demilitarized area in the Golan Heights.
“For our part, we will sanctify the 1974 disengagement agreement and there too we will insist that every last letter be abided by, and any violation will meet a harsh response from the State of Israel,” Lieberman pointed out.
He also warned against “the Iranian presence in Syria”, vowing that the Israeli military would retaliate “with force” against any terrorist infrastructure that it identifies in the region.
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“We’re warning those organizations associated with Iranian militias that try to establish a terror network in the Golan…