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With the Nusra Front, al-Qaida's Syria wing, now reportedly in control of the Quneitra crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights, Israel must be very clear about its red lines, former National Security Council head Ya'akov Amidror said Wednesday.
“As in the previous battles between the Assad regime and the rebels, we are not in position to determine the fight or the processes in Syria,” Amidror said in a conference call organized by The Israel Project.
But, he added, “We should be very clear about our red lines: no one will cross the border, and if someone will try, we will kill him.”
Likewise, he said, Jerusalem needs to make it clear that “if someone will use rockets or artillery toward Israel, our retaliation will be immediate, and it doesn't matter if it will be the Syrian regular army or the rebels. From our point of view there is a very clear red line, and this is the border. We should not interfere on the other side of the border to save [either] one of the two sides.”
Amidror did say, however, that Israel should “be in a position to help on the basis of humanitarian needs” anyone injured or wounded Israel has established a field hospital on the Golan Heights.
Amidror said that Israel might be the West's “front” in facing the radical Islamic movements.
“It is true about Gaza, relating to Hamas,” he said. “And it might be true about Nusra if they take control on the Golan heights. The threats of radical Islam are not going to stop on the frontiers of Israel, but the West and the democratic countries and others will have to face it near home sooner or later. “ He added that many times in history events and developments “begin with Jews, and continue with others.”