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Israeli official warns of ‘unstable’ border with Syria, jihadists

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In the “foreseeable” future, the Syrian-Israeli border will be very “unstable,” an Israeli official told Al Arabiya in an interview on Monday.

As a result of the civil war and the inability of the Syrian regime to control various opposition fighter groups, who are taking control of some parts of the border, Israel cannot remain indifferent, Ranaan Gissin, who was Senior Advisor to Israel’s former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said.

While he dubbed the Syrian-Israeli border since 1974 as the “quietest” in comparison to other Arab countries, Gissin warned of jihadist elements infiltrating.

“Various elements such as the Revolutionary Guards from Iran, Hezbollah and other global jihads groups are taking control over some parts of the border. Israel cannot remain indifferent, we have no intention of getting involved in Syria, but in the foreseeable future this border will very unstable.”

To defend its areas along the Syrian border, Israel is building a hi-tech “smart” wall aided with sensors and cameras to shield its territory away from any spillover coming from the Syrian conflict.

However, late December, Israel denied that it was building a wall, and said it is only reinforcing existing barriers.

“What we are trying to do is to bolster our defenses and try to ensure the same deterrence vis-à-vis the Syrian army, we will have vis-à-vis the terrorist groups controlling some area.”

Gissin said it is not only the Syrian-Israeli border that is seeing high-tension, but Syria’s borders with other neighboring countries are witnessing the same situation.

The situation in Syria is becoming increasingly of a global concern, he warned, as jihadist groups such as Al-Qaeda might gain control over long-range missiles or chemical weapons.

On Sunday, embattled President Bashar al-Assad accused Israel of trying to destabilize Syria following reported attacks on a weapons convoy and a military research base outside Damascus last week.