Syrian refugees hope for Israeli protection on Golan Heights

An Israeli army vehicle patrolling the border with Syria, near a camp for displaced Syrians. Israel's army spokesman has posted videos showing how it is moving tanks and guns to the Golan Heights - a clear warning to Damascus. Israeli soldiers standi
Israeli soldiers standing atop an army base on the Golan Heights, near the border between Israel and Syria, as they surveyed a camp for displaced Syrians in Daraa, Syria, on Monday. In the past few days, thousands of Syrian refugees have erected hundreds of tents there, hoping the makeshift structures on the border with their historical nemesis will offer protection from their own government.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
An Israeli army vehicle patrolling the border with Syria, near a camp for displaced Syrians. Israel's army spokesman has posted videos showing how it is moving tanks and guns to the Golan Heights - a clear warning to Damascus. Israeli soldiers standi
An Israeli army vehicle patrolling the border with Syria, near a camp for displaced Syrians. Israel's army spokesman has posted videos showing how it is moving tanks and guns to the Golan Heights - a clear warning to Damascus. PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Israel believes that the paradigm of Syria's post-civil war order is being established on the Golan Heights these days. That is why it sent dozens of tanks and howitzers to the border with its archenemy over the weekend, hoping the show of force will prevent a war in the future.

An offensive by the Syrian regime in the Golan Heights poses a serious dilemma for Israel. Since June 19, Syrian regime troops, enjoying Russian air support, have been pounding rebel positions and villages in the province of Daraa, which lies on the border with Jordan and Israel.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2018, with the headline 'Syrian refugees hope for Israeli protection on Golan Heights'. Print Edition | Subscribe