November 14, 2012

Israel's Borders Are Getting Hot

Jonathan Spyer, Tablet Magazine

AP Photo

This week, Israel found itself targeted yet again: Missile and rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza terrorized Israelis living in towns and cities in the Negev, while on the northern border, the IDF fired a warning missile at Syria after apparently misdirected Syrian mortar fire hit the Golan Heights. The situations in Gaza and Syria are quite different, but the details of the two combined add up to picture of Israel’s dramatically changed strategic situation as a result of the upheavals in the Arab world and the advance of Sunni Islamism. These developments are heating up formerly quiet borders—and adding new, worrying dimensions to long-standing conflicts.

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TAGGED: Golan Heights, Syria, Hamas, Gaza, Israel

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