IDF: No evidence of Islamic State presence at Syria border

The Israel-Syria border crossing at Quneitra. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) “does not recognize any Islamic State presence [at the Israel-Syria border]” and the Golan Heights are safe to visit during the High Holidays, IDF Col. Nir Ben-David said on Sunday.

Ben-David is deputy commander of the IDF’S 210th Division, which is stationed on the Golan Heights and the Syrian border. “There are other [groups] operating there,” he said. “Islamic State is still far off, many kilometers away. In the past year, the [al-Qaeda-aligned] Nusra Front has made headway on the Syrian [border].”

The IDF is closely monitoring the Syrian border, Ben-David said. 

“We have developed many new capabilities in the Golan Heights. We are making changes and staying one step ahead of the enemy,” he said, according to Israel Hayom.

Posted on September 22, 2014 .