Global Jihad elements have moved into border areas vacated by the Syrian army, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday as he repeated his announcement of intention to build a security fence on the northern frontier like the one nearing completion at the Egyptian border, The Jerusalem Post reported.
At the weekly Cabinet meeting, the prime minister cited the changing situation on the other side of the border with Syria on the Golan Heights as the reason he has directed the Defense Ministry not to disband the staff responsible for the construction of the fence in the south. Instead, they will continue their work, building security barriers on all of Israel’s other borders, “first and foremost on our border with Syria.”
“We know that today, on the other side of the border with Syria, the Syrian army has moved away, and in its place Global Jihad elements have moved in.”
The prime minister said Israel needed to defend the north against both terrorist elements and illegal infiltrators.
Netanyahu also said that the Syrian regime was “very unstable” and that its chemical weapons continued to pose a danger. He said Israel was coordinating its intelligence and assessments with the U.S. “and others,” with the objective to “prepare for any eventuality and possibility that could develop there.”