Report: Israel Planning Strikes Within 25 Miles of Golan Heights

YERUSHALAYIM -

The Israeli military is planning to wipe out Iranian bases within 25 miles of the Israel-Syria border on the Golan Heights, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida on Sunday.

The paper quoted an unnamed source who claimed that during Syrian President Bashar Assad’s visit to Moscow last week, Assad gave Russian Premier Vladimir Putin a message for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Assad said he would go along with a demilitarized zone of up to 25 miles from the Israel border, on condition that Israel does not actively seek to topple his regime.

Putin reportedly transmitted the message to Netanyahu, who was amenable to the deal, but stipulated that Iran and Hezbollah must be removed from Syria.

Throughout the Syrian civil war, Israel has remained neutral while asserting its right to protect its security interests. That has taken the form of over 100 air strikes to interdict arms shipments to Hezbollah, by admission of Israeli officials.