Haaretz, Apr 9, 2017
An Israeli soldier stands guard on the Israel-Syria border, August 21, 2015. AFP
Even before Thursday’s missile strike launched by U.S. Sixth Fleet destroyers at a Syrian air base on the order of President Donald Trump – and it is still too early to determine whether this has any long-term effect on the course of the civil war in Syria, and the involvement of the superpowers there –
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu started discussing the establishment of two buffer zones in southern Syria: one between Israel and Syria, and the other between Syria and Jordan. Both are meant to be on the Syrian side of the border and without any Israeli presence (Barak Ravid, Haaretz, April 7).
This is a dangerous idea that attempts to take advantage of an opportunity – the collapse of the Syrian regime during the six years of this interminable war that seems far from over – but could quickly turn into a costly trap. Israel does not need external safety cordons that would constitute de facto occupation, albeit by remote control, thereby perpetuating regional conflicts [....]
The assessment that the Syrian state will never return to what it was before 2011, and that it is doomed to be split into regions based on geography or ethnicity, needs proving [....]