Is Israel backing down on removing Hizballah, Iran from Golan?

A change of policy was indicated by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s words at the Sunday cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. “Israel is threatened from many fronts,” he said. “In the past week alone we witnessed terrorists in action across our southern border in Sinai. We have long been aware of Iran’s efforts to open a second front against us from the Golan in addition to southern Lebanon. We have proved that no one is immune to our resolve to thwart aggression against us. That was true in the past and will be in the future,” Netanyahu said. DEBKAfile: In all his previous remarks on the subject, Netanyahu laid stress on Israel’s determination to remove the new front taking shape on the Golan. He took a different line Sunday, noting only that Israel would react to the new front – only in as far as it launched attacks.

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