Wars Between Israel and Syria: From 1948 to the Present
Throughout 2010, tensions between Syria and Israel were rising, with Israel accusing Syria of transferring powerful Scud missiles to the Hezbollah Islamist militia in Lebanon. The possible ramifications of this development could lead to a new Israel-Syria war. The development of “Arab Spring” protests in Syria into a full-fledged Syrian Civil War also raised tensions in 2012 between Israel and Syria, especially as combat approached the Israeli-held Golan Heights.
Below are the wars fought between Israel and Syria from the 1948-1949 Israeli War of Independence to the rising tensions of today.
Israeli War of Independence/ “al-
On Nov. 13, 1964, Syrian forces stationed on the top of the Golan Heights, a plateau overlooking Israeli territory in the Jordan River valley, fired on Israeli tractors. Israeli forces returned fire. Syrian artillery then targeted Israeli civilian villages. Israel responded with air attacks on Syrian forces. This battle resulted in 4 Israeli dead and 9 wounded. Syrian losses included two tanks and machines involved in the diversion project. One result of this clash was Syria’s accelerated acquisition of more and better Soviet-
The Yom Kippur (Ramadan) War (1973)-
The Israeli Invasion of Lebanon (1982-
Israeli Air Strike on Syria (October, 2003)-
Israeli Air Strike on Syria (Sept. 6, 2007)—Israeli warplanes overflew northern Syria, dropping ordnance on a (publicly) unknown target. According to both the New York Times and ABC News, the target was a nuclear facility being built with North Korean aid and assistance. See War and Conflict Journal’s article on this attack.
As of April, 2010, tensions between Syria and Israel were rising, with Israeli sources indicating that Syria was transferring powerful Scud missiles to the Hezbollah Islamist militia in Lebanon. See an interesting article about the possible ramifications of this development toward a possible new Israel-
Nakba Day Border Incidents-
Syrian Combat Footage Video 2013
Golan Heights Tensions (2012)-
November 11, 2012, in the midst of a battle between Syrian government forces and rebels, the Syrian army fired a mortar shell that landed near an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) outpost at Tel Hazeka in the Golan Heights. The Israeli forces then fired back into Syrian territory. This marks the first time since the conclusion of the 1973 Yom Kippur/Ramadan War that Israel has fire into Syria from their positions in the Golan Heights.
November 12, 2012-
January 30, 2013-
May 3, 2013-
May 5, 2013-
Sources and Links on Wars Between Israel and Syria:
Tensions spike after new Israeli strikes in Syria-
Israel launches air strike on Syria-