Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
Are the Israeli Border Outposts within the UNDOF AO? Genuine question, because the UNDOF AO is quite thin in parts, and the Southern area in particular, where this incident is supposed to have happened. Other reports say it happened on the "Israeli Controlled Golan Heights".
Also, there is no mention of UNDOF, and Israel would be first to shout about it's failure to deal with Hezballah. Equally UNDOF and the UN have made no mention of the incident.
The zone is defined by two line, Alpha and Beta; these are the lines defining the zone of separation which was part of the ceasefire agreement. In that agreement the Israeli forces had to withdraw to behind the Alpha line and not station any large military units with a zone up to 25km from the line. On their side Syria had to do the same, this is why their are also UNTSO also in the area. It is these two opposing forces that UNDOF and the OGG are there to monitor as no-one in 1974 ever thought that there would be a group like Daresh in Syria and that the Syrian government would not have full control of their side of the border.

The southern part is extremely thin, but the Israelis are not stupid and have their OP's some distance back from the Alpha line. A quick look at the UNDOF deployment map show most of the OP's in the area as unoccupied. But this is no surprise as the primary mission is not border control. Looking at the video it is highly likely that the strike happened between the Alpha line and the Israeli security fence, thus on the Israeli side.

There is a major difference between the situation on the Golan to that in South Lebanon, and that is Israel has a major advantage with UNDOF in place. It gives them plenty of time to react to any Syrian Army build-up. Little incidents like this are just an excuse to throw some blame at the government of Syria although they know it could do nothing to stop it. As for the UN it cannot sit good knowing that armed group can easily enter and cross an area you control.