Syrian Chaos Forces Israel to Prepare for War

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- The U.S. has been arming rebel forces in Syria and may be helping train them in Jordan. Now some of those same groups are threatening to invade Israel.

Two years of Syrian civil war have killed 70,000 as the fighting threatens to spill over into surrounding countries including Israel. The situation will be a top issue for President Obama on his upcoming trip to the Jewish nation.

"Syria is deteriorating from any point of view…The organs of the regime are totally dysfunctional and the large areas are today a prey for all the militias," Middle East expert Dr. Mordechair Kedar said.

While the West agrees President Bashar Assad's Iranian and Shite-backed regime must go, the Sunni-backed opposition and Jihadis could be just as bad.

"Both are vicious. Both are abusing human rights. Both are abusing women because this is the culture of the Middle East," Kedar said.

The fighting within Syria has reached all the way to Israel's borders. Syrian army and rebel forces have been fighting for control over Moshav Alonei Habashan, a village with a population of 290 people.

"It's Israel's closest community to Syria... only about half a mile from the border," Amir Duvdenai, a local therapeuic horseback riding teaching said. "We hear bombs. We hear like snipers. We hear them all the time… Two times shells were found in the moshav but actually the life is going on. We have to continue."

Rebel forces recently kidnapped 21 U.N. peacekeepers, holding them for three days in the village. While they were released unharmed, their 40-year mission is in shambles.

Several countries have withdrawn their troops and others may follow, potentially leaving a dangerous area in chaos.

Jihadis also released an Internet video blaming Assad and his father before him for not firing a single shot on the Golan Heights in 40 years.

Kedar warned that won't be all.

"After they take care of Assad in Syria, they will go to take out Nasrallah from his hole in the ground and to kill him and this will be on the way to Jerusalem to liberate Jerusalem from the Zionists and the Jews," he said.

The Golan Heights sits just 40 miles from Damascus. Israel took the strategic plateau during the 1967 Six-Day War and it's been Israel's quietest border for nearly four decades.

But resident Chen Mordechai, a veteran of three Israeli wars, said that could be changing.

"They'll infiltrate. They'll carry out a terror attack. It's a question of time because there's no leader, there's no authority, no law there. Everyone is doing what's in his own head," he said.

So, while Israel wants to maintain quiet along the border, the chaos in Syria forces Israel to be ready for war. 

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