U.N. vehicles drive in Syria near the border fence with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights September 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
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Israel's frontier with Syria, where militants have kidnapped 45 U.N. peacekeepers, has become a magnet for Islamist activity and Israel itself is now a target, the defense minister and security analysts said Tuesday."Iran's fingerprints can be seen in Syria, including in the Golan Heights, in attempts to use terror squads against us," Yaalon told an economic conference as he set out the combined threat from Islamist groups in Syria.In their latest assault, the Nusra Front fighters seized 45 Fijians serving as U.N. monitors in the demilitarized zone on the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria. Israel has bolstered its forces in the Golan Heights, a rugged plateau seized from Syria during the 1967 war, with armored patrols keeping a close eye across the frontier, sometimes passing within 300 meters of Nusra Front fighters.The frontier between Israel and Syria has been administered by the United Nations since 1974, a year after the last war between them.
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