An Israeli tank parks on a hill, near the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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For 1948 Palestinian, Syria only a hop awayWith a propeller on his back and suspended from a parachute, a 23-year-old 1948 Palestinian may have blindsided Israeli surveillance by sheer audacity when he buzzed across the fortified northern frontier into Syria at the weekend. What is clear from the official account is that Israel, ever vigilant for violent spillover from Syria, was unprepared for a member of its oft-scrutinized Palestinian minority using an easily obtained rig to fly over the Golan Heights. After lifting a media blackout on the incident, Israel said Sunday that the man had gone to Syria to join ISIS insurgents.
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