Israeli military forces are getting ready for a possible military engagement with Syria if the UN votes for an independent Palestinian state in September, a report says.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) says such vote might lead to tensions with Syria, provoking the Palestinians living in Syria to storm into the occupied Golan Heights, Haaretz reported.
It warned if the Syrian army supported such an attempt, Israel would take the necessary action which would lead to a military confrontation.
Meanwhile, the Israeli military has started to train its officers to deal with expected mass civilian disturbances.
Tel Aviv also plans to deploy senior officers, battalion and brigade commanders at possible confrontation zones in the West Bank, as well as along the Gaza, Syrian and Lebanese borders.
Palestinians will attempt to obtain recognition of a sovereign state when the UN General Assembly meets in September. The United States and the Tel Aviv regime remain opposed to the move.
Membership at the United Nations requires a recommendation from the UN Security Council and the approval of two-thirds of the General Assembly, equal to 128 countries.