Israeli soldiers stand near the border with Syria in the occupied Golan Heights as they prepare to evacuate a wounded Syrian
Israeli soldiers stand near the border with Syria in the occupied Golan HeightsReuters

Even as the Islamic State has seized more than half of Syria after storming into the historic Palmyra city this week, it has not been successful in reaching Israel's border with Syria in the Golan Heights. 

Isis fighters made two attempts to reach the Israeli border in the Golan Heights this month, but were pushed back by Syrian rebels, though Israel has not responded to these threats, Israel's Ynet News reported. 

Israel must have adopted this line so as not to 'undermine the Syrian rebels' fight against Isis, the new site has said. 

The report states that IS-affiliate group Jaysh Al-Jihad's attack was thwarted near Quneitra while a second attack by Isis' al Yarmouk Brigades was pushed back in Golan Heights jointly by the Free Syria Army and the Jabhat al-Nusra. 

The report comes days after Israeli newspapers reported that Isis-linked fighters were seen in Golan Heights near the border with Israel. 

According to The Jerusalem Post, a group called Saraya al-Jihad (Jihad Brigades) pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and also captured the Qahtaniya village near the border. 

The report also said the same group was responsible for the mortar fire 'spillover' in Israel last month. The Isis-linked group has reportedly reached as close as three kilometers from Kibbutz Ein Zivan in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The JPost report also cited a similar reason for Israel's laidback response to the border activities in Golan Heights, stating that the Israeli forces did not want to interfere in the fighting between rebel groups. 

It also stated that there is a general belief that Israel will not be targeted by the Syrian groups, but that defence arrangements are being readied if a situation occurs. 

Meanwhile, the Islamic State is rapidly making inroads across Bashar al-Assad's Syria, and now reportedly control 50% of the country after capturing Palmyra, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. 

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