A couple look towards signs pointing out distances to different cities, on Mount Bental, an observation post in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that overlooks the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing, Israel January 21, 2019.
With President Bashar al-Assad regaining control of southern Syria with the help of Russian Federation and Hezbollah backer Iran, Israel is concerned a front against it could be established there.
Iran and Hezbollah - the Lebanon-based Shi'a proxy of the Tehran regime - have both deployed forces in Syria in recent years to bolster their ally, the Assad regime, in the civil war there.
Israeli intelligence officers said that the unit consists of several dozen Lebanese Hizbollah operatives who have recruited a network of local Syrian fighters. Daqduq, a senior Hezbollah leader, was captured by United States troops in Basra, Iraq in 2007.
In 2012, Daqduq was released by Iraq due to lack of evidence after being accused of plotting to kill five U.S. soldiers in the Iraqi city of Karbala.
Some have had training in sabotage, sharpshooting and firing Grad rockets, it said in a statement. Broadcasting the Hezbollah terror cell on social media for all the world to see is clearly meant to serve as a way of stating Israel's case before an unconcerned world of the real dangers brewing on our borders.
At this stage the Hezbollah plot - known within the organization as the "Golan File" - mostly involves collecting intelligence and recruiting operatives, but also has weaponry in its possession, mainly explosives, light arms, machine guns and antitank missiles, according to the IDF. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is facing a criminal indictment on corruption charges, is campaigning for re-election for a fourth consecutive term.
Foreign Minister Israel Katz dismissed such suggestions.
Israel seized much of the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and then effectively annexed it in 1981, a move that was never recognised by the global community.
Worldwide law does not recognise Israel's hold on those territories and considers Israel's expanding settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem illegal.
"Working with Senator [Ted] Cruz, I will start an effort to recognize the Golan as part of the State of Israel now and forever", Graham said in light of the meeting.