Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the planned withdrawal of some U.N. peacekeepers from the Golan Heights shows that the Jewish state can only rely on itself for security.

Netanyahu was speaking Sunday at a government meeting days after Austria announced it was withdrawing its U.N. peacekeepers from the Golan. Netanyahu told the ministers that "the crumbling of the U.N. force on the Golan Heights underscores the fact that Israel cannot depend on international forces for its security."

Austria's announcement came after Syrian rebels briefly overran a crossing point near the border with Israel.

Netanyahu said he spoke with President Vladimir Putin, a Syrian ally, over the weekend to discuss the Syrian issue.

Israel is fearful that the Syrian civil war could spill over into its territory.