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Israel coordinates with extremists in Syria, admits former defence minister

Former Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon [file photo]
Former Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon [file photo]

Former Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon has admitted that Israel has maintained contact with extremist organisations fighting in Syria, especially those near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

This is the first time that a senior Israeli official has owned up to such cooperation and comes after several media reports confirmed that Israel has provided military support and direct intelligence to such organisations. Those given assistance include Jabhat An-Nusra — designated internationally as a terrorist group — particularly in the provinces of Daraa and Quneitra. Israel is also reported to have treated wounded rebel fighters in its hospitals.

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“We’ll take care of your needs,” Ya’alon is reported to have told the extremists, “and you will not allow anyone to approach the border fence.” He added that the organisation has been committed to this condition and no action was carried out against Israel from the areas controlled by the group.

According to the senior military affairs analyst at Channel 1 TV, Amir Bar Shalom, “If the media had not been consumed with the news about Elor Azaria [the soldier sentenced for killing a wounded Palestinian], there is no doubt that this statement would have been the top news item.” This, added Bar Shalom, is the first time that Israel is admitting its ongoing security coordination with the armed opposition groups in the Golan.

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  • Ovida Yosef

    Israel has been interfering in the Syrian ‘civil’ war since day one,,airstrikes that favoured the Salafist groups,,attacks omn the UN observers in the buffer zone,,airlifting Al Nusra and other groups wounded for treatment in northern Israel,purchasing ISIS stolen oil via Turkey,,and paying in arms ans ammunition,,,,yes Israel is deeply involved in Syria

  • Hussein Hammami

    Birds of a feather..

  • Riley Lee Hamilton

    0 iranian suicide bombers

    yet these idiots want to ehlp the sunni arabs.

    it’s disgusting