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October 3, 2013 11:36 am

Shin Bet Worried About Israeli Arabs Participating in Syrian War

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The fighting in Syria, as seen from Israel. Photo: Tsuri Cohen-Arazi/ Tazpit News Agency.

JNS.orgIsraeli Arabs who have traveled to Syria to try to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime could return to Israel better trained and more extremist, officials in the Shin Bet security agency said, Israel Hayom reported.

Hundreds of fighters from Arab countries and across Europe have flocked to Syria over the past year to join rebels in their fight against Assad in the Syrian civil war. An estimated 15 to 30 Israeli citizens are thought to have traveled to Syria to join in the fighting.

“This is an international phenomenon, so I’m not all that surprised that Israeli Arabs are connected to it,” said Yonathan Pine, an expert in international extremist religious groups at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. “This is indeed is a marginal phenomenon in Israel, but we need to keep our fingers on the pulse of the issue.”

The Shin Bet security agency expressed greater concern over the “dangerous” phenomenon. Chief among those concerns is that fighters could return from Syria with better combat training and more extremist ideas.

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  • Matt

    There is not much difference on becoming more extreme in their views, training may be. It is all how you look at the issue. Many say it as a two state solution, then the NPT. The real issue is not where Israel is located it is that the Jews have a state. So extremists be it Iran, Hizbullah, IJ etc or there neo Nazi friends the NPT, get rid of the state no matter where it is located and then fulfill their objective of getting rid of the rest of us. That is what they talk about at their anti-Semitic conferences. That is what it is really all about and you can’t change those views via any deal. Like in Russia they made Jews unwelcome so they moved to Israel. It is when there is no place to go and no state to say you can’t do that we won’t allow it. If Syrian genocide and gassing was happening to Jews instead of Arabs for example. All the issues are just cover for their hidden agenda.

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