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June 5, 2015 4:17 pm

Israel is Secretly Protecting Druze Community in Syria, Hints Leading Lawmaker

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Ayoob Kara. Photo: Jusmine.

Ayoob Kara. Photo: Jusmine.

Israel has been engaged in secret efforts to protect the Druze community in war-torn Syria, Israeli Deputy Minister for Regional Cooperation Ayoob Kara said on Friday.

“The State of Israel is acting on behalf of the Syrian Druze. These matters are being carried out quietly, and without publicity,” said Kara, according to Israeli NRG news.

Kara, a lawmaker for the ruling Likud party who is also responsible for the government’s relations with the local Druze community, was addressing recent Arabic reports that Israel rejected calls by the leaders of Israel’s Druze community to provide military assistance to their coreligionists in southern Syria.

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The residents of Jabal Al-Druze, in southern Syria, are in the most imminent danger because of advances made by Islamic State militants towards their region. They have accused the Syrian regime of deserting and moving troops and weapons out the area.

“We do not plan to sit idly by while our brothers are being slaughtered in Syria,” Kara told NRG. “We are doing everything, and we will do what we need to do in order to save them,” he said.

Kara added that he was on his way to the Golan Heights to speak to the leaders of the Israeli Druze community, but refused to say more about the request for military assistance to Syria’s Druze. “It is forbidden for us to talk about these matters, we are doing everything to help.”

The report about the Syrian Druze request for Israeli assistance was published by Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida, and quoted sources from the community saying that Israeli Druze leaders had reached out to the Israeli government on behalf of their Syrian brethren.

They reportedly appealed directly to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who they say assured them that he would work to ensure the protection of the Druze everywhere. The sources added that the leadership of the Druze community in Lebanon is also in touch with their Israeli counterparts to ensure the safety of the Druze in Syria under threat from the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front terror groups.

Kara said on his Facebook page that he was negotiating with various parties in the Israeli government on behalf of the Druze.

Kara added, “I don’t want to get into details, but our progress cannot be measured in monetary gains alone.” According to Kara, “one day it will be possible to talk about this. To those who have raised their eyebrows, it is possible to tell them now: I am proud and happy that God created me in the state of Israel and I am also proud that we have no other country.”

The Druze are an ethnoreligious minority in the Middle East, with the largest communities in Syria and Lebanon.

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  • Jerome Soller

    I am proud of Israel. However, ff this is true, why are you (Algemeiner) publishing it? Algemeiner, publishing this is disgraceful and may hurt Israel and the Druze. I agree with Fortune above, “ISRAELI DEPUTY MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COOPERATION AYOOB KARA SHOULD BE CENSORED.”

  • FORTUNE

    SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU ALGEMEINER.

    YOU ARE TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE!

    WHY ARE YOU PUBLISHING THIS AND ENDANGERING THE SYRIAN DRUZE?

    THE 5 TOWNS JEWISH TIMES REPRINTED THE STORY FURTHER ENDANGERING THESE PEOPLE.

    WHO KNOW WHO ELSE WILL DO THE SAME?

    WHILE YOU MAY THINK IT’S NEWSWORTHY AND IN ISRAEL’S BEST INTEREST, IT IS NOT. FURTHERMORE, ISRAELI DEPUTY MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COOPERATION AYOOB KARA SHOULD BE CENSORED.

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  • Donald Krausz

    In 1956 I enjoyed the hospitality of the Druze for a weekend in Isfiya on the Carmel. I found them to be a wonderful and interesting people and hope that their fellow Druze in Syria and Lebanon come to no harm. The Israeli Druze have fought in Israel’s army since the earliest days and deserve to be looked after as fellow Israelis.

  • Elisheva Barre

    Preparing to lift the Druze of Syria into Israel???
    Od course, in exchange of a lift of the “Palestinian” Arabs to Syria?????????????????

  • Tzvi

    Israeli government should help migrate the Druze to Israel

  • Isreael will do everything and anything to help the Druze as Druze have proven themselves many times to be good Israeli citizens.

  • al sheeber

    These are Loyal Syrians to Assad (Druze of the Golan) who do not recognize Israel’s annexation, suddenly they realize how better off they are under the Israeli flag, they demand that IDF soldiers will extend their reach beyond the borders, to go on an offensive to save their brothers inside Syria. This is just too much. If anything, Israel should allow reserve soldiers of the Druze community, who participated in the Sword Brigade over the years, many, experienced ranking officers, who could easiy handle the charging savagesthey are brave, dauntless and very skilled, they know how to deal with these sub humans, IDF can permit them to cross the border on a humanitarian mission blessed by their acting religious guide and charge into the nearby village that is under seige and protect their brothers from the onslaught of the Barabrians. later, when they are spared they can continue to curse the Jews.

  • Steven

    Acts such as this are the ones that make me proud of Israel. Depend on only yourselves and trust in God alone for time will come when even your friends will desert you but that will only be the opportunity for God to show that He has always been the constant factor. SHALOM!

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    David Ben Gurion
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    BEN-GURION’S DECLARATION ON THE EXCLUSIVE AND
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  • martin kessler

    The Druze are an ethnoreligious minority in the Middle East.

    A what? Spell it out. I would like Israel to take all the Druze wherever they are and move them to Israel.

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