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June 29, 2015 9:42 am

Ya’alon Confirms: Israel Aiding Syrian Rebels in Exchange for Protection of Druze

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Israel acknowledged that is it aiding Syrian rebels thus keeping the Druze in Syria out of immediate danger.. Photo: Daniel Pipes.

Israel acknowledged that it is aiding Syrian rebels thus keeping the Druze in Syria out of immediate danger. Photo: Daniel Pipes.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday that Israel has been providing aid to Syrian rebels, thus keeping the Druze in Syria out of immediate danger. Israeli officials have previously balked at confirming on the record that the country has been helping forces that are fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.

During a briefing with Israel’s diplomatic correspondents at the IDF’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, Ya’alon said that Israel’s ongoing humanitarian assistance to Syrian rebel fighters, a source of growing conflict between Israel and its own Druze population, safeguards the minority population in Syria.

Read full story at The Times of Israel.

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