Israeli intervention in Syria: Purpose of aiding rebels to stop Iran

Judith Abramson

The State of Israel is regularly providing several groups of Syrian rebels with financial aid, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday (Sunday). According to the report, for years, Israel has been transferring money intended for purchasing weapons, paying the fighters’ salaries and providing the rebels with food, gas and medical supplies. However, the news source noted that the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem declined to comment on the report itself, while vaguely responding that Israel is “committed to securing the borders of Israel and preventing the establishment of terror cells and hostile forces.”

The intervention is aimed at creating a buffer zone populated by forces friendly to Israel, whose objective is to stop Iran from basing itself on Israel’s northern border in the Golan Heights area. It is well known that Israel has provided medical assistance for years to those injured in the Syrian civil war, such as establishing a field hospital near the country’s border with Syria, bringing Syrian civilians for treatment to the Western Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, and providing humanitarian aid to the area. Furthermore, conversations held by the Wall Street Journal with rebel forces and factions operating along Israel’s border indicated that Israeli intervention in the civil war is significantly deeper than what was previously believed.

Jerusalem Online