DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:30 PM) – The Palestinian Authority has openly accused the Israeli regime of supporting terrorist groups in Syria, specifically in the Golan Heights. The accusation comes after Tel Aviv threatened on Friday to directly intervene on Syrian soil in order to “protect” a Syrian Druze village close to the de facto Israeli border.
On Friday, an elaborate attack by terrorists from the former Al-Nusra Front on the Syrian town of Hader left nine people dead and 23 wounded. Hader, mainly populated by members of the Druze religious community, was hit by a car bomb, followed by an exchange of gunfire between terrorists and troops of the Syrian army.
Following the attack, the Israeli regime issued a declaration that it was considering direct military intervention in order to allegedly “protect” the villagers from further harm. The news was received with considerable outrage, as Hader is currently in the hands of pro-government forces. The Druze community of Syria, from which recently deceased Major General Issam Zahreddine hailed, is overwhelmingly supportive of the Syrian Arab Republic and President Assad.
The Israeli statement was met with protests by Druze in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, which were dispersed by Israeli police forces.
In an official statement, the Palestinian Authority said that Israel had “tactically retreated” from its earlier decision to “support the so-called Syrian opposition from occupying the Syrian Druze village of Hader.” Furthermore, the Authority stated that Israel’s retreat came “under pressure from Druze reactions in Israel” to “the suspicious relationship between the regime in Tel Aviv” al-Nusra terrorists, who are part of the Al-Qaeda organisation.
The statement furthermore accused Israel of providing weapons, salaries, aid and military intelligence to Al-Nusra in the Syrian Golan, an accusation that has been filed before by sources within Israel. Even UN General-Secretary Antonio Guterres has in the past expressed his concern about a spike in contacts between Israel and Al-Nusra representatives.
Since a war between Israel and Syria in 1967, two-thirds of the Golan Heights have been occupied by Israeli forces. The military occupation of the Golan Heights, which has been deemed illegal by the United Nations, has torn apart much of the population of the region, many own whom are Druze.