Now Israel has arrested Sedki al-Maket, a Druze living on the Golan
Heights (which Israel illegally annexed from Syria) for exposing Israel’s
The article below describes the arrest and the reasons for it. Reporting of the arrest has been banned in
the ‘only democracy in the Middle East’ (Israel’s description of itself).
Syrian anti-aircraft fire in Damascus as Israeli fighters attack
The article below Richard Silverstein’s exposes the medical help given
to ISIS fighters, including it would appear Israel supplying them with
ammunition. The article below this
quotes an unnamed senior member of Israel’s Northern Command as to his view
that the West is fighting the wrong target and an article in which the Syrians
make the same accusations.
It is quite clear, as it has been for some time, that the Iranian regime
is Israel’s main target in the region. Israel
isn’t happy with the tentative rapprochment between the Iranian regime and the
West – the talks over Iran’s nuclear
capability and the British decision to reestablish diplomatic relations. Yet in Iraq the USA and the Iranians are
fighting on the same side as they are in Syria.
It is not surprising that Israeli
leaders are increasingly unhappy about this and are trying to make their views
clear without openly speaking out.
Sedki al-Maket, rearrested in secret by Israel’s Shin Bet for exposing collaboration between Syrian rebels and the IDF
Israel’s Shin Bet rearrested Golani Druze Sedki al-Maket (age 48).
Until his release
in 2012 (Hebrew), he’d been the longest serving Israeli
security prisoner, having spent 27 years detained. News of his
arrest is under gag order by Israeli media. The gag is laughable since the
arrest has been reported not only by Syrian
media, but in a Hebrew
Though Israeli security services haven’t offered any reason for his
arrest, it’s likely they’re angered because a week ago he followed Syrian rebels
to a meeting inside Israeli-occupied territory. The rebels met with IDF
forces who’ve previously
been shown to receive logistical and intelligence
support from Israel in previous reports here and in Israel and foreign
media. Al Maket filmed a video while the
meeting was underway, in which he described what he saw and offered it to
Syrian TV. It was aired to the entire nation and likely monitored by
The Shin Bet doesn’t want any further leaks about such collaboration because
it allows the Syrian regime to paint the rebels as Israeli stooges. It
also gives the lie to those Israeli intelligence figures and journalists who’ve
spoken falsely about Israel remaining neutral regarding the two sides fighting
in Syria. Despite numerous air attacks against Syrian government
facilities, assassinations of Syrian, Hezbollah and Iranian military, and
security cooperation with rebels, Israel continues to maintain the fiction it
hasn’t chosen sides.
If anyone wonders why Islamists are beheading western journalists and
occupying Iraq and Syria, while carefully avoiding Israeli targets, this will
explain a lot. It will also explain Israel’s approach which is to weaken
central power in Syria, so that the Golan region closest to the border will
become a protectorate, as was southern Lebanon until Israel’s withdrawal in
2000. Having Syrian rebels under Israeli sponsorship ruling the Syrian
Golan will be much more conducive to maintaining Israel control and occupation
for years to come.
Meanwhile, the Israeli media is content to publish happy news about
the Golani Druze village of Majd al-Shams (home to al-Maket), which apparently
has become a playground for a certain hip Israeli scene which enjoys pub
crawling in the midst of Israeli-occupied Golan. If the report
is to be believed, you can hardly tell the difference between it and Berlin or
New York! And let’s not forget the glorious skiing almost under the guns
of those nasty Syrians who spoil all the fun with their inconvenient civil
A report submitted to the United Nations Security Council by UN
observers in the Golan Heights over the past 18 months shows that Israeli
Defence Forces (IDF) have been in regular contact with Syrian rebels, including
Islamic State (ISIS) militants.
Citing the UN report, Haaretz noted that there have been several instances
detailed in the report that shows close ties between Syrian armed rebels and
According to the UN report, a person wounded on 15 September “was taken by
armed members of the opposition across the ceasefire line, where he was
transferred to a civilian ambulance escorted by an IDF vehicle.”
Moreover, from 9-19 November, the “UNDOF observed at least 10 wounded
persons being transferred by armed members of the opposition from the Bravo
side across the ceasefire line to IDF.”
As per the details released by the Israel’s health ministry, so far some
1,000 Syrians have been treated in four Israeli hospitals. Besides the
civilians, some are members of the secular Free Syrian Army rebel group.
Israel initially had maintained that it was treating only civilians.
However, reports claimed that earlier last month members of Israel’s Druze
minority protested the hospitalisation of wounded Syrian fighters from the
al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front in Israel.
A statement issued by a group of Druze activists accused the Israeli
government of supporting radical Sunni factions such as the Islamic State
Replying to a question by i24News on whether Israel has given medical assistance
to members of al-Nusra and Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State
(ISIS), a Israeli military spokesman’s office said: “In the past two years the
Israel Defence Forces have been engaged in humanitarian, life-saving aid to
wounded Syrians, irrespective of their identity.”
The UN report also laid out instances where in Israeli army was seen
interacting with armed rebels. In one incident, the report claimed that the IDF
gave some boxes to the Syrian armed rebels.
A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, in this U.S. Air Force handout photo taken early in the morning of September 23, 2014. Photo by Reuters
A senior Northern Command officer said Thursday that the Western
coalition is making a big mistake in fighting against ISIS.
Syrian state television said on Sunday that Israeli jets had bombed areas
near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border
The commander of the Syrian Armed forces Lt. General Ali
Abdulla Ayoub claimed Israel was working with ISIS and al-Qaida to attack
Syria, in the wake of Syrian government claims that Israeli planes attacked
military sites near Damascus on Sunday night.
“This aggression confirms Israel directly supports terrorism in Syria, in
addition to the known Western and regional countries, raising the morale of
terrorist organizations, led by Jabhat al-Nusra, an arm of al-Qaida in the
Levant, and ISIS,” the head of the Syrian military said.