The Wall Street Journal reported that Israel has deepened its involvement in the Syrian civil war by discretely providing non-humanitarian support to rebel forces. The move comes in exchange for the rebels’ deployment along Israel’s northern border in order to prevent Iran and Hezbollah from threatening the Golan Heights. Fursan al-Joulan (Knights of the Golan) spokesman: “We wouldn’t have survived without Israel’s assistance.”

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Syrian rebels Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

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.

According to the report, fighters told the Wall Street Journal that the main rebel group receiving aid from Israel since 2013 is Fursan al-Joulan (Knights of the Golan). “Israel stood by our side in a heroic way,” the group’s spokesperson Moatasem al-Golani told the Wall Street Journal. “We wouldn’t have survived without Israel’s assistance.” Al-Golani added that the group receives $5,000 from Israel per month.