Israel’s al-Qaeda Rescue Program

While the US government continues to face — and vigorously deny — charges that it secretly helps ISIS and other extremists in Syria to keep alive Obama’s regime-change policy for Assad, Washington’s closest ally in the region makes little pretense that it is at war with al-Qaeda and other extremists.

In fact, Israel is openly coming to the rescue of al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra just beyond the border of Israel-occupied Golan Heights.

Not only is Israel making no secret of its assistance to the same group responsible for the 9/11 attacks against the United States, Tel Aviv is inviting western media to “embed” with Israeli troops as they embark upon dangerous rescue missions into Syria. Friday’s Daily Mail ran an article complete with photos and “IDF Footage” of the Israeli army crossing into Syria to rescue members of al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria after they were wounded by Syrian government forces fighting back the al-Qaeda/ISIS-led insurgency.

This is not just a one-off emergency aid mission. According to the article, Israel has been running a three-year medical assistance program for al-Qaeda fighters in southern Syria. The article estimates that Israel has patched up at least 1,600 Islamist extremists and sent many back to battle the secular Syrian government. The missions have been undertaken at great danger to the Israeli soldiers involved and at significant expense for a small country: more than $13 million dollars spend thus far.

As for why Israel would undertake what would on the surface look like a suicide mission — propping up Islamist extremists who we are told are Israel’s mortal enemies — the Daily Mail reports that while Israel claims it is operating strictly out of humanitarian concerns, many believe Israel ” has in fact struck a deadly ‘deal with the devil’ — offering support to the Sunni militants who fight the Syrian ruler Assad…”

 

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