Wounded al-Qaeda From Syria Received Treatment in Israel

Israeli Military: We Don't Ask Questions

The Netanyahu government’s extremely Iran-centric foreign policy has had them largely ambivalent on Sunni Islamist factions taking over Syria for quite some time, but now the reports are that they cozying up to one of the biggest such factions, al-Qaeda.

The new reports say that al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian rebel faction which seized much of the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, routinely sends wounded fighters across the border into Israeli Golan to receive Israeli medical treatment.

“We don’t ask who they are,” noted one Israeli military official, who said that the rebels are treated and sent back to Syria to resume the fight against the Assad government.

The Israeli government denies “actively” aiding al-Qaeda, though they have on several occasions launched military attacks into Syria against Syrian troops or Hezbollah fighters who were fighting al-Qaeda. Syrian President Bashar Assad has mockingly called Israel “al-Qaeda’s air force” because of the strikes.

Israeli officials have long maintained that because Assad is an ally of Iran, he is the greatest threat possible to Israeli security, and they seem to be taking that position seriously enough that they’re fine with al-Qaeda taking over the country.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.