Monday, September 7, 2015

ISIS Approaching Israel's Border At Golan Heights: Syrian Druse Stand In Way





Syrian Druse stand between ISIS and Israeli border, Druse sheikh warns - Middle East - Jerusalem Post


Israeli Druse leaders told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the southern Syrian Druse city of Sweida serves as the last barrier separating Islamic State from Israeli territory on the Golan Heights.

If Islamic State gets past Sweida, it puts Jordan and the Israeli border areas at risk, Israeli Druse spiritual leader Sheikh Maufak Tarif told the Post.

The Druse in Sweida are preparing for war and will fight if they have to, he said.

“The situation there is not easy and Islamic State is on the east side,” he explained, adding that it seems that Islamic State is preparing to attack the city.

Asked about his meetings with Israeli officials and foreign governments regarding the Syrian Druse situation, Tarif replied that he is in contact with both Israeli and foreign officials all the time.

“It is a very stressed situation,” he added, urging the US to attack the Islamists in Syria.

Mendi Safadi, an Israeli Druse who has served as chief of staff for Deputy Regional Cooperation Minister Ayoub Kara, agreed. “Sweida is the wall between us and Islamic state,” he told the Post. “Islamic State has to pass through Sweida in order to get to us. Israel’s interest is to strengthen the Druse in Sweida and southern Syria to prevent Islamic State from progressing on Israel’s borders.”

Islamic State is sitting on the borders of Sweida and “[Syrian President Bashar] Assad has given them the green light for them to attack,” Safadi claimed, adding, “I predict in the coming weeks Islamic State will try to attack Sweida.”

Balous opposed his compatriots serving in the Syrian army and called on them to focus only on protecting Druse areas, Safadi said. He did not want the Druse to officially take any side in the ongoing war.

From Assad’s perspective, it was as if Balous was supporting the opposition, Safadi explained. “He was the biggest threat to Assad in Sweida. More than 70 percent of Druse in southern Syria support him and he also has supporters in Israel and Lebanon.”




2 comments:

Mike Lupica said...

Peter I think u are rt,looking at this closer. (Greece)I'm trying to keep a open mind.UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, (GREECE)Forgive me.from what I have read, the area of Iran,Saudi Arabia United Emirates was at a time,at least considered to be Roman territory. So that must mean at some time this area was considered a part of Europe . ( yr 600 )Peter sometimes my mind is closed.

Mike Lupica said...

486 AD ........Peter not yr 600