Syrian Druse stand between ISIS and Israeli border, Druse sheikh warns

September 7, 2015 04:39

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.

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