Is Israel in touch with Syria villagers?

'New York Times' report quotes unnamed Israel sources as saying Jerusalem has maintained low-key contacts with Druze Syrians.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 23, 2013 12:08
Anti-government protesters hold up a picture of Assad.

Syrian anti government protesters holding assad pic 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A report in the New York Times speculated Thursday that Israel may be communicating with Syrian villagers, as part of its response to the two-year civil war raging within its northern neighbor's borders. 

In a report by its Israel bureau chief, Jodi Rudoren, the Times cites unnamed sources in the form of "several Israelis who follow Syria closely".

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According to the paper, these sources claim that Israel's security forces are "quietly working with villagers who support neither the government nor the rebels, supplying moderate humanitarian aid and maintaining intense intelligence activity."

The report goes on to say that these sources believe "any notion of arming such villagers was far off if not far-fetched."

The sources point out that the central Druze leadership in Syria has kept out of the fighting that has pitted Syrian against Syrian, left more than 80,000 dead and created hundreds of thousands of refugees.


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