Arm the Syrian Druse - we owe it to their Israeli kin

Refusing help would be a slap in the face to Israel’s most loyal non-Jewish citizens.

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June 17, 2015 17:39
JABER HAMOUD (second left), head of the Druse and Circassian Local Councils Forum, protests in Sajur

JABER HAMOUD (second left), head of the Druse and Circassian Local Councils Forum, protests in Sajur Sunday. . (photo credit: SOHEL MUSTAFA)

 
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One of the most disturbing things I’ve read in a long time was Haaretz’s report last Friday that the government has ruled out military aid to Syrian Druse, who are under serious threat from extremist Sunni groups like Islamic State and the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front. Maybe this is merely a smokescreen, meant to allow Israel to provide aid while retaining plausible deniability. But if the report is true, it’s a horrendous error, both morally and strategically.

Ordinarily, I don’t think Israel has any obligation to prevent potential Mideast massacres. Not only does it have no moral duty to rescue people who for the most part would happily kill us if they could, but even if it did, it lacks the capacity. Israel may be the Mideast’s strongest military power, but it has nowhere near the power necessary to be the region’s policeman.

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