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  1. Fine article. I’m confused by the number of players in Syria these days, who’s who, who are allies, who are enemies, and this in a way adds to it. Is Israel allied (per this article) with america’s allies or with America’s enemies? Is Iran an American ally (here, and these days)? So is Israel’s killnig of Iran generals (two) the act of America’s ally or enemy? Just askin’.

    Linguistics: you write “to try and find him guilty in the media without revealing anything specific about the charges” and this is the VERY FIRST time I’ve approved of the “try and [verb]” formation (instead of “try to [verb]” formation — and the reason is that, here, you (apparently) wish to use “try” in the legal-procedural sense. GOOD WORK!

      1. These Israeli Druzim should have exposed any al Nusra-Israel links without running afoul of the State of Israel. Taking the story straight to Syria national TV was a poor choice of venue since Israel and Syria are, technically speaking, still at war. Do you know of any Israeli media outlet that would’ve run this report? If so, I might agree that they should’ve interested Israeli media in it. But you & I both know that not only would they not find an outlet, they’d get arrested via a trusty editor who’d report them to the Shin Bet.

        1. @ Hefe: They are NOT “Israeli Druzim.” Only one of the suspects, the one from Haifa, is “Israeli.” The others are Syrian Golani Druze who live unwilling under Israeli Occupation. They consider themselves Syrian, so taking the story to Syrian TV is a natural (not a “poor”) choice. Do you know any Israeli media outlet that would air that video? If so, I’d agree that they should’ve approached Israeli media. But the truth is that taking it to an Israeli media outlet would not only have resulted in rejection, it would’ve ended them up in jail, informed on by a compliant, ‘patriotic’ editor.

  2. Southern Front from the Jordanian border, a corridor is created towards Damascus (Ghouta) for arms and rebel transport. This is the US/UK allied with al-Nusra and with direct support from IDF, Israel. Near Aleppo, the last rebel forces with direct support from the US and Western allies have evaporated with hundreds killed and the lucky ones joining extremist groups like al-Nusra and IS. The weapons and munitions have been transfered to these same forces.

    US-backed Harakat Hazm no longer exists after defeat to Jabhat al-Nusra
    Turkey, Saudi Arabia agree to boost support to Syria opposition

  3. As someone who is not up to speed on I/P, but who knows a bit about Syria, I would have thought it obvious that Israel is engaging with Jabhat al-Nusra as their ally. JaN are the major power south of Damascus, and particularly in the Golan.

    It is unfortunate that JaN are closely with al-Qa’ida. No doubt it will be possible to erase that connection with a bit of cleansing.

    1. as requested …

      Syria’s Nusra Front may leave Qaeda to form new entity

      h/t MoA

      ‘Moderates’, Clapper used gestural scare-quotes, is anyone who is not part of the Islamic State. That Clapper thought of Jabhat and similar Jihadi groups like Ahrar al-Sham, is obvious from his reference to international law. The United Nations Security Council classified Jabhat as an international terrorist organization. Supporting it, like Israel does in south Syria, is a violation of UNSC resolutions. As a veto wielding member the U.S. would not like to be caught doing that.

  4. [comment deleted: you have violated a major comment rule. You are now moderated and will be banned if you break any further rules. Use the term “self-hating Jew” here again & I’ll ban you faster than you can blink an eye. Go ahead, make my day!

    1. “Self-Hating Jew” haha can’t even go a single sentence without putting forth an ad hominem, the most elementary of logical fallacies!

      Can’t discuss on principle so have to resort to lowbrow tactics. Typical.

  5. Well done. This is a very important story that is being shirked in all mainstream media — Robert Fisk, however, just ran a piece predicting that the U.S. will soon be arming al-Nusra, and as usual the evidence he cites is persuasive. It’s not surprising that the U.S. position should dovetail with Israel’s.

    Incidentally, this piece is linked in APN’s News Nosh, so people who have the good sense to get their mainstream Israeli news from uncensored sites can read all about it, notwithstanding Israel’s efforts to suppress the story. Don’t hold your breath for New York Times coverage, though.

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