'Israel Working to Prevent Retaliation Against Syrian Druze'

Defense minister says Israel set two conditions when it began treating wounded Syrian rebels: One, that rebels prevent terrorist attacks against Israel, and two 'that they don't harm Druze.'

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Barak Ravid
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Israeli Druze protest in solidarity with brethren in Syria.
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ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Monday that Israel has been forced recently to "deal with preventing retaliation against Syrian Druze," following an incident in which Israeli Druze attacked injured Syrian rebels receiving medical treatment in Israel.

"That various Druze officials are talking to the media in Israel and saying that weapons should be sent is not help the Druze on the other side of the border. It's causing damage," Ya'alon told a press briefing.

Ya'alon said that Israel set two conditions when it began treating injured rebels in the Syrian part of the Golan Heights: The first was that the Syrian rebels prevent terrorist groups like Hezbollah or ISIS from nearing the border and attacking Israel, and the second "was that they don't harm the Druze,"

Not a single attack against Israelf from north has originated from within rebel-controlled territory in Syria, Ya'alon said. All attacks against Israel originating on Syrian soil came from areas controlled by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

During the briefing, Ya'alon also made remarks about the upcoming Knesset vote about Israel's natural gas policy, urging all MKs to vote on the issue, even Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Construction Minister Yoav Galant, who claim to have conflicts of interest. Ya'alon also condemned remarks made by Deputy Interior Minister Yaron Mazuz against Israeli Arab, saying "we, as a government, must embrace our minorities as much as possible, not de-legitimize them from a place of hated."

During the briefing, Ya'alon also spoke about the emerging nuclear deal between Iran and West, saying he "doesn't buy the U.S. narrative on Iran," as Israel sees Iran as part of the problem and not a solution.

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