Elite Israeli Troops Went on a Rogue Op Inside Syria. The Result Was Deadly

It started with an accident that killed three soldiers, continued with a hate crime and ended with an incursion into Syrian territory. Haaretz investigation reveals the cover-up surrounding this elite team in the Israeli army

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Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

It was a fairly routine night along the Syria-Israel border on the Golan Heights, or at least that was what many in the defense establishment thought. In fact they may still think so, even after some time has elapsed. What happened in those hours a short distance across the border received no more than a terse mention in the media, at best. The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Office didn’t provide much information at the time, noting only exchanges of fire and adding that “our forces sustained no casualties.” But the story is much bigger than that, as an investigation by Haaretz shows.