Foreground, from left: Iraq’s regent Abd al-Ilah and King Faisal II, with Prime Minister Nuri Sa’id (between them). AP

Israel’s Secret War for Syria’s Independence

Archival documents shed new light on Israel’s secret efforts to guarantee Syria’s sovereignty after 1948, and reveal the surprising relations that existed between the two countries as they each fought for their independence

At the end of the War of Independence, Israel faced a policy dilemma with regard to Syria. The armed confrontation on the border around the demilitarized zones and over the draining of Lake Hula was...

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