Israel Has Been Secretly Funding Syrian Rebels For Years

Tyler Durden's picture

Earlier, when discussing why the Syrian "rebels" fighting Assad are in "turmoil", we said that as a result of the ongoing Qatar crisis the various Saudi and Qatari supply chains supporting the rebels, both in terms of weapons and funding, had dried up due to the diplomatic fallout involving Qatar and Saudi Arabia. "Together with Turkey and the United States, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been major sponsors of the insurgency, arming an array of groups that have been fighting to topple Syria's Iran-backed president."

We concluded that "the rebellion against Assad now seems moot, which is why the most likely outcome is a continued phase-out of support for forces fighting the Syria government until eventually the situation reverts back to its pre-2011 "status quo."

That, however, may have been premature as it was missing a key piece of data, one which was just revealed by the WSJ and which many had suspected. According to the Journal, Israel and Saudi Arabia have been alligned from the onset of the Syrian conflict, "with Israel supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies for years, a secret engagement in the enemy country’s civil war aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces."

The Israeli army is in regular communication with rebel groups and its assistance includes undisclosed payments to commanders that help pay salaries of fighters and buy ammunition and weapons, according to interviews with about half a dozen Syrian fighters. Israel has established a military unit that oversees the support in Syria—a country that it has been in a state of war with for decades—and set aside a specific budget for the aid, said one person familiar with the Israeli operation.

This news comes as a major surprise because while it was well known that Israel has provided medical help for Syrian civilians and fighters inside its own borders in the past, with the IDF retaliating to occasional stray rockets in the restive border region with reprisals, it was previously thought that the Israeli authorities largely stay out of the complicated six-year-old conflict next door.

That now appears to have been dead wrong. “Israel stood by our side in a heroic way,” said Moatasem al-Golani, spokesman for the rebel group Fursan al-Joulan, or Knights of the Golan. “We wouldn’t have survived without Israel’s assistance.”

Al-Joulan is the main rebel group coordinating with Israel, according to fighters. It told the WSJ that Israel's support began as early as 2013 under former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, with the goal of creating a ‘buffer zone’ free of radical militants such as Isis and Iranian-allied forces along Israel’s border. A special Israeli army unit was created to oversee the costly aid operation, the WSJ reported, which gives Fursan al-Joulan - Knights of the Golan - an estimated $5,000 (£3,900) a month. The group of around 400 fighters receives no direct support from Western rebel backers, and is not affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, the official rebel umbrella organisation.

The Journal also reports that Israel may be funding up to four other rebel groups which have Western backing. The groups use the cash to pay fighters and buy ammunition. 

In total, there are roughly 800 rebel fighters across more than a dozen villages in this area, where thousands of civilians live, fighters said. Many of the rebels and civilians in this area rely on some level of support from Israel, they added.


“Most people want to cooperate with Israel,” said a fighter with rebel group Liwaa Ousoud al-Rahman, also fighting on the Golan.

The alliance reportedly began after wounded Fursan al-Joulan fighters made their way to the border and begged Israeli soldiers for medical assistance.

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office did not respond to the Journal's requests for comment, the Israel Defence Forces said in a statement that it is “committed to securing the borders of Israel and preventing the establishment of terror cells and hostile forces... in addition to providing humanitarian aid to the Syrians living in the area.”

Israel and Syria have technically been in a state of warfare for decades. Syria controls around one third of the Golan Heights border, and Israel occupies the rest.

Israel has been providing Syrian rebels with cash and supplies in a secret
engagement to carve out a friendly buffer zone

In recent years, Israeli air strikes in Syrian territory have aimed to prevent weapons smuggling to Iranian-allied Hezbollah, which fights alongside the Assad government. Hezbollah, like Iran, is committed to the destruction of the Jewish state.

Ironically, while Assad has in the past claimed - correctly it now turns out - that Israel supports rebel groups which his government refers to as terrorists, elements of the opposition have accused Israel of helping to keep the regime in power. The biggest irony, of course, is that virtually for the entire duration of the Syrian conflict, Israel and Saudi Arabia were aligned on the same side against the Assad regime; it also means that one can now also add Israel to the ungodly proxy war in Syria alongside Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the US, Europe and most Arab states across from Iran, Turkey, Russia and, increasingly, China.

Today's revelation may also explain why ISIS has rarely if ever launched attacks against Israeli citizens or on Israel territory.

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Courtesy of the WSJ, here is a chronology of Israeli involvement in the Syrian proxy war:

  • 2011:Syrian uprising against Iran-backed President Bashar al-Assad begins.
  • 2012: Syrian rebel group the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, which has a presence in the divided Golan Heights near Israel’s border, forms and later declares allegiance to Islamic State. It then joins with other groups to form the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army, an offshoot of Islamic State.
  • 2013: Israel acknowledges it is treating Syrians wounded in the war in hospitals near the border. Secretly, the military begins to build a relationship with rebel commanders on the Syrian side of the Golan and starts sending aid.
  • January 2015: An alleged Israeli airstrike kills Hezbollah militants and a general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps near Quneitra province in the Golan Heights. Israel later says the militants were planning to attack Israelis.
  • June 2015: Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon says Israel is helping Syrian rebels with medical treatment in return for assurances they won’t attack the Druse—a religious minority group that straddles the Israeli and Syrian sides of the Golan.
  • September 2015: Russia enters the war on the side of the Assad regime, tipping the balance of power in favor of the Iran-backed president.
  • December 2015: Lebanese Hezbollah militant Samir Kuntar dies in an alleged Israeli airstrike in Damascus suburb. Israeli officials later say he was planning attacks against Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan.
  • 2016: Israel secretly sets up an army unit and budget to manage relationship with rebels and civilians on the Golan Heights, say people familiar with the policy.
  • November 2016: An Israeli airstrike kills four Khalid ibn al-Walid militants in Syrian Golan after Israeli soldiers come under fire.
  • March 2017: Israeli warplanes carry out airstrikes inside Syria, drawing fire from antiaircraft missiles in the most intense military exchange between the two countries since the start of the Syrian conflict.
  • June 2017: Syrian rebels say they have been receiving cash from Israel for the past four years that they use to help pay salaries of fighters and buy ammunition and weapons.

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besnook's picture

well, duh. israel is the world's worst terrorists as a charter member of the zionazis.

Art Van Delay's picture

Does the rabi shit in the caliphate?

Joe Davola's picture

5 grand a month - jeez, funding rebels is cheap.

Give_me_liberty_or's picture

of their father the devil, a liar from the beginning.

Pinto Currency's picture

Read the Yinon Plan.

The goal is to create maximum chaos in the Middle East and to reduce all other countries into balkanized mouse states.

Financing and equipping ISIS and other terrorist organizations is part of the plan.

Israel directly supported the creation of Hamas as well.

J S Bach's picture

Ersatz Israel must be attained at any cost... even if it means littering the desert land with radiation and goy corpses.  How this tribe manages to survive with its blood-stained history of usury and destruction upon the nations is beyond my comprehension.

null's picture

They probably survive with the Aid of nonsensical hyperbole ... which hides their true actions ... by claiming that Anyone having anything to do with anyone having a peculiar last name, is responsible for All Bad Things Everywhere.

J S Bach's picture

"... is responsible for all bad things everywhere."

This article pertains specifically to Israel where (((they))) are in total control and the cause of all regional woes.  Ask the indigenous prisoner Gazans about that "nonsensical hyperbole".  But, now that you mention it... they ARE responsible for all bad things everywhere.  I'd say with their ruling poisonous stranglehold on print, advertising, television, "music", Hollywood, Harvard, pornography, alcohol, feminism, homophilia, politicians, foreign policy, finances, currency issuance, law, etc... etc... that constitutes worthy blame.

null's picture

Hyperbolic explanation of hyperbole?

Just pointing out that while the 99.999% of "Jews" are defamed for their supposed association to the Object Of The Article, the few dozen are left free to do all the horrible stuff (let's assume what you list is true and horrible) with impunity.

The larger point is that Jew != Hebrew !=Zionist !=Mossad ... and most people with "extinct" German sounding names are not any of those.

44magnum's picture

As Gilad Atzmon says: “Jewish power is the ability to get us to stop talking about Jewish power.”

null's picture

Right ... sounds pretty wise.
Until we sadly find that this person is malpropizing the word "Jewish", and most likely also "power."

shovelhead's picture


Because people like money and Jews are good at piling it up and handing it out.

Mystery solved.

Four chan's picture

isis is real isis isrial.

strannick's picture

srael stood by our side in a heroic way,” said Moatasem al-Golani, spokesman for the rebel group Fursan al-Joulan, or Knights of the Golan. 

-hey fuckface. Isreal despises you as much as your Syrian for and hopes you exterminate each other 

AllOfGood's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

BullyBearish's picture

zionists are in war with America and 99% of Americans don't even know...


they've already destroyed our economy, our values, our democracy and now they want to get us into a nuclear war...



                                                                   WAKE THE F*&K UP !!

JRobby's picture


They sit back and watch their enemies (US included) kill each other.

They are a marauding tribe with no nationality that preys on economies until they are dead.

Juggernaut x2's picture

Some Austrian guy wrote a pretty good book on this topic about 90 years ago.

JRobby's picture

Because their MO has been the same for centuries.

Suck dry >>>>>> Get booted,   Suck dry >>>>>>> Get booted

oncemore's picture

U mean Artur Koestler, der dreizehnte Stamm.
Austrian? He was a ziojew then jew then libtard, then I do not know, what else.

HRClinton's picture

There are 2 practical things that you need to understand about Zionists. They are totally committed to...

  *  Extreme Cooperation within their sphere

  *  Extreme Competition outside their sphere.

Luckily non-Zionists have the opportunity to do the same, should they choose to do it. 

The_Juggernaut's picture

The enemy of their enemy is their friend? Whodathunkit?

BullyBearish's picture

Why NONE of These Things Will Happen Under Trumpanyahoo:


Hold press conference exposing the deep state and enlist support of the PEOPLE to do the following:


1. Pardon Edward Snowden and Julian Assange as a sign he WELCOMES whistle blowers and putting the PEOPLE'S business in the LIGHT

----he/they love doing illegal things in secret and whistleblowers are their worst enemy


2. Begin to revoke the fed's charter by putting Ron Paul in charge of a special investigation of fed malfeasance and destruction of the currency

---the fed gives them free money to fund their wars without going to the PEOPLE for permission


3. Immediately suspend weapon sales to ANY country or organization involved in a current conflict

---the mic would NEVER allow this, war is a business and business is what the zionists are all about


4. Revoke israel's special exemption from foreign lobbying registration and fully audit AIPAC with an intention to uncover bribery and espionage

---the zionists own the corrupt congress, no laws will pass against them as long as they control the money system (fed)


5. Immediately indict Bill and Hillary Clinton and others from the Clinton Foundation on charges of corruption, espionage, and theft

---the zionists will never allow faithful employees to come to bad ends, that would be a sign of their weakness and hurt recruiting efforts


6. Rescind all future payments/allotments to the saudi arabia and israel until they are in compliance with international law and human rights standards

---both are run by zionists and zionists believe that laws are for NON-ZIONISTS


7. Cease saber rattling against Iran and Russia and work toward peaceful, complementary accommodations

---zionists want the natural resources of both countries and the removal of their current governments is the first step


8. Draw down the 600 plus U.S. military bases around the world and bring the Americans HOME

---if anything, more Americans will be sent abroad to further the zionists ambitions


9. Initially shift 30% of the current military budget to domestic infrastructure needs with a mandate of further reductions of 10% per year

---this is really a joke, the "budget" consists of money printed from thin air, there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY because THEY are the accountants




emersonreturn's picture

have to agree, bullyb...that this 'news' is being reported means it serves their purpose.  why now?  indeed.  

BullyBearish's picture

the power in zionism is strong because it represents the power of the western world...mittens romney is a "mormon" but a fanatic zionist who loves satanyahoo...shotgun joe biden is a "catholic" but a fanatic zionist who can't scream it loud enough...out of the 535 members of congress there is probably only a handful of America firsters...the rest, bought and paid for zionists



besnook's picture

wait until the brietbarters and hasbara find this post. they will shit all over zh.

CryptBrain's picture

Israel's antics is not, and should not be the focus of the outrage from Americans -- which have some level of power over their leaders and thus, bear some responsibility.  The focus of the outrage should be on all the enablers around the world; primarily the US electorate for not demanding this change. 

Take away their ability to NOT  require their lobbyist to register as foreign agents and this will change drastically.  YouTube the American Hero James Anthony Traficant Jr. for further explanation.


JRobby's picture

OR - kill all the lobbyists 

michelp's picture

"Take away their [Israel] ability to NOT  require their lobbyist to register as foreign agents and this will change drastically."

Not enough by far.

You also have to disallow ALL dual-citizens from holding ANY government posts or political office.


Fiscal Smegma's picture

Another Idiotic remark from a God hating atheist shit head.


LasVegasDave's picture

This comes as a surprise to anyone?


Every country pays bribes and kickbacks to get favorable play.


Article is nothing more than red meat for jew haters.

BullyBearish's picture

funny how anything that shines a light on bad behavior of a CERTAIN group is deemed as hate when that same light shown upon "muslim extremists" is met with appropriateness, approbation, love...


gag me....

Jacksons Ghost's picture

Worst kept secret of all time.

Truther's picture

Yes Way!!! Fuck the Zionists

BlindMonkey's picture

"This news comes as a major surprise"


Ummmm.  No.  Not really.

NumberNone's picture

Hidden in plain site..

Per the article:

With ISIS and Israeli supported rebels in tacit control of the Al-Qunaitra area and American special forces holding the Al-Tanf border crossing in Eastern Syria, the government’s control of the Daraa area was seen as vital in allowing Assad and Putin to push further East and win back more Syrian land. 

VWAndy's picture

 Team fiat plays dirty. Always has.

NoDebt's picture

This one is so obvious I'm not even sure it qualifies for the standard ZH "conspiracy theory becomes conspiracy fact" award.


Chupacabra-322's picture

@ NoDebt,

"Conspiracies" are just a Bias term for the truth we do not want to believe in.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

You see my friend, terminology's just another front of the ongoing war on consciousness.

With Zionists being (or owning) the ultimate spin-doctors, they've managed to convince humanity that it's us who is conspiratorial, when in essence it is them that constantly conspire against us.

Like IsraHell - Salafi Barbaria's conspiracy to create, train, fund and support moderate headchoppers in Syria and elsewhere.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Yea, and Mossad also pulled off the False Flag of 911.

And, the point is?

JRobby's picture

The point is get Biblical on their asses.

Cut their hands and feet off and you can be sure that they will get fitted for the finest prosthetics money can buy and be right back at it with a vengance.

This is a fight to the death.

roisaber's picture

>"friendly forces"

Because nothing says trustworthy like a deal with Wahhabi terrorists! Israel: disproving the stereotype that kikes are smart since 1969. The holocaust never happened but it should have.

tuetenueggel's picture

the answer to my question of above. Fast and accurat.

Slippery Slope's picture

The US should stop welfare to Israel, but we all know that won't happen. In other words, OUR tax dollars are funding the Syria terrorists.

Sick Underbelly's picture


Could you consider taking this to all your friends, neighbors, relatives, acquaintances, barber shop, etc... and ask two questions:

Is this the respresentation you want for all the taxes you pay?

If not, what is it going to take to get you to demand proper representation?


As if funding illegals isn't taxation without representation;

As if paying for radical "imports" of foreigners into refugee homes, jobs, and social programs isn't taxation without representation;

As if being forced to pay a tax for not choosing a healthcare program, or paying mega-increased premiums for sub-par, high-deductible plans isn't taxation without representation;

As if a 15+ year war to protect opium fields in Afghanistan isn't taxation without representation;

As if well over 800,000 innocent people have been killed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, alone, by US forces isn't taxation without representation...

We now know our tax dollars go to pay Israel, a "known enemy" of Syria, to turn around and secretly fund Syrian resistance fighters.

And to think, the Revolutionists starting blowing shit up over being taxed on their tea.