Le Canard Enchainé: Israel in Pact with Al Qaeda – So Crack Open your Vodka Bottles, We Got Ourselves a Proxy War

Jabhat al-Nusra

The French satirical magazine which occasionally scores major scoops Le Canard Enchainé (which translates as the chained duck) has reported that Israel is supporting Jabhat al-Nusra, a bona fide arm of Al Qaeda, providing it with military supplies. The magazine says it relies on French Intelligence for this report. What it came down to, apparently, were reports by the UN peace keeping force on the Israel-Syria border on the Golan Heights, which spotted IDF soldiers delivering “mysterious boxes” to Jabhat al-Nusra fighters.

The Jabhat al-Nusra has been on Israel’s north-eastern border for many months now, since they’ve pushed out the Assad government army. And if you’ve been wondering why they didn’t push their way south, into the Zionist land, fanatic extremist jihadists that they are, it’s because, a. they’re not stupid, and, b. they have a common enemy that’s much more loathsome to them than the Zionists: Iran and its local proxy army, the Hezbollah.

As the Lebanese Al Monitor reported in September, Jabhat al-Nusra has taken control of the Syrian side of the border facing the Lebanese area of Shebaa, which is occupied by Israel, isolating Hezbollah from the Syrian extension in the Golan Heights. Hezbollah considers the area a strategic position in its conflict with Israel. According to Al Monitor, Jabhat al-Nusra’s control of the Syrian-Lebanese-Israeli triangle has put an end to the Hezbollah’s repeated attempts to heat up the Israeli border.

“Jabhat al-Nusra’s control of the Syrian-Lebanese-Israeli triangle has put an end to this and prevented it from being used as a multidisciplinary card in the hands of Hezbollah, ” Al Monitor’s Jean Aziz wrote this fall.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem accused Israel back in November of “aiding the rebels in Syria.” He was complaining that “every time the Syrian army advances” in an attempt to take back rebel held ground, “there is an Israeli strike, either land-based with tanks, or from the air. I say that this proves that Israel is a main partner of Jabhat al-Nusra, which is fighting against our forces on our southern border.”

“We are not the first to point out this partnership, ” the Syrian FM said. “The Israelis themselves say it. Moshe Ya’alon said that Al-Nusra is a ‘mild’ group, even though it is on the list of international terror organizations. Ya’alon even proudly pointed out that some members of the group are getting treatment in Israeli hospitals.”

The mild wild…

Jabhat an-Nuṣrah li-Ahli ash-Shām (The Support Front for the People of Al-Sham), sometimes called Tanzim Qa’edat Al-Jihad fi Bilad Al-Sham or al-Qaeda in Syria, is a branch of Al Qaeda operating in Syria and Lebanon, according to Wiki.

The group announced its formation in January 2012, in the midst of the Syrian Civil War. Since then, says Wiki, it has been described as both “the most aggressive and successful” and “one of the most effective rebel forces” in Syria, until they were outshined by the new fanatic guy on the block, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS.

Al-Nusra has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Nations, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Turkey, but, apparently, they can board an El Al flight any time…

Another key player in the area, which includes Jabal al-Arab or the Druze Mountain, are the Druze, who are spread between Syria, Lebanon, the Golan Heights, and green-line Israel. From the very beginning of the Syrian civil war, there has been a tight cooperation between the rebels and Israel, which never concealed its medical and other non-military support to them. And from the start, it was Israel’s most celebrated Druze politician, former Deputy Minister for Development of the Negev and Galilee Ayoob Kara, who served as go-between for the rebels and the Netanyahu government.

If there is a quiet understanding between Israel and Al Qaeda at the Golan border, it must be because there’s an understanding between Al Qaeda and the Druze. So now the sides in the conflict are relatively clear: it’s the Alawite Assad, and the Shiite Iran and Hezbollah against the Sunni Al Qaeda, the Druze and the Jews.

And this is why the Russians were so upset when the Israeli Air Force bombed targets outside the Damascus airport last week — it’s because it signaled the immeasurably greater capabilities of the above mention coalition over whatever Assad can throw into the battle field.

Crack open your vodka bottles, we got ourselves a new proxy war.

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