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Druze spiritual leader welcomes Ya’alon statements

The spiritual leader of Israel’s Druze, Sheikh Moafaq Tarif, welcomes Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s statements saying Israel’s ongoing humanitarian assistance to Syrian rebel fighters, a source of growing conflict between Israel and its own Druze population, safeguards the minority population in Syria.

“We welcome the defense minister’s explicit statement,” Tarif says. “We are confident that the security establishment will work to ensure the fulfillment of the conditions set by the state regarding the humanitarian assistance to the rebels.”

Spiritual Leader of the Druze Community in Israel Sheikh Moafaq Tarif, October 20, 2013. (photo credit: Mark Neyman/GPO/FLASH90)
Spiritual Leader of the Druze Community in Israel Sheikh Moafaq Tarif, October 20, 2013. (photo credit: Mark Neyman/GPO/FLASH90)

Ya’alon said earlier that Israel has been providing aid to Syrian rebels, thus keeping the Druze in Syria out of immediate danger. Israeli officials have previously balked at confirming on the record that the country has been helping forces that are fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Israel has treated over 1,000 wounded Syrians in its hospitals since the onset of the civil war in 2011.

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