israel waging proxy war on Syria

Two Syrian armed rebels on Mon, Jun 18, 2012

The discovery of caches of Israeli weapons in Syria’s Latakia Province, used as a hideout by armed groups, reinforces the notion that Israel is one of the forces inciting violence in Syria.

The weapons, which included machineguns, bombs, automatic rifles and explosive devices, were displayed on Syrian TV on June 15. The incident came two days after Israeli authorities took an official stance against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and endorsed armed gangs operating in Syria.

Over the past 15 months, Israeli officials were indirect in their approach, expressing their opposition to Assad through moves such as alleging the existence of non-conventional weapons in Syria. But the seizure of Israeli weapons by Syrian forces confirms the speculations that Tel Aviv was actively supporting the violence in the country.

The revelation is not surprising, though, given the stern anti-Israeli stance of Bashar Assad as well as that of his father and predecessor Hafez Assad. In 1973, Hafez fought Israeli forces and managed to regain control of parts of the Golan Heights. The territory was occupied by Israeli forces in 1967 and annexed in 1981. Hafez’s successor, Bashar, has been seeking to regain control of the rest of the territory, refusing to make any concessions to Tel Aviv.

In 2007, the Israeli air force invaded Syria and destroyed the al-Kibar site. Israel alleged Continue reading