Socialist Lebanese politician slams Syrian opposition
Walid Jumblatt has urged the Syrian National Coalition to take a stance against alleged cooperation with Israel (File/AFP)
Leader of Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party has denounced reports of cooperation between foreign-backed Syria opposition groups and the Israeli regime.
According to a Monday report by the Lebanese Daily Star newspaper, Walid Jumblatt slammed the reported cooperation as a “very dangerous issue,” adding that any support from Israel could further divide Syrians.
He also urged the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) to adopt a decisive stance against such “dangerous developments.”
Last week, Kamal al-Labwani of the SNC said the opposition hopes to cooperate with Israel, adding that the militants are seeking Israeli military assistance.
In April, he said that a coalition with Tel Aviv is the only way to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Labwani also stated that the overthrow of Assad is among Israel’s main interests in Syria.
According to reports, he had earlier offered handing the occupied Golan Heights to Tel Aviv in return for receiving military aid from the Israeli regime and using Israel’s assistance to enforce a no-fly zone over southern Syria.
In late February, an unnamed Israeli commander admitted that the Israeli military is in contact with the foreign-backed militants inside Syria.
Some reports say hundreds of militants have received treatment in Israeli hospitals. Most of them have returned to Syria, where they battle government forces.
On February 18, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to a secret field hospital in the Golan Heights, which offers medical services to the injured militants coming in from Syria.
On February 21, foreign-backed Syrian opposition leader Muhammad Badie reportedly praised Netanyahu for visiting the wounded militants.