BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 P.M.) – Israel is aiding the Syrian Kurds in order to fill the void left by the U.S. troops that withdrew from the Turkish border last month, the Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister said on Wednesday, as reported by the Reuters News Agency.

In a rare public dissent with U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered humanitarian aid to the “gallant Kurdish people” on Oct. 10, saying they faced possible “ethnic cleansing” by Turkey and its Syrian allies.

Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, told parliament on Wednesday that the offer had been taken up.

“Israel has received many requests for assistance, mainly in the diplomatic and humanitarian realm,” she said. “We identify with the deep distress of the Kurds, and we are assisting them through a range of channels.”

Syrian Kurdish officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Hotovely did not elaborate on the Israeli assistance, other than to say that during “dialogue with the Americans…, we state our truth regarding the Kurds…and we are proud of our taking a stand alongside the Kurdish people”.

Israel has maintained discreet military, intelligence and business ties with the Kurds since the 1960s, regarding the minority ethnic group — whose indigenous population is split between Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran – as a buffer against shared adversaries.

Chief among those today are Iranian-sponsored forces deploying close to Israel’s borders, including within Syria.

“Israel indeed has a salient interest in preserving the strength of the Kurds and the additional minorities in the north Syria area as moderate and pro-Western elements,” Hotovely said.

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“The possible collapse of the Kurdish hold in north Syria is a negative and dangerous scenario as far as Israel is concerned. It is absolutely clear that such an event would bring about a bolstering of negative elements in the area, headed by Iran.”

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turkish murkish…

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Rusia tiene una oportunidad para ganarse a los Kurdos ante el vacío dejado por los EE.UU.
Pero Putín prefiere complacer a Erdogan, se sigue así, los Kurdos buscarán otra alianza y está propenso a caer en las garras asesinos del Sionismo.

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Especially after Turkish DM went public about Turkey’s land thieveries intention : Freaking sounds like pre-WW2 Nazi Germany with the involvement in the Spanish Civil War, Austrian Anschluss and German occupation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia while Putin looks like he’s re-enacting the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. Since Turkey backs Hamas against Israel and also backs the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt… I think that nonetheless Israel but also Egypt and some other countries should help more seriously : it would be VERY CLEVER to create a Rojava Air-Force patterned on Claire Chennault’s Flying Tigers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Tigers Maybe Egypt… Read more »

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@death too, While I share Your sentiments about the Turkey’s Sultan’s intentions. I cannot fail to correct and chastise You on European and world historical politics. The Entente’s insane political schemes after WW I created the causes for at least all Near Eastern wars and conflicts, the Yugoslav war and WW II. The Sudetenland was German settled. You Entente branleurs never had the right to give the Sudetenland to the Czechs. You branleurs never had the right to prevent the planed post WW I unification of Austria and Germany. It was against Wilsons 14 points – which were a mere… Read more »

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Leclerc never ordered the summary execution of prisoners. Such accusations were spread by Vichy’s regime fanboys in order to taint Leclerc’s reputation and also in DeGaulle’s circles as his prestige and charisma made him considered as a potential upcoming French prez, just like the plots to ruin political careers od e.g. DSK or Bernard Tapie. The case you speak about is utter BS linked to the capture of some French Waffen-SS of the Charlemagne Division. After an argument, general Leclerc said “get me rid of this scümbags”, some low ranking officer misinterpreted the order and considered the “get me rid”… Read more »

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@death 2, as a officer and gentlemen You know that if Your men missunderstood Your orders, because they were not clear, You are the one politically responsible. The Waffen-SS of the Charlemagne Division was the German equivalent of French Foreign legion. Entitled to citizenship etc. You shot POWs not traitors. The Fascists persecuted my family and after the war Your communist friends did the same. You are branleurs with Your irredentism and Fascist type crimes against others.

As for the Turks they are the same as You Entente branleurs.

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@death 2, known alliances. I posted some months back that the nations affected by Turkish irredentism and plans for oil grabbing are seeing the Sultan as biggest regional danger and are looking for allies.

p.s. France did a military maneuver with Cyprus and has troops in Western Kurdistan. While her oil companies explore for the Sultan’s competitors. Honi soit qui mal y pense. Tongue.

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I also agree with this : ErDOG actions are by FAR the biggest regional issue and SHALL be thwarted at ALL COSTS and as a priority, even if we have to end “Balkanising” Turkey. And when I say “we”, I mean the EU, but this means that Angela MUST stop putting her head in the sand and your “Greens” would have to sit on their usual pacifism.

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@death 2, I am so glad that Angela is no war mongering coq gaulois.

As for the greens – they are as naive as AfD and Commies.

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Oh, there are 6 fanboys for the Sultan downvoting. May you all be infected by the cholera!

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@death 2, thank U.