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Israel’s Top Commander Finally Spills Secrets Of “Invisible War” In Syria

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

For years Israel denied allegations that it had a role in funding and weaponizing the anti-Assad insurgency in Syria, and more often military officials responded “no comment” even when confronted with overwhelming evidence of Israeli weapons documented in al-Qaeda linked insurgents’ hands, but this all changed in a new British Sunday Times interview with outgoing Israeli army commander Gadi Eisenkot, who has finally confirmed the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) supplied weapons to rebels across the border “for self-defense,” and further perhaps more stunningly, has admitted to long waging an “invisible war in Syria” that involved “thousands of attacks”.

Israel's Top Commander Finally Spills Secrets Of "Invisible War" In Syria

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot

The interview constitutes the first time that any current top Israeli military or government official has fully acknowledged sending anything beyond “humanitarian supplies,” such as medical aid to Syrian militants seeking to topple the Assad government; and yet it still appears the country’s military chief is slow playing the confirmation, only acknowledging the IDF provided “light weapons” — even after years of reporting has definitively uncovered an expansive Israeli program to arm dozens of insurgent groups and pay their salaries, including known affiliates of al-Qaeda in Syria.

This comes after the Syrian government has for years accused Israel of partnering with the west and gulf countries, such as the US, UK, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey of funding and weaponizing an al-Qaeda/ISIS insurgency as part of covert regime change operations aimed at Damascus and its allies Iran and Hezbollah. Since then, countries like Qatar have come forward to reveal just how vast their covert role in fueling the Syrian war really was, which we covered in our story, In Shocking, Viral Interview, Qatar Confesses Secrets Behind Syrian War.

The Sunday Times relates a key confession that comes out of Lt.-Gen Gadi Eisenkot’s explosive interview as follows:

Eisenkot acknowledged for the first time, however, that Israel had supplied rebel groups in the border area with light weapons “for self-defence”.

Israel was a hidden player on a crowded Syrian battlefield.

Eisenkot positively boasted in the interview that “We operated in an area controlled by the Russians, sometimes attacking targets a kilometre or two from Russian positions,” in order to strike at Iranian assets in Syria.

The rare “confession” of sorts comes at a moment the White House says it’s moving forward on President Trump’s previously announced US troop pullout from Syria, something which has rattled Israel’s leadership, which has argued that Iran will become entrenched near Israel’s border as a result. Eisenkot’s words appear a warning to Iran that Tel Aviv aims to maintain operational capability inside Syria.

On this point the IDF chief admitted to “thousands” of attacks inside Syria:

“We carried out thousands of attacks [in recent years] without taking responsibility and without asking for credit,” he told the Sunday Times.

Given that prior military officials have typically put this number at “hundreds”, often from 200 to 400, this is an astounding admission that confirms Israel and Syria have been in a de facto state of open war since the first acknowledged Israeli airstrikes began in 2013.

Commenting on a prior report, The Times of Israel, summarized the timeline of Israel’s support to the anti-Assad insurgency as follows:

Foreign Policy said that Israel’s support for the rebel groups began in 2013, funding groups in places such as Quneitra and Daraa. It ended this summer as the regime’s forces advanced and made increasing gains in southern Syria against rebels. Syrian President Bashar Assad’s troops regained control of the border area in July.

The Syrian army said in 2013 that it had seized Israeli weapons in rebel hands.

The report said Israel sent the rebel groups weapons that included assault rifles, machine guns, mortar launchers, and vehicles. It initially sent the rebels US-made M16 rifles that would not identify Jerusalem as the source, and later began supplying guns and ammo from an Iranian shipment to Lebanon’s Hezbollah group that Israel captured in 2009, according to Foreign Policy.

But a number of analysts have suggested Israeli support to the opposition began even closer to the start of the conflict.

A prior Wall Street Journal investigation found that this relationship involved weapons transfers, salary payments to anti-Assad fighters, and treatment of wounded jihadists in Israeli hospitals, the latter which was widely promoted in photo ops picturing Netanyahu himself greeting militants. As even former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell once directly told the Israeli publicIsrael’s “dangerous game” in Syria consists in getting in bed with al-Qaeda in order to fight Shia Iran. 

Israel's Top Commander Finally Spills Secrets Of "Invisible War" In Syria

Prior widely shared photo of Israeli soldiers speaking face to face with al-Qaeda fighters near the Israeli occupied Golan heights in Syria.

In recent years, multiple current and former Israeli defense officials have gone so far as to say that ISIS is ultimately preferable to Iran and Assad. For example, former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren in 2014 surprised the audience at Colorado’s Aspen Ideas Festival when he said in comments related to ISIS that, “the lesser evil is the Sunnis over the Shias.” Oren, while articulating Israeli defense policy, fully acknowledged he thought ISIS was “the lesser evil.”

Likewise, for Netanyahu and other Israeli officials the chief concern was never the black clad death cult which filmed itself beheading Americans and burning people alive, but the possibility of, in the words of Henry Kissinger, “a Shia and pro-Iran territorial belt reaching from Tehran to Beirut” and establishment of “an Iranian radical empire.”

What is clear, and now finally settled for the historical record, is that for years Israeli concealed its “hidden hand” in the proxy war while feigning merely “humanitarian aid” something now fully admitted by Israel’s top military commander. In other words the humanitarian smokescreen was cover for a full-on covert war on Damascus, as we and many other independent outlets have reported many times, and for years. Yet another past “conspiracy theory” becomes today’s incontrovertible fact.

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  • Zionism = EVIL

    Hardly a secret, most rational people know that the destruction of Syria is a Zionist project and things are about to get much worse.

    • You can call me Al

      Rubbish, no-one has ever heard of the Greater Israeli project; honest !!.

  • Lena Jones

    Yeah sure it was a secret kept from brainwashed jew morons.

  • S Melanson

    Upon making the admission, a reporter says it is like the nukes, the worlds worst kept secret, the fact Israel supports terrorists being second worst. Reporters start leaving and the general asks if they have any questions – only one reporter responds – I have to finish doing laundry. You are not surprised??? The reporter replies – the only one surprised is you… and maybe someone who has been in a coma for the past twenty five years and just woke up.

    • Brother Ma

      Nice joke. I like it!

      • jako

        It sounds realistic and not like “joke” to me :-))

        • Brother Ma

          Are you saying this event really happened and the rwporter actually said this?

          • jako

            It was an exaggeration, a JOKE :-))

          • Brother Ma

            Hahaha

    • Brother Ma

      Melanson,you were joking right? This event with the reporter never happened right?

      • S Melanson

        It did not happen but it captures the article focus on first admission off what everyone already knows, and have for years.

  • Brother Ma

    Most people are not and never will be informed. The damage is done to Syria. The Zionists lied,cheated ,stole and murdered and so far got away with it. When will they pay for their crimes or will it be all swept under the carpet as Kemal’s turco headchopper’s butchering of Christians in 1920s was?

    How do you answer Fukus? Same fuckwads then as now!

    • Tommy Jensen

      The sheeple will continue to believe in the 6 million and do what they are told.

      • Carne João Pasta

        With each passing day the more stronger is the desire to end my existence on this fucked up planet.

        • Jason De Larue Samuel

          Believe in God and be happy life je a miracle

          • Carne João Pasta

            Yeah as if it’s that easy. What’s to be happy about with satanic psychopaths ruling us? Living in this dreadful country with arrogant, conceited people and no prospects for dating or having a family. Thanks for taking time to comment anyway.

          • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

            I feel the same exact way, but daily praying will save us, do not lose hope my friend, things will get better i guarantee it :))

          • Tommy Jensen

            Not. It will only get much worse. There is no savior anywhere on earth. The forces are too strong.
            We will be like those dying native tribes going alcoholics because of the surrounding society of cold technology sociopaths.

          • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

            Get out of here with ur negativity man

        • Tommy Jensen

          Thats what they are heading for.
          Hybrid war on everybody to a “sustainable planet level” of 1-2 billion with Silicon Valey and the liberals as useful idiots on the front.

          Meaning 5-6 billion have to be wiped out one way or another, heading to a society of slave owners and slaves in a technology totalitarian paradise of chips and central controle.
          Emotions, individual thoughts and human creation erased.

          Dont give up without a fight :-D.

    • jako

      Butchering of Christians in 1920s is not “under the carpet”
      More like permanently ignored like all other recent “butchering of Christians” in Syria, Africa and elsewhere in the World.
      When Christians are killed MSM tries to ignore those events or to slip them quickly as 2nd rate information.
      Only countries that have non-limited licence to piss in the moth of Muslims and on Islam in general are Israel and U.S.
      To the Christians even much less is strictly forbidden not to upset “brotherly” relations with Islam when such events occur.
      Try to do some Christian terrorist attack in EU and ALL fucking MSM media will go WILD especially if it touches Mosque
      While if Muslims do anything of the sort against Christians or even terrorist act in general than it is well hidden or at least to cover that up or hide as much as they can

    • S Melanson

      You say so far got away with it. Appearances make it seem that way but the consequences are still playing out and Israel has a fork in the road before it. One path, oblivion. The other path, bring to completion what was started forty years ago. Oblivion is the current path and Israel may go down but take all nations down with her. If that is sufficient satisfaction for Israel to continue on this path, then the same mistakes will repeat until the lesson is understood

      • Brother Ma

        Let us hope clever people take over Israel but the likelihood is not great. Normally change there requires blood and tears. The Deep State of Israel like Turkey and Usa is like a Juggernaut. You need a big asymmetric jolt to reset them.

  • Tommy Jensen

    “thousands of attacks”. Its a miracle Syria still stands today.
    Hundreds of different militias, ISIS, Turkey, France, US, Canadians, Nato Coalition, YPG, SDF, White Helmets and Israel fooling around inside Syria with machineguns and explosives.

    • jako

      1st decent comment in years Tommy
      are you out of coma….. so your brain is active again or…

      • Tommy Jensen

        Its difficult to comment on absurd fake news and games. But when the news closes in on reality, we are in a better position to contribute.

        • jako

          I see ….there is another person under Tommy Jensen profile…
          and where is other Tommy …day off or somethin’

          • S Melanson

            Same person I think. I had serious debate with Tommy couple of times on serious topics and he is very intelligent actually.

          • jako

            That must be so, because he is hiding that very well.
            And that is not simple ploy

          • S Melanson

            That which is hidden can be found… if one takes the time to look. :)

          • RMM

            Are you trying to distract attention from Israel’s war crimes, and crimes against humanity?

          • jako

            Are you trying to label me?
            Cause that’s what 80% of people on this forum do often.
            And why would I do such thing?
            WTF is wrong with you all?!
            Why would anybody try to justify Jewish CRIMES?!
            I am Orthodox Christian and I couldn’t care less about Jews!
            Now leave me alone please!

            P.S.
            I know that being Tommy Jensen is “crime” but I didn’t know that it is such big crime? D :-)))))))))))))))))))
            That’s why I have blocked that NATO bitch!
            I haven’t got clue what was all that conversation about anyways.

        • S Melanson

          My take is you match the absurdity of the article in your prose. Although even in absurdity is buried a message.

          • RMM

            The absurdity of the article… Are you saying the IDF Chief of Staff, Gadi Eisenkot,is an absurd man?
            Or are you saying there was no point in reporting his words since the entire world already knew Israel is a criminal state anyway, and the crimes and atrocities in Syria are just a drop in the ocean of their evil deeds?

          • S Melanson

            The absurdity relates to reporting what everyone already knew. I posted a comment to the article as a satirical parody of the announcement that speaks to this.

  • jako

    Is Muslims are wiser they would make PEACE between them
    And declare war on Israel and destroy it in one day.

    • gustavo

      You dream….

      • jako

        Being so wise Gustavo can you tell me why guys I do not like (like you) tend to comment my comments so much?
        No I don’t think it is “dream”…..
        Muslims are manipulated to the maximum to fight EACH OTHER instead of FIGHTING their TRUE ENEMY ISRAEL.
        They will wake up to the reality one day and Israel will be DESTROYED…
        What are you?
        An Italian Jew?
        Or you are just ordinary testa di cazzzo?

        • gustavo

          Well, I just know how jews have control of information, economy, banks, and know how manipulations of nations. In addition, most of the Muslims consider jews as their big brothers. That is why I am pessimist with respect to this action.

          • jako

            I thought that you are provocateur.
            My apologies gustavo I was dead wrong about you.
            Please forgive me my rude words.

            I am very far from being neo-NAZI thus I do not hate Jews for being born Jews.
            I can even understand Muslim become friend with the Jew but not
            friend with the Zionists or Israel as country the way Israel it is today…
            Israeli politics is Zionism on steroids and I can not
            understand how ANY Muslim can be friend of Israel and their politics.
            What Israel does makes me sick as non Muslim and how much more
            should Muslims feel the same!!
            Those who do not are just brain washed..

          • SOT

            The problem of prople like you in Arab is hatred for the Jews.You cannot conceal that cleverly enough.Dude it’s still obvious-you hate Jess beign Arab and Muslim.Not totally your fault though it’s your upbringing and indoctrination.Oh Jako wean yourself off that and be free of bitterness every time your innate evil desires for the Jews fall short of commin to realization.See the Jews are paleaPale to stay as the nation of isreal. What can one do again the determinate counsel of the Almighty.Dotard Jew haters will forever suffer heart attack as Isreal is advancing and expanding under the secure arms of the Most high.

          • jako

            You are wrong just about everything you say.
            Again and for the last time… I am Christian!
            I am not neo-NAZI and have nothing against every Jew being Jew.
            All I hate are warmongering nations, organizations which are today incarnated in Israel, US, UK, NATO, the Zionists and such… and absolutely all parties & organizations that support that militarism, wars, neocolonialism, globalism like neo-liberals, neocons and other evil bastards…
            I hate also all these so called Jihad (Zionist)”rebels” who directly serve as an instrument to the Israel and West in their strategy to destroy the Arab Muslim world and put in danger world peace also.

            I think that Israel is aggressor and apartheid nation that doesn’t have right to exist because you deny that right to the Palestinians for very long time by committing crimes on daily bases.
            Once Muslims wake up and UNITE Israel will stop to exist.

            If you REALLY believe in such commitment of Almighty you wouldn’t be wasting your time talking to me….
            God help you to REPENT and change your evil ways and leave Palestinians and other Muslims live in PEACE !

  • Redadmiral

    The Cockroach Jews who infest Palestine like a plague up to their usual sly underhanded ways. Hiding the truth as best they can, fortunately for us they are not very good at it. Hiding behind ‘humanitarian aid’, civilian aircraft and of course the Biggest Lie Ever Told, 6,000,000 Jews murdered between 1942 and 45. Once Syria has regained complete control of its pre 2011 borders, it will along with Iran have to prepare for the biggest battle. Retaking Golan, followed immediately by crushing the IsraHelli Cockroaches and liberating Palestine.

    • You can call me Al
      • gustavo

        I do not know a jew who do not support the formation of his holly land (it does not matter how).

        • You can call me Al

          Do me a favour and just search and spend 15 minutes (or less) reading about “judaism vs zionism”. You must learn / understand and not be told (sorry I mean that in a nice way).

      • Redadmiral

        IsraHell is a Nation of Jews for Jews. You can call them Zionist if you want but it does not alter the fact they are Jews.

      • RMM

        And many, many more non-Jews as well.
        Jews don’t have a monopoly of deaths during WWII.
        But they have killed, maimed, displaced and inflicted untold numbers ever since – and not among those who killed their people.
        Pay time will come, however. It’ll be done unto them as they did…

    • SOT

      Where is palentine.There is no Nation with such name on the wirlw scene yet.Oh in the Arab world? You see again,
      ?self Delution.Well there could be a Palestine Nation eventually if you people become realistic in your wild dreams and wake up fast from your delutional snooze.

      • Redadmiral

        Learn to spell. Learn how to construct a sentence. Then learn to keep your stupid opinions to yourself You moranic hasbara troll.

  • John Whitehot

    the admission has been made solely for the propagandistic purposes.

    Otherwise, they would has kept their traps shut.

    Moreover, if this “admission” comes in this moment, there is chance that the israeli “attacks” will stop soon. Judging from the large uncertainty there is about the latest ones, photoshopped pics included, it’s reasonable to think so.

    Something must have changed when some weeks ago Israel launched the largest attack ever, something very akeen to a saturation kind of mission where several kinds of weapons and relative delivery methods were used.
    In that case, Israel DID NOT admit performing the attack, while Syria announced the interception of ALL the munitions and the destruction of “a drone” too.

    It does not take much genius to establish connections between these latest events.

    • You can call me Al

      Remember the Israeli’s stated categorically that they would take out Syria’s newly received S-300 air defence. I think they tried and failed abysmally. Therefore you could be onto something with your comment.

      If I could, I would give you 1,000 upticks. A very interesting comment, thanks.

      • Tommy Jensen

        The latest S-300 supply to Syria was one more media hoax.
        First the stupid claim of a “training period” of 3-6 mth. Then unfortunately Israel succeed to wipe all S-300 out, before the training and connecting cables finished, and Kremlin declare they were naive thinking Israel were honestly only going after Iranian WMD but instead 2 new Russian generals were killed and NEXT time Russia will retaliate..

      • SOT

        You are a real rotard.So you believe the hogwash he said and you are so delighted?Delution that’s the name.Wait until Syria is back in the stone age for harbouring ambitious and terrirter Iran before you people realize that your country is beigb destroyed.syria should stand for itself and and become democratic.Have some ambition and play in the international arena like a real first world country not a playground and testing ground fir wannabe superpowers like Turkey, Iran or France.

  • jako

    HOW COME Muslims have JIHAD on Muslims in Syria and on top of everything SPONSORED BY JEWS!

    WAKE THE FUCK UP – YOUR TRUE ENEMY IS ISRAEL NOT ASSAD !

  • R PLobo

    This is the talk of the defeated. The zionist army knows that the party is over. It was over when that photo was taken – iof gangsters handing off the fight to bearded suicidal goat herders rabble. How the zionists thought this would work out to their benefit in the ME is beyond belief. The doubling down on stupidity demonstrates that the zionists are even more suicidal than the wahhabi moderate head choppers.

    • gustavo

      Israel plans worked more or less ok. Syria has been destroyed by the terrorists formed by Israel-USA-NATO with the help of Qatar-Saudis-Jordan-Turkey. Of course, the problem is that Syria army was to totally destroyed (thanks to Russia), and that could be a big problem for Israel later on. Well, next country to be destroyed is Iran…and they are working on that already.

      • R PLobo

        Iran will never happen. Syria was weak in 2011. Iran will not back down and any attack will mean the end of the zionist entity and all of the US bases. For good measure Iran will also crush the ksa muppets.
        The irony is that Syria and Hezbollah are stronger than ever – the zionists were not able to over run Syria. The amount of damage to Syria is tremendous – however, the zionists are now in a much more critical position than ever.

        • SOT

          How will iran achieve that?

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    It is time for the international community to impose a no-fly zone over Israel and a UN coalition to go in and retrieve back Palestinians and Lebanon’s and Syria’s land.
    Make Israel go back to its agreed upon borders in the contract that Jews themselves signed.

    • gustavo

      You dream…

  • gustavo

    Those who have followed Middle East problem since some years ago are not strange at all about these declarations. They are just confirmation of someone who did not care about evidences, but the evidences do not need confirmation (declaration) of the criminal himself. A criminal always declares to be innocent. On the other hand, Russia behavior with respect Israel is something to take very very very into account since Russia has allowed Israel to do whatever and whenever it wants in Syria, and it looks like Russia will continue with the same behavior (knowing all of this ahead of time).

  • Smaug

    Yep, once again South Front and ZeroHedge makes a complete and total idiot of themselves by thinking he can convince people that any Rebel equates to al-Qaeda. Although both sites have the same amount of typos, formatting, tone, anti-US agenda, and both present the other’s opinion as fact so maybe we’re talking about the work of one guy. And quite frankly, this guy doesn’t realize that he’s actually a professional blogger, not a news source.

    • ZP

      Yeah right, for “real” news we have the MSM don’t we?

      • Smaug

        Well, I regret to inform you that most people are not in a state of voluntary schizophrenia.

        • ZP

          Oh my, you are a real diamond… not only did you attempt to defend what cannot be defended anymore (the now beyond doubt biased and toing the official narrative MSM), but you at the same time diagnosed everyone else (the ones daring to look for news in the alternative media) with schizophrenia? When will you start burning the Books?

          • Smaug

            I didn’t ask you for an opinion.

          • ZP

            “The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human” – A. Huxley

          • Smaug

            Do you actually think I’m reading your stupid comments?

          • ZP

            Judging by your futile wish to have a final and decisive say:YES you are, you are reading but it looks like you are not processing much as you in the end have to resort to personal insults

          • Smaug

            Don’t anyone mind us, he decided to waste my time so I’m just wasting his ego.

          • ZP

            First you have to have it, only then can you waste it

  • Julian Clegg

    For reference:

    “The West should seek the further weakening of Islamic State, but not its destruction”

    “The West yearns for stability, and holds out a naive hope that the military defeat of IS will be instrumental in reaching that goal. But stability is not a value in and of itself. It is desirable only if it serves our interests.”

    – Israeli professor Efraim Inbar

    Source: The Destruction of Islamic State is a Strategic Mistake https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/destruction-islamic-state-strategic-mistake/

    • Tommy Jensen

      It reminds me about Jewish stupidity in 66-70 AD.
      The Zealots won two battles against the Romans and thought in their naivety they could beat Rome.
      When Rome parked outside Jerusalem with 60000 prof soldiers, the Zealot Jews destroyed the Jerusalem food reserves to stir up the more peaceful Jews to make them desperate and fight more fierce.
      The result was a disaster. Thousands of Jews died of hunger, the rest became weaker and Rome entered and slaughtered Jerusalem, destroyed their Temple II completely and banned them from ever enter Jerusalem again.

  • ANDROID36C CUP SAYS

    If I have said it once I have said it a thousand times I love seeing jews and sand niggers get the shit blown out of them it gives me a raging fucking hard on