Official discloses Israel aiding Syrian Kurds ‘through range of channels’

La vice-ministre des Affaires étrangères israélienne, Tzipi Hotovely, donne une conférence de presse le 3 novembre 2015, près de l'implantation d'Ariel, en Cisjordanie
MENAHEM KAHANA (AFP/Archives)

Israel’s Knesset holds special meeting on Syria situation, identifies with ‘distress of the Kurds’

Israeli deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Wednesday that the Jewish State is assisting Syrian Kurds facing the Turkish offensive in a “range of channels”, Reuters news agency reported.

On October 10, incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered humanitarian aid to the “gallant Kurdish people,” which had been accepted by the Kurds, Hotovely told Knesset (parliament) members in a special discussion about ways to possibly help the stateless people to Israel’s north.Official: Israel aiding Syrian Kurds | Nov. 6Play Video

All speakers at the Knesset expressed their support for the Kurdish people, as well as the importance of Israel’s assistance to a nation that fought against the Islamic State and others, Hebrew media reported.

Likud member Gideon Saar said that “Israel has capabilities to help the Kurds. I am positive this will bear great fruit in the future,” Hebrew-language daily Israel Hayom reported.

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

The exact form of aid was not disclosed by the deputy minister, but she did elaborate, according to Reuters, that Israel is in “dialogue with the Americans… we state our truth regarding the Kurds… and we are proud of our taking a stand alongside the Kurdish people.”

She also stated that “The possible collapse of the Kurdish hold in north Syria is a negative and dangerous outcome for Israel, and it is crystal clear that a scenario like that will lead to strengthening of negative forces in the region, with Iran at the helm,” Israel Hayom reported.

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