by yonitidi


Israel charges Arab who fought for Syrian rebels

Hakmat Matzrawa was arrested by the Shin Bet last month • Israeli Arab says rebels trained him, asked him about Israel, and ordered him to carry out both a suicide attack against the Syrian president and an attack in Israel, but Matzrawa refused.

The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
Hakmat Matzrawa


Photo credit: Israel Security Agency Spokesperson

Israel has arrested and charged an Israeli Arab for traveling to the “enemy state” of Syria to fight on the side of the rebels in the neighboring country’s civil war.

The Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, says it arrested Hakmat Matzrawa last month. It says the 29-year-old Matzrawa admitted that he received military training by the rebels in Syria and was questioned about Israel extensively.

The service says the rebels asked Matzrawa to carry out a suicide attack against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and an attack in Israel, but that he refused.

He was charged on Wednesday with contacting a foreign agent, receiving military training and leaving Israel illegally.

Israel is trying to stay out of the Syrian civil war, which has inched dangerously close to its northern border.

The question must be raised, how many more Israeli Arabs and Palestinians are getting on the job training fighting in Syria.

The next question must be raised is Israel better off with Assad firmly in power or a new government that is Islamic wack jobs?

I hope and pray that Assad wins and I don’t care how many people he has to kill to stay in power.