IS ‘apologized’ to Israel for November clash says Ex-defense minister.
Jerusalem: On an occasion Islamic State terrorists have “apologized” to Israel for mistakenly attacking IDF soldiers in the occupied Golan Heights, according to a former Israeli Defense Minister.
Moshe Ya’alon, accidentally acknowledged Israel’s alliance and open communications with Islamic State cell which operates in Gollan Heights.
“There was one case recently where Daesh opened fire and apologized,” Ya’alon said on Saturday, according to the Times of Israel.
When asked to elaborate his statement, Ya’alon’s office refused to do so. The IDF also declined to comment. Under Israeli law, any communication with terrorists is considered illegal.
Ya’alon served as Israel’s Defense Minister from 2013 until his resignation in May 2016, and his comments were reportedly referring the incident which took place last November, wherein the ‘Shuhada al-Yarmouk cell’, which has pledged allegiance to ‘ISIS’, exchanged fire with Israeli forces after the IDF’s Golani Brigade crossed the security fence with Syria to conduct an “ambush operation.”
While Israel consistently opts neutrality in the Syrian conflict, Tel Aviv has in the past and on several occasions engaged Syrian military targets in Syria to prevent the alleged transfer of weapons to the Lebanese group Hezbollah, considered a terrorist group by Israel.
Israeli aircraft were first accused of allegedly striking a Syrian convoy transporting Iranian weapons to Hezbollah, back in January 2013. More allegations surfaced over the years, which Tel Aviv repeatedly denied or refused to comment on.
Finally in March this year, Tel Aviv did confirm conducting airstrikes on several targets in Syria, after Damascus activated its air defense system against the IDF jets.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justified the incursion explaining that IDF planes targeted a Hezbollah weapons convoy.