One of the leaders of the Syrian opposition forces on Friday expressed his appreciation for the compassion and care offered to victims of Syria's ongoing civil war by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli people.
Speaking from Istanbul, Mohammed Badie told Israel Radio that he and other Syrian rebel leaders were deeply thankful for the goodwill fellow Syrians had experienced at the hands of Israel as they continue to struggle against the regime of Bashar Assad.
Badie said that Netanyahu's public visit to the Israeli army field hospital that processes wounded Syrians crossing the border had sent an "important message" both to average Syrians and the Assad regime.
Netanyahu visited the Golan Heights field hospital last Tuesday. After visiting with doctors and patients, the prime minister said in this very place the world could see the stark difference between Israel and the Islamist forces behind the daily brutality in Syria.
Israel has been highly critical of the Assad regime for its use of often exaggerated and indiscriminate force that results in massive casualties among civilians.
At the same time, many of the rebel groups (and there are many, some of which are warring with one another) have links to Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremists and have acted with even greater savagery against average Syrians, especially non-Muslims.
Meanwhile, Israel treats anyone and everyone who crossed the border in need of medical care. On average, some 100 Syrians are being processed each month by the IDF field hospital before being sent on to larger medical facilities in Israel for more advanced treatment.