Syrian Rebels Press Israel to Enter Civil War

Thursday, June 26, 2014 |  Ryan Jones

Syrian rebel forces are frustrated that Israel is not striking government targets in their country more forcefully, and are urging Jerusalem to play a greater role in the civil war raging just over the Jewish state’s northern border.

Earlier this week, Israel launched a limited aerial assault on Syrian government forces after mortar fire from Syria killed a young Israeli-Arab boy in the Golan Heights.

But Syrian rebel sources that [spoke to The Times of Israel][2] said the strikes did nothing to disrupt the ability of the Assad regime to hold its positions in the area.

Members of the Free Syrian Army are hoping that Israel will coordinate future strikes with them so as to actually damage the military capabilities of Syrian government forces. They say that by doing so, Israel would greatly endear itself to Syrians fed up of wallowing under the Assad regime.

Israel this week also received a letter from Kurdish rebels in northern Syria who likewise urged Jerusalem to use its diplomatic influence on the world stage to elicit greater support for moderate anti-government forces.

While the various local rebel forces have made inroads against the Assad regime, they are now also fighting the growing threat of foreign jihadists fighting under the banner of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), which now controls much of eastern Syria.

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