Hezbollah, Iran, Syria working to prevent Israel-militants collaboration
A Lebanese lawmaker says Hezbollah, Iran and Syria are cooperating to create a “resistant society” in the Golan Heights to thwart cooperation between Israel and terrorist groups operating there.
“Iran, Syria and Hezbollah are working on establishing a resistant society in the Golan, and this is a great responsibility for the axis of resistance,” Walid Sukkarieh said on Tuesday.
Sukkarieh, who is retired Lebanese army general, told Al-Joumhouria newspaper that the Tel Aviv regime “is attempting to normalize relations with the opposition groups in the [Golan Heights] area, and especially with the Nusra Front” terrorist group.
The MP noted that Israelis are prepared to set up a security zone on the border to penetrate into Syrian communities living in Golan.
“Syria sent resistance groups to the Golan Heights more than one year ago,” Sukkarieh said.
“If Hezbollah is [operating] in the area, then I think its role is about organizing the resistance against Israel and prevent normalizing relations with it,” he said.
The comments come in the wake of an Israeli airstrike in Syria on January 18 that claimed the lives of six Hezbollah members, including 25-year-old Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of slain Hezbollah top commander Imad Mughniyeh, and an Iranian commander .
Media reports that Israel carried out last week’s terror attack in the strategic southwestern city of Quneitra in Golan Heights with the help of Takfiri terrorists, particularly the al-Nusra Front.
Citing reports on Syrian opposition websites, the Haaretz newspaper said that the al-Qaeda-linked militants operating in the Golan Heights “provide ongoing intelligence information to Israel, and also receive help from the latter in the form of weapons and military training.”
The Syrian army has repeatedly seized huge quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from the foreign-backed militants inside Syria.
The country has been grappling with a foreign-backed deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence has so far claimed the lives of nearly 200,000 people, according to the UN.