Leaders of various militant groups operating against the Syrian government have sent congratulatory messages to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his victory in the Israeli elections, urging Tel Aviv to continue its support.
The messages have been passed on through Mendi Safadi, a recently re-elected Knesset (Israeli parliament) member, who has acted as a mediator between the militant groups and Israel.
“We received with great hope and joy the news of your victory,” the message sent by one of the militant groups read.
In one of the messages, a militant leader congratulated Israelis, the mediator and Netanyahu on the victory, calling for support from the Tel Aviv regime as well as building “the best of relations on all levels” with Israel.
Safadi also told Israeli media that he had received two official letters and numerous other calls from many militant groups, including the Western-backed so-called Free Syrian Army.
Results released by the Israeli Central Elections Committee on Thursday showed Netanyahu’s ruling right-wing Likud party had won in the general elections.
The “almost final” figures released on Thursday indicate that Likud party won 30 of the 120 parliament seats, while the opposition Zionist Union gained 24. Official results are expected to be published on March 25, after complaints of voting irregularities are investigated.
In October 2014, Israeli political commentator, Ehud Yaari, said the Tel Aviv regime has provided medical treatment for over 1,400 wounded militants from Syria.
Yaari added that some militant groups operating inside Syria maintain contact with the Israeli military and have had secret meetings with Israeli military figures.
Last month, Muhammad Badie, a Syrian anti-government leader told Israeli media outlets that the Syrian opposition was grateful to Netanyahu for his tour to a field hospital in the occupied Golan Heights on February 18, 2014.
Israel’s Channel 2 News aired footage of a secret Israeli field hospital in Golan that has treated over 700 Syrians, including militants.