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MK Kara: Syria dissidents sought Israel's help

Assad's rivals asked Israel to encourage global pressure on Syria, Likud MK says

Ilana Curiel
Published: 05.28.11, 14:53 / Israel News

Knesset Member Ayoob Kara said Saturday that Syrian opposition figures turned to him and asked that he help convince the international community to act against President Bashar Assad.


Speaking at an event in Beersheba, Kara said that he presented the request to the government, “which refused to intervene.”


"The Syrian opposition asked for my help, because of my connections; they wanted me to turn to the Israeli government so it would support them through various means, utilizing the United Nations, the United States and the European Union against the Assad regime."


The Likud MK said that he cultivated secret ties in Syria, thereby enabling many Syrians to arrive in Israel for medical care.


Addressing regional tensions, Kara added that he fears further Iranian rapprochement with Syria.


"I will not be sitting and waiting for Ahmadinejad to drop a bomb on me from Syria," he said, adding that he would like to do everything in his power to prevent an Iranian takeover of Syria.


"I scarified everything for this country; my two brothers. I was shell-shocked and I'm willing to sacrifice my children too, in order to prevent Syria from turning into Iran," he said.


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