Terrorist israel providing Jordan, Egypt with ‘unprecedented’ intel
A senior Israeli military officer says Tel Aviv is providing “unprecedented” intelligence assistance to Jordan and Egypt.
Major General Yair Golan said “there is a strong feeling in the region that we have to put aside past animosities and concentrate on mutual interests and working together” to deal with threats.
Golan cited Daesh as one of those threats even as Israel and Jordan are widely known to have been supporting Takfiri groups in Syria.
“Egypt fights the Islamic State (Daesh) in the Sinai Peninsula. Jordan is terrified by the presence of the Islamic State in Jordan’s cities and towns. And we try to work with them in order to contribute something to their security,” Golan said.
Jordan and Egypt are the only Arab countries that have inked peace treaties with Israel.
Golan said he wouldn’t describe cooperating with Egypt and Jordan “as some sort of reconciliation between the people. But it is a good starting point and I’m quite optimistic concerning that.”
King Abdullah II of Jordan has claimed that Jordanian jets helped Israeli warplanes confront Russian aircraft on the southern Syrian border at an unspecified time.
The Israeli daily Haaretz reported last month that Abdullah had made the remarks to US Congressmen on January 11 without disclosing the date of the purported confrontation.
“We saw the Russians fly down, but they were met with Israeli and Jordanian F-16s,” Abdullah reportedly boasted.
The monarch was also quoted as saying how Jordanian special forces joined an operation by US-backed militants to retake a crossing on Syria’s eastern border with Iraq in early March.
On Monday, Syria’s envoy to the United Nations Bashar Ja’afari said Israel had been collaborating with Daesh terrorists and al-Qaeda linked militants in the occupied Golan Heights.
He made the remarks after PM Benjamin Netanyahu held Israel’s first ever cabinet meeting in the occupied region.
“This Israeli provocation … confirms without any doubt the cooperation between Israel and terrorists of Daesh and Nusra Front on the demarcation line between where the Golan is and UN troops are positioned,” Ja’afari said.
Meanwhile, relations between Egypt and Israel have been growing since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took power in the Arab country in 2014.
Egypt sent an ambassador to Tel Aviv in January. The Israeli regime further opened an embassy in Cairo in September 2015 after a four-year closure due to security concerns.
The embassy was closed on September 9, 2011, after thousands of protesters stormed the compound following the killing of six Egyptian policemen in August the same year by Israeli forces.