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ISRAEL SHOULD AID THE KURDS

President Masoud Barzani (screen shot from Al Jezeera interview)

 Is ISIL now perpetrating a massacre of Kurds in northern Syria? Yes, according to Kurdish leaders in both Syria and Iraq. In the past several days, ISIL tanks, artillery and motorized forces have been pounding Kurdish militia in the area near the town of Kobani, which is nearly surrounded except for an escape route north to the Turkish border. An estimated sixty Kurdish villages have been overrun - thirty-nine fell on September 19th alone. Thousands of frantic Kurdish women, girls and small children have been fleeing to the north. Many have reportedly been kidnapped along the way by ISIL. The Kurdish militia are trying to stem the ISIL onslaught, but are vastly out gunned by the Muslim fanatics. President Masoud Barzani, the senior Kurdish leader has issued an appeal to the world before it is too late:


 'I call upon the international community to take every measure as soon as possible to save Kobani and the people of Syrian Kurdistan from the terrorists - they will not hesitate to commit crimes and atrocities, therefore, they must be hit wherever they are'.

Fighting in western Kobani

 The last part of his statement apparently refers to US President Barack Obama, who has said he intends to launch air strikes inside Syria as well as Iraq. However, Syrian President Hafez Assad has warned Obama that he must first seek Syria's permission. Redur Xelil, a spokesman for the Kurdish fighters, told CNN:


 'The international community has to take action. If not, there will be a new genocide, this time in Kobani!'


'The whole world is silent. Every day we hear there is going to be an attack on IS (Islamic State), but where is it? Will it come after everyone is dead?'

 And in Kobani itself, the commander of the Kurdish forces, Esmat al-Sheikh told Reuters by telephone:


 'The whole world is silent. Every day we hear there is going to be an attack on IS (Islamic State), but where is it? Will it come after everyone is dead?'


Prime Minister Netanyahu

 'The whole world is silent' - that should ring a bell for Jews in general and for the Jewish state in particular. During World War Two, no one came to the aid of the Jews in Europe who were being massacred, and the allies could spare no time to even consider sending a squadron of bombers to destroy the crematorium in Auschwitz. Now, while the world watches in silence, President Obama ponders what international law will say about an American air strike to save the Kurds, and whether Assad will like it or not. But should the Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu also play Hamlet, and procrastinate about whether Israel should act on its own to save the beleaguered Kurds in Syria? No, in light of the rapid deterioration, Netanyahu should call an urgent session of his security cabinet to discuss the situation, and whether Israel has a moral obligation to act, before it may be too late.


There is no question that Israeli pilots could carry out a mission to inflict severe damage on the advancing IS forces in northern Syria, and possibly block their current offensive against the Kurds. There would be price to pay.

 There is no question that Israeli pilots could carry out a mission to inflict severe damage on the advancing IS forces in northern Syria, and possibly block their current offensive against the Kurds. There would be price to pay. The Israeli jets could be shot down by IS or by the Syrian air defense system, supplied by Russia. However, according to foreign sources, Israel took this risk in sending its pilots to knock out strategic arms shipments from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon. In addition, IS or Al Qaeda forces on the Golan Heights could retaliate by shelling across the border. Moreover, Islamic terrorists could mount a new campaign of terror against Israeli and Jewish targets abroad. In the past, Israel reportedly aided the Kurds, but stopped doing so years ago due to political pressure from Turkey. The bottom line is - if the US refuses to aid the Kurds, Israel should.






 David Essing

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