Lebanese Report: Israel Tried to Arm Syrian Rebels

Hackers allegedly broke into computers of Israel defense officials accessing secret documents on contact with Syrian opposition.

Cynthia Blank ,

Israel-Syria border (file)
Israel-Syria border (file)
Basel Awidat, Flash 90

A Lebanese news site affiliated with Hezbollah claimed Thursday it had obtained documents showing attempts by Israeli officials to transfer weapons to Syrian opposition forces. 

According to Al-Akhbar's report, unidentified hackers broke into the computers of defense officials, and acquired files, transcripts, phone numbers, addresses as well as secret documents. 

The report alleges the hackers also broke into the computer and tapped the phone of "the Druze official closest to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu." 

That official has been named as Mandi Safdi, a former parliamentary aide to a fellow Druze, MK Ayoub Kara (Likud). 

Surveillance of Safdi lasted a number of months, Al-Akhbar claims, and it exposed senior Lebanese and Syrian officials cooperation with Israel. 

According to the report, the documents obtained by Al-Akhbar reveal an attempt by Safdi to recruit Lebanese and Syrian agents to transfer weapons to Syrian opposition groups. 

The report also alleges certain documents pinpoint coordination between Syrian opposition groups, Lebanese groups and Israel in attempts to access information on Hezbollah. 

Hezbollah, a terrorist organization based in southern Lebanon, has been an active military partner to the Syrian regime throughout the course of the now four-year civil war.