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Unknown to many Lebanese and Arabs, on July 19, 1985, Kamal Aboultaif, who had revealed an Israeli plan to create a Druze state extending from the Golan Heights to the Chouf mountains in Lebanon, passing through the region of Rashaya, was assassinated in Aiha in the West Bekaa.Kanj was a retired colonel in the Syrian army who knew Aboultaif, a Lebanese Druze who had gone to Syria, received Syrian citizenship and joined the Syrian army.He chose Kamal Aboultaif (who happened to be a member of my extended family) because he could trust him to participate in such a dangerous scheme.The two men heard more about the Israeli plan after they fooled Israeli intelligence into believing they would work with them. Jumblatt openly denounced the scheme by saying that the Druze would not act as a border patrol for the Israeli state.Aboultaif and Kanj were both motivated by patriotism. They had to live under constant threat from the Israelis for the rest of their lives. Their patriotism had saved the political heritage of the Druze community, and, more importantly, preserved Syrian and Lebanese sovereignty. Of course, this is not to say that what is going on in Syria is a Zionist plan.
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