An Israeli Arab citizen, who had gone to fight in Syria on his own, was sentenced July 8, 2013, to two and a half years in prison.

Arrested on 19 March coming back from Turkey, Hichmat Masarwa, a 29 year-old baker, acknowledged having illegally undergone military training within "rebels ranks" at the hands of a foreign instructor.

The State of Israel, which actively supports the Contras in Syria, trying to prevent jihadists from taking root among its own population.

At the same time and for the same reasons, the Egyptian Army has decided to tighten border controls for Syrian or other nationals crossing in from Syria. Many other states in the region are expected to follow suit.