Syrian Opposition Denies Link to Activist Who Spoke at Israeli Conference

alestinian youths flash V-signs while they hold Syrian flags during a pro-Syrian demonstration November 18, 2005 in Gaza City, Gaza Strip.
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The Jerusalem Post reports: The Syrian opposition has formally officially disavowed the person who addressed the Herzliya Conference that took place last week, claiming to speak on behalf of the Syrian opposition.

The man, Essam Zaytoon, presented himself as the “Spokesman of the Southern Front’s Foreign Relation Office.” The Southern Front is a rebel faction operating under the umbrella of the biggest Syrian opposition organization, the Free Syrian Army.

In an interview with the Israeli TV channel i24 that was broadcast live at the conference, Zaytoon said that his participation in the conference is ” proof that the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian opposition still exists.”

In a statement issued on Saturday, the deputy chairman of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Samira Musalama, denounced Zaytoon’s participation in the conference, emphasizing that he “does not represent the Syrian revolution.”

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