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22.03.2017 - 09: 09

Israel is afraid of breaking "pact" with Putin

Russia supports the Syrian regime, but before she let the Israelis inflict air strikes on targets in Syria - now the Kremlin changed its position, says columnist Die Welt Gil Yaron.

"The Israeli Air Force is not the first strike on a convoy of weapons-grade Lebanese group" Hezbollah "in Syria, however, for the first time since the beginning of the Civil War the representative of the Israeli army officially confirmed the air strike." - said the author of the publication.

According to Yaron, this circumstance prompted him last week: "The system of the Syrian missile fired anti-aircraft missiles from-200 on Israeli bombers Israel in response to the first to apply complex Arrow missile defense, designed to intercept ballistic missiles.".

The Israeli Air Force, explains the author, since the beginning of the civil war in Syria attack weapons convoys "Hezbollah" to "prevent the hands of groups of strategic arms."

"Until now, Russia, the main defender of the Assad regime and indirect ally" Hezbollah ", suffered Israeli airstrikes by the existence of" pact "between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin, - the article says -. However, after the air strikes late last week from Kremlin sounded quite different music that is very concerned about Israel. " The Russian Foreign Ministry, according to the journalist, called for consultations Israel's ambassador to Moscow.

"Russian know how to deal with the Israelis", - rejoiced Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari. He hinted that it could reach the escalation of the situation and Russian forces can use missiles S-300 when the next stroke of the Israeli Air Force.

An expert on Russian-Israeli relations Aleksa Tenzera, "Russian's message is clear: you (the Israelis) do not have to do anything without our express permission."

Tenzer noted in an interview with Die Welt, after victories in Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria, Putin feels that his position strengthened, and appetites are growing. "Russia sends to Syria more military and ensure the realization of their interests in the long term - it is, for example, to expand the naval base in Tartus." It is Israel's concern because in the shadow of Putin's success are gaining ground and are sworn enemies of Israel, Iran and "Hezbollah".

Israel is concerned first and foremost the fact that the Iranians are going to take one of the Syrian Mediterranean port and get the opportunity to bring its Navy in the state of readiness directly off the coast of Israel.

After the air strikes and discontent on the part of Russia, Netanyahu was forced to clarify policy on Israel. "If we see attempts to deliver" Hezbollah "modern weapons, we suppress them," - stated emphatically, Prime Minister, and his words sounded as a warning against Moscow, says the author.

As stated in an interview with the publication of ex-premier adviser on counter-terrorism operations Nitzan Nuriel, he sees great potential for the escalation of Russian-Israeli relations. "Moscow even just for economic reasons, will do everything possible to prevent the collision of the Israeli and Russian arms," ​​- said the expert: Russian weapons systems concede to Israel, and a demonstration of the harm of Russian arms exports.

A source: Inopressa

Author: Gil Yaron | Die Welt

Tags: Israel, Middle East, Syria, Russia, defense, aircraft, Airstrike, air force, Hezbollah, Iran, Politics, International Relations, Middle East war, Analytics