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20.03.2017 - 22: 53

Netanyahu has become Putin's "test"

Confronting Israeli "Bolsheviks" with the Iranian mullahs.

Incident 17 March, when the Israeli Air Force attacked several targets in Syria and were fired upon by anti-aircraft missiles, caused increased interest from experts. Israeli Transport and Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said that the aim of the air force strike in Syria was a convoy that transported a batch of weapons to the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, which is fighting in Syria against IGIL (an organization whose activities are banned in the Russian Federation). In Damascus, they insist that the Israelis bombed Syrian army facilities in the Palmyra area and say that anti-aircraft gunners managed to shoot down a plane that participated in the raid, but they deny losses in Tel Aviv.

Usually the Israeli military does not comment on information about military strikes against objects in Syria. But this time followed the statement of Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman against Damascus, in which he threatened to destroy Syrian air defense batteries if they were to be used against the Air Force of the Jewish state. According to him, "there can not be a compromise in this matter." At once we will notice, that it is far not the first incident provoked by Israel concerning Syria. Only for 2016 year the forces of Israel inflicted about 20 blows on the objects of the Syrian army and Hezbollah. Earlier, the Israeli Air Force attacked the outskirts of Damascus, however, from the airspace of Lebanon without entering Syria's airspace. Just like now, even then, Israel's explanations are sewn with "white thread", since the reasons publicly indicated to them look very unconvincing. "Hezbollah" is unlikely to have prepared and is preparing any armed action against Israel from the territory of Syria.

But there are reasons not public. Israel is well aware that Russian military aircraft operate in the Syrian land. This is how certain plots of the international intrigue that are being created appear: Israel, like Turkey, strikes the territory of a neighboring independent state in military structures that it considers terrorist. This is the first. The second. Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited Moscow. After that, some Middle Eastern media reported that allegedly "within the framework of the strategic partnership, Netanyahu has signed an unspoken agreement with Moscow, allowing the Israeli Air Force from time to time to deliver air strikes against the positions of" terrorists "in Syria," and "Russia will remain silent , which can mean: such Israeli air strikes have been coordinated with Moscow. " It was also reported that Netanyahu expressed Russian President Vladimir Putin's concern "the prospect of the appearance of the Iranian military near the Golan Heights" that "Iran's permanent military presence in Syria contradicts the interests of the countries of the region, it will prevent a peaceful settlement." Israel's actions were presented as a warning to Iran. Earlier, during the visit of the Israeli Prime Minister to Moscow in September of 2015, the parties reached an agreement according to which Tel Aviv always informs Russia when its Air Force intends to conduct an operation in the Syrian airspace. From this follows the conclusion: the incident 17 March was a "testing" of Moscow. Did not work out. As the Russian Foreign Ministry reported, the new Israeli ambassador to Moscow, Harry Koren, was summoned to Smolenskaya Square, where Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov discussed the incident with the Israeli plenipotentiary.

In addition, the Iranian Foreign Ministry urged the UN to condemn the actions of the Israeli Air Force in Syria, accusing Tel Aviv of being interested in strengthening terrorism. As the official representative of the Iranian foreign ministry, Bahram Gasemi, "we call on the UN to condemn this obvious aggression and make every effort to prevent the repetition of such provocative actions that create a security threat." It is hard to say whether this call to the UN is heard. However, the armed incidents provoked by Israel on the territory of Syria reveal some peculiarities of the situation that is developing in the Middle East. Apparently, Israel can not get used to the factor of not only the appearance, but also the strengthening of Russia's influence in the Middle East, where until recently the United States dominated. Then Tel-Aviv together with Washington participated in the development and practical implementation of certain geopolitical projects in the region, in particular with regard to the actualization of the Kurdish problem. At the same time, when in addition to the traditional opponents of Israel - Hezbollah and Hamas - the IGIL (an organization banned in the Russian Federation) appeared in the region, and then the Six signed a nuclear agreement with Tehran, the situation in the region began to radically change. Attempts by Israel, which found itself in any situation in the "between" position, to block this process through Washington and Moscow did not lead to success. Objectively, the situation has been brought to the point that the threats from the IGIL (the organization whose activities are banned in Russia), the Hezbollah factor in Syria and the strengthening of Iran's influence there, and the "opportunistic" policy of Turkey, have merged into a single common threat in the eyes of Israeli politicians. During the presidency of Barack Obama, Tel Aviv began to lean towards Russia.

As previously commentedA REGNUM, and now the Israeli editor of the leading US edition in Russian, ForumDaily, journalist and expert Shimon Briman, openly stated this in an interview to the Azerbaijani portal Haqqin.az. "There was a paradoxical situation: thanks to an alliance with Russia, Israel in the issue of Syria became an unwitting ally of its sworn enemies - Iran and Hezbollah. Such a combination of Israeli politicians could not dream even in the most nightmarish political dream. The situation is aggravated by the fact that the position of the new US administration regarding the nuclear deal with Iran is unclear, although the EU supports the agreement. But Israeli Defense Minister Lieberman, stating that "the main enemy of moderate Arab countries is not Israel, but Iran", suggests today Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab countries to create a military alliance following NATO's example. As for Iran, according to international experts, it adheres to the terms of the nuclear deal concluded in 2015, despite the tough rhetoric of the new American president. In general, it can not be excluded that Trump will return to the policies of his predecessor Obama and will continue to try to conclude another deal with Tehran.

If we recall that presidential elections are to be held in Iran in May, that the incumbent president of Ruhani is going for a second term, Israel's desire to drive a wedge in the relations between Russia and Iran on the Syrian direction acquires some certainty. Even if in the future Tel Aviv will have to negotiate with Tehran, he would prefer to do this with US mediation efforts in an alliance with some Arab countries, rather than Moscow, which could potentially influence Iran through Hezbollah, assuming the role guarantor. According to Eiland, the former adviser to the Israeli Prime Minister for National Security, "Russia's participation in the alliance of Iran, Syria and Lebanese Hezbollah can defuse the confrontation of this" Shia axis "with Israel." But would such a course of events suit the head of the Israeli government, Netanyahu, or his defense minister, Lieberman, who demonstrates "examples of Bolshevik thinking."

A source: A REGNUM

Author: Stanislav Tarasov

Tags: Israel, the Middle East, Air Force, Aircraft, War in the Middle East, Syria, Russia, Politics, Research, Iran