Netanyahu: Russia’s S-300 Defense System Will Not Stop Israel From Bombing Syria

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(MPN— Although undeniably a game-changer within the Syrian battle, the upcoming supply of S-300 air protection programs to the Syrian authorities might threat dangerously escalating the battle. Certainly, current statements from high Israeli and Syrian authorities officers have made it clear that open conflict between the 2 nations might probably ignite within the coming weeks and months not regardless of, however due to, the presence of Syria’s improved and upgraded air protection programs.

The extremely anticipated supply of the S-300 programs to Syria is predicted to happen in a matter of days, a consequence of the downing of a Russian electronic-warfare airplane in Syria earlier this month. Russia has blamed Israel for the airplane’s destruction and the demise of its crew, asserting that the Israeli Air Pressure used the airplane as cowl to bomb Syria. Israel has denied duty for the incident.

On Tuesday, Vladimir Ermakov, an official at Russia’s International Ministry, assured observers of the Syrian battle that the supply of the S-300 would assist Syria to train sovereignty over its airspace by closing its “airspace the place crucial,” and that the defensive weapons would “result in the stabilization of the area.” Ermakov’s feedback got here after U.S. Nationwide Safety Adviser John Bolton warned towards Russia’s supply of the system to Syria, saying it will be a “important escalation” by Moscow.

Ermakov’s statements that the S-300 would have a stabilizing affect on the battle had been adopted by feedback from Syria’s International Minister Faisal Mekdad, who urged Israel to suppose twice earlier than launching additional assaults on targets inside Syrian territory as soon as the S-300 programs are in place. Talking to China’s Xinhua information company, Mekdad stated:

Israel, which bought used to finishing up many assaults below completely different pretexts, must recalculate and rethink earlier than attacking once more. Let the Israelis attempt [to attack] and we are going to defend ourselves as we now have completed earlier than.”

As Mekdad famous, Israel has performed tons of of strikes towards Syrian targets over the course of the conflict and has publicly claimed that it’s attacking “Iranian” navy installations inside Syria, although Iran’s navy involvement within the Syrian battle contains solely a handful of navy advisors slightly than floor troops.

Israel has repeatedly claimed that Iran is looking for to determine a navy foothold in Syria with the intention of putting strain on Israel’s northern border, although Iran and Syrian authorities officers have repeatedly denied this declare. Nonetheless, Israel’s long-standing goal of overthrowing the Syrian authorities led by President Bashar al-Assad and Tel Aviv’s covert funding and arming of Syrian “rebels” counsel that Israel’s motivation for launching the strikes goes far past alleged considerations over Iran’s navy presence.

Israel Sees Improved Syrian Air Protection as a Problem

As a substitute of taking Mekdad’s statements as a plea to rethink its coverage of launching continued, unilateral airstrikes towards Syrian targets, the Israeli authorities has taken them as a problem and has responded defiantly. On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that “we are going to proceed to behave to stop the Iranian navy buildup in Syria,” which means that Israel’s bombing of Syria will proceed unchanged whatever the imminent improve to Syrian air defenses. Netanyahu additional added that “we are going to do what is critical to defend Israel’s safety.”

Previous to Netanyahu’s statements, Israeli Protection Minister Avigdor Lieberman had said on Sunday that the deployment of the S-300s will in no way affect Israel’s coverage of unilaterally bombing Syria. Earlier this 12 months in April, Lieberman had issued not-so-veiled threats by which he stated Israel would “destroy” any and all Syrian missile protection programs if these programs focused Israeli jets in Syrian airspace. Following Lieberman’s feedback, Russia warned Israel towards attacking S-300 installations in the event that they had been deployed, stating that such assaults would seemingly result in a dramatic escalation within the battle.

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Following these feedback from Lieberman and now Netanyahu, Israel appears intent on persevering with on a collision course with the Syrian authorities. That is solely made extra clear by Mekdad’s assertion that Syria will use the extra superior S-300 “to defend ourselves as we now have completed earlier than,” suggesting that the S-300’s imminent deployment is ready to result in elevated battle between Syria and Israel, as a substitute of appearing as a stabilizing affect because the Russian authorities has publicly claimed. Nonetheless, provided that Russia is conscious of the current and previous statements of Israeli authorities officers, their public assertions as to the S-300’s stabilizing affect might have their very own ulterior motive.

As a substitute, the S-300’s superior capabilities might give Israel a pretext for rising its involvement within the Syria’s conflict in addition to rising the involvement of Israel’s major ally, america, which has additionally just lately sought to ratchet up tensions in Syria.

As MintPress famous in a previous report, Israel is unlikely to sit down again and watch Syria turn out to be “untouchable” due to the S-300, given the breadth of its involvement within the battle and its function in conceiving it.

With the U.S.’ unwavering help assured, Israel might really feel comfy taking a threat of sparking a bigger conflict in Syria, understanding that the Individuals will likely back them whatever the penalties. Certainly, U.S. navy commanders have already stated that U.S. troops “are ready to die” to defend Israel, no matter whether or not or not Israel is the navy aggressor in an upcoming battle.

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