By Friday morning the empty bravado ended as Syria’s allies have stopped their reports of an alleged Israeli airstrike. – This may be to protect the Syrian alliance from embarrassment, having not used the advanced S-300, admitting what was destroyed during attack or by explaining the reported 34 Iranians eliminated in Kiswah.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
On Thursday night social media accounts that follow Syria lit up with reports of airstrikes south of Damascus. SANA, the Damascus state media, claimed that “air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army responded to an aggression on the southern region” and had prevented the attack from achieving objectives. Continue Reading »
In a well recieved interview with a Russian newspaper, Israel’s defense minister explains the ‘special relationship’ and ‘open, transparent discourse’ Jerusalem has with Moscow, articulating why that should lead to consideration of Israeli interests.
• Lieberman affirmed Israel’s decision to retaliate forcefully should the Russian S-300 systems in Syria be deployed against Israeli jets.
By Itay Blumenthal
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman lauded in an interview with a Russian newspaper published Thursday the “special relationship” Israel had forged with Russia, adding he expected Russia’s “understanding and support of our vital interests in the Middle East.”
“Our relations with Russia are normal and we take into account its interests. Continue Reading »
Jerusalem continues to consider its options with Russia, like abandoning its neutrality on Ukraine and sending low-level representative to WWII celebration, but one Israeli expert suggests the Jewish State needs to play its cards very carefully.
By Gedalyah Reback
Yesterday, it was announced that Israel would be represented by its ambassador in Moscow at Russia’s annual World War II victory parade. It does not sound like such a remarkable thing, but this is an event that often draws major dignitaries – Russia did capture Berlin, after all. Israel has sent major representatives to the event in the past, but this year’s lack of a Prime Minister, President or minister of note is likely a clear repudiation of Russia’s decision to resell the S-300 missile system to the Iranians. Continue Reading »
—– SPECIAL SECURITY REPORT —–
REPORT: Israel Air Force strikes allegedly targeted S-300 missile launchers en route to Hezbollah near Damascus airport, in Dimas & near Lebanese border.
Syrian state television said on Sunday that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon.
Alleged IDF bombing of targets in Syria. – Photo: ARAB SOCIAL MEDIA
“The Israeli enemy committed aggression against Syria by targeting two safe areas in Damascus province, in all of Dimas and near the Damascus International Airport,” state television said, adding that there were no casualties. Continue Reading »