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Israel, Iran and the war for Syria

14 Febrero 2018, 05:43 | Crisanna Felipe

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During the reprisal raid, one of the eight Israeli F-16 fighter jets that took part in the operation was apparently hit by a Syrian anti-aircraft missile and crashed. Loss of F-16 was confirmed by Israeli authorities.

Security Cabinet Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio the Iranian drone was modelled on the US RQ-170 drone that was downed in Iran in 2011.

Friday night, a drone, apparently modeled on a US drone that fell into Iran's hands, intruded briefly into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights, and was shot down by an Apache helicopter. The Pentagon has said IS fighters have been cleared from more than 98 per cent of the territory they held at their peak in 2014 and 2015.

"We do not confirm any reports coming from Israel because Israelis are liars". Col. Jonathan Conricus said the drone "was detected long before crossing Israeli territory".

"Is Iran's reliance on Syria already a fact on the ground", the defense minister was asked by one of the journalists, and replied, "We will talk less and do what is necessary, and you will continue to deal with the interpretation".

"The Zionist regime does not have any other capability as it is domestically grappling with legitimacy and identity crises and the military capabilities of the regime was the only thing they were proud of which was seriously doubted in recent events of the region in two cases", reiterated the Iranian diplomat.

At 8:45 a.m., the IDF launched a "large-scale attack" against "the Syrian aerial defense array and additional Iranian targets in Syria". Brigadier General Hossein Salami of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps said his forces could create "hell for the Zionists", while the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern that Israeli involvement could throw the fragile Syrian peace process into jeopardy. In Iran, calls for Israel's destruction are routine, and support for militant groups in Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip intentionally challenges Israel's security.

As the dust begins to settle after a weekend in which Israel "defended" itself over another country's sovereign territory, a region in risky flux is just that little bit more unstable.

Nonetheless, Russia appears to be the sole country capable of playing the role of mediator, as Moscow has warm ties with both Iran and Israel.

Said, Liberman, "They don't ask us for advice, and far be it from me to give them advice on how to run their security and foreign policies, but we are certainly quite satisfied by the back-up given to Israel from the United States". Perhaps Turkey received mixed signals from Syria-and its allies in Iran and Russia-about the Kurdish problem? Both Turkey and Iran are anxious due to their Kurdish minorities, which have argued for independence in decades past.

The weekend also suggests Russian Federation is now an essential arbiter in the region where nobody considers Syria's borders anything other than lines on a map, and preparations for a war on Iran progress.

Moreover, capitulation to Israel's policy would have repercussions for Hezbollah and Iran's ability to embolden its ally.

In 2003 I wrote a column in the run-up to the USA toppling of Saddam Hussein, which I supported, in which I warned: "The first rule of any Iraq invasion is the pottery store rule: You break it, you own it".

"The Iranian forces can destroy all American bases across the region by launching attacks from inside the country..." Now the Syrian regime is dependent on Iran for its survival. Before Saturday's crash, the Tel Aviv regime had not lost a warplane in 35 years - since the first Israeli war on Lebanon, in 1982.

"Today's developments mean the old equations have categorically ended", a Hezbollah statement read.



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