Israel not bound by US-Russian ceasefire deal in Syria: Liberman

… by  Press TV,  Tehran

The Syrian people are tired of being used as geopolitical pawns

[ Editor’s Note: I must admit I was teased a bit with yesterday’s reporting that Israel was on board the south Syria ceasefire. It made practical sense in that, if the others complied and Israel continued on with its usual “we will attack anywhere, any time, for any reason we choose” foreign policy, it would make them look like fools.

Today it seems that they are so used to accepting that role that they see no reason to change. But this does show the public, with a bright spotlight on it, that Israel does have the power to maintain its rogue nation status, even with Russia, which has not said a peep about Israel’s air strikes on the Syrian Army in the south.

When Moscow was silent, that effectively gave Israel the green light to continue. The danger here is that, no matter what kind of peace deal is finally worked out, if Israel does not like it, then it will undermine the deal to its fullest ability, accompanied by silence from the UN Security council’s big military states.

I hope this is pushing the various publics in those states to start demanding answers as to why the free pass for Israel is so consistently applied. Tel Aviv cannot out bribe the Saudis monetarily, so is it blackmail that is the deep well from which Israeli veto power reigns? Inquiring minds would like to know, with me at the head of the lineJim W. Dean ]

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– First published  …  July 10, 2017

Israel has refused to abide by a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia which went into force in southwestern Syria on Sunday, saying it would act to protect its interests.

“Israel reserves its complete freedom of action, regardless of any understandings or developments,” minister of military affairs Avigdor Liberman said on Sunday.

Russia, the US and Jordan have agreed to back a ceasefire in southwestern Syria and to establish a de-escalation zone in Syrian provinces of Dara’a, Suwayda and Quneitra, which borders the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The truce came into force at noon Damascus time (0900 GMT) on Sunday.

The trilateral agreement on cessation of hostilities was announced on Friday after a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart, Donald Trump, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg.

Liberman said Tel Aviv is mulling the understandings reached between Trump and Putin regarding the truce. Israel has cited errant fire to launch several attacks on the Syrian territory, targeting civilians and military positions. Many observers believe militants backed by Israel are behind the fire, giving a pretext to Tel Aviv to attack Syrian military positions.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also commented on the ceasefire on Sunday, saying Israel will carefully monitor the developments in Syria, “while strongly upholding our red lines.”

He cited alleged fears of Iranian or Hezbollah presence in Syria, particularly in the Golan Heights. Netanyahu said the truce must not “enable the establishment of a military presence by Iran and its proxies in Syria in general and in southern Syria in particular.”

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says Tel Aviv and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri militant groups wreaking havoc in the country. Israel regularly hits positions held by the Syrian army in the Golan Heights, describing the attacks as retaliatory. Syria says the raids aim to help Takfiri militants fighting against government forces.

On several occasions, the Syrian army has confiscated Israeli-made arms and military equipment from terrorists fighting the government forces. There are also reports that Israel has been providing medical treatment to the extremists wounded in Syria.

Last month, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed concerns about a spike in contacts between Israeli armed forces and Syria militants in recent months, saying it could lead to escalation and cause harm to UN observers deployed to the Golan Heights.

The Wall Street Journal recently said Israel has been providing Takfiri terrorists in Syria’s Golan Heights with a steady flow of funds and medical supplies.

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  1. Carnaptious  July 11, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Neither international law, nor ceasefire deals, nor common sense, nor the truth shall constrain Israel from pursuing Israel’s interests. In a Haaretz article today, readers will discover that Lyndon Johnson ordered the attack on the USS Liberty, that Israel “accidentally” attacked the ship for a couple of hours in a “fog of war” friendly fire incident, and that no one in Israel with the power to order the attack “was daring and crazy to that extent”. Yes, according to this article, Johnson ordered the attack and Israeli pilots as well as Israeli motor torpedo boats “accidentally” carried out the order. Furthermore, it’s just a “theory” that Israel spies on the US, and it’s anti-Semitic to even think otherwise. Learn this and much more here: http://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page/1.800584

  2. kaho  July 11, 2017 at 6:03 am

    This must be breaking news. Here are details about the agreement reached between Putin, Trump, Lavrov and Tillerson at the G-20 meeting in Hamburg. The report bears the date 11.7.17
    https://de.sputniknews.com/zeitungen/20170711316548463-pentagon-jetzt-in-syrien-legal/
    Important details are detailed here, that I hadn’t seen elsewhere.
    ( Open the link in the Chrome browser to get the report automatically translated s.v.p. )

    • kaho  July 11, 2017 at 6:12 am

      ( Machine translation of the report’s first part)
      Pentagon legalizes its presence in Syria 14:11 11.07.2017 (updated 14:40 11.07.2017)
      Nezavisimaya Gazeta
      The agreement between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Hamburg to set up a de-escalation zone in the south-west of Syria is reminiscent of the Yalta conference in 1945. This is what the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes on Tuesday.

      Just as about 70 years ago against Nazi Germany, US Americans have effectively used diplomatic means without great military efforts to fight the Islamic State (IS), in order to seize the last chance and get the greatest possible geopolitical advantage. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the third participant of the “Big Three”. It was guaranteed that the creation of a new independent state of the Kurds would be postponed indefinitely.

    • kaho  July 11, 2017 at 6:26 am

      (continued)
      The changed position of Washington, which previously insisted uncompromisingly on the retirement of Assad, was already known before the meeting in Hamburg. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Assad would remain, but not for a long time – until the elections. Washington also agreed with the thesis about the territorial integrity of Syria, which clearly pleased Moscow and Ankara. However, not one of the most important allies of the USA in the region: the Kurds, who were faced with the fact that an independent Kurdistan in Syria is not in question. In other words, Washington used the Kurdish factor cynically. This is not a unique case in the big policy.
      Against the backdrop of the agreements between Trump and Putin, the Kurdish question is not so relevant as long as the Kurds do not find a new sponsor from the despair instead of the US and start fighting against all. Numerous defense experts are now looking for traps in the Russian-American memorandum to create a de-escalation zone in the south-west of Syria – in the provinces of Deraa, Kuneitra and Suweida.

    • kaho  July 11, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Sharing responsibility with Russia for the south-west, the Americans left southern Syria under their “jurisdiction”, where they created a strong “military fist” in border areas with Jordan. The East is not part of the armistice zone. In this context, experts conclude that the US generals are planning to take control of the most important areas of Syria and leave Assad only with the areas where his religious community lives – the Alawites. With the provinces of Deraa, Kuneitra and Suweida things look more difficult than expected. As became known, Tillerson insisted on the introduction of a no-flight zone over these areas. But since the Islamists do not have their own air forces, it became clear that this will only result in a ban on the flight of Russian and Syrian airplanes there.

      However, it is not impossible that this proposal was only a diplomatic maneuver. In fact, the Americans have achieved almost everything they wanted. After Russia agreed on the joint control the south-west of Syria, the US has de facto obtained the legality of its troops in Syria. In the future certain powers might be confered to participate in the reconstruction of post-war Syria.

    • kaho  July 11, 2017 at 7:54 am

      What Assad – who did not ask the United States for military help – thinks about this, is not yet known. But in the US it is already said that Putin gave in to Trump in Hamburg, as he was influenced by the unexpected attack with Tomahawk cruise missiles against the Scheirat air base. However, another version also exists, according to which an agreement between the two presidents in Hamburg is of great advantage to Damascus and Moscow. They achieved to combine the efforts of the anti IS campaign with the international coalition. In addition, the issue of the resignation of Assad, whom the majority of the population supports, was relegated to the background. And what’s more, the main actors in the Middle East – the United States of America and Russia – confirmed the territorial integrity of Syria.

  3. JohnZ  July 11, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Multiple EMP bursts over israel, carpet bombing of Tel Aviv, the Dimona plant and its air bases and the destruction of its entire leadership. problem solved.
    No more aid to that nasty miserable little toilet, the money instead used to rebuild Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
    Arrest every member of AIPAC, every U.S. congresscritter who signed the loyalty oath to that hideous little state, charge them with treason, arrest every israeli operative, mossad agent etc and send them packing back to their pig sty.
    Give all the stolen land back to the Palestinians and turn israel into a prison camp. Let THEM starve.

  4. Amelius  July 10, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Someone launched a bottle rocket into Israel’s illegal settlements on Syrian land, and Israel “retaliates” by bombing the sovereign nation of Syria, in a belligerent act of aggression. Pretty typical actually. Repulsive, but typical.

    Israel cannot claim self defense in the Golan Heights, because it’s Syrian territory and those illegal Israeli settlements are condemned by the international community. Just try to imagine the outrage, if the tables were turned and it was Israel being illegally occupied and bombed by its neighbors.

    That being said, international law allows Syria to protect their land from the illegal occupiers by any means necessary. If Syria decided to bomb the illegal Israeli settlements, it would be the fault of the Israeli government.

  5. Eduardo  July 10, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Fully agree Gary. There is only one solution: STOP ALL WARS AND BS – NOW!
    On the other side we see Trump sell inferior Jewish arms to Poland for $14 Billion, Putin says Trump is a nice fellow and likes him better in reality then on TV and Ivanka got a job at the G20. In the meantime the American Airforce stretches it inflated muscles in the Chinese sea and the “world” at G20 seems to be upset that the evil North Koreans were not even mentioned by the “Outcast American President”. Al Queida has now joined officially the western terrorists. The Muppet show at its best and far beyond sanity.
    The “Ground hog circus” continues and the one waiting for the fat lady to sing will be very disappointed.

  6. mylomorph  July 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    is the HOLOCAUST just a ROADMAP to the SIX MILLION people the ISRAELI MAFIA will KILL in the future.peace and justice for ALL. mylo

  7. mylomorph  July 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    ISRAEL
    WANTS the GOLAN OIL .if he gets it “FAN”.
    so it puts pressure on lots of FRONTS in order to make a DEAL to stop if he GETS the GOLAN. just like HANOI JOHN ALL TRAITORS.
    YOU’VE LET THIS HAPPEN . THEY WILL TAKE THIS WORLD TO WAR
    JUST TO MAKE A BUCK.. they will run to their DUMB’S but i now baptise
    the DUMBUSTER do you think CHINA or RUSSIA WILL LET YOU GET AWAY WITH IT. PEACE AND JUSTICE FOR ALL .mylo

  8. Gary Kraut  July 10, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    LOL. How can Israel be bound by anything? They are on par with God and have proven this on various occasions, and it better sinks in. Their people in DC, London, Brussels and TA run the whole caboodle. We should no longer get involved talking about BS like ceasefires, no fly zones, free public toilets or whatever, but only about HOW TO STOP THE WAR – the whole war, and all wars. EVERYTHING ELSE is a lie. Surely, we will quickly realize that we can not get anywhere, that we will change nothing. BUT THEN AT LEAST WE KNOW. Then, at least, hopefully, we got to come up with new ideas and approaches. No more compromises. The Jews know we love to endlessly go yakety yak on side-issues and sub-side-issues, for years. If, however, we come to the conclution that we are a gone goose, then so be it. Maybe we then wake up a bit more.

  9. Chris Paul  July 10, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    “Israel cannot out bribe Saudi Arabia”. Ho ho. Who owns Israel?

  10. davor  July 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Israel Israel über alles, über alles in der welt..

  11. mb.  July 10, 2017 at 10:08 am

    A ceasefire deal with the US ? How crazy …..

  12. wjabbe  July 10, 2017 at 9:21 am

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/07/report-russia-us-agree-syria-ceasefire-trump-putin-meet/
    “Rex Tillerson: ‘No Long-Term Role for The Assad Family or the Assad Regime’”
    Here is a “Assad Must Go” article by Tillerson. These thugs are not through yet.

    • mb.  July 10, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Be interesting when the Syrian people will start to see who caused the most damage in their country.

    • kaho  July 10, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      At Breitbart Tillerson was quoted as saying « We think it will be difficult for [Syria] to attract both the humanitarian aid, as well as the reconstruction assistance that’s going to be required, because there just will be such a low level of confidence in the Assad government. »
      I suppose T means that Syria will be rebuilt by American companies and investors (or Western ones). But what if Chinese investors were to show an equal amount of interest in the rebuilding of Syria? It is easy to understand why the present Syrian president would not have much confidence in Western politicians, even after the return of peace. But with an Asian business model things might take a different turn. That is not to say that T will not come out on top. Nevertheless, his voice is not the only voice that will affect the outcome.

    • Eduardo  July 10, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      How about removing oily Tillerson and send him and his tribe to Guantánamo for Terrorism? He is an American politician is he not? Above the law? Ok then. Keep going land of the free and imprison and destroy the rest of the rogue Nations that are still seeking freedom.

  13. Cold Wind  July 10, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I don’t think we’ll have to wait long before Israel proves who the ‘boss’ is. Anyway, with the ceasefire as a cover, the US will double down on fortifications for its bases in S.W. Syria, especially expanding its air support capabilities near al Tanf. The US has already announced, through various channels, it’s not leaving Syria–effectively dividing Syria into a US (i.e. Israeli) controlled region and something else. Has anybody noticed that Assad was treated by the Russians as a non-person at the ceasefire talks? Assad’s views? Not important. By acceding to Syria’s balkanization, Putin has found a way to appease the Israelis. Yes, Israel still has a green light.

    • Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor  July 10, 2017 at 8:51 am

      But this would allow Syria to move forces toward the western border war, and the Deir Ezzor final battle, where getting control of the South Raqqa oil fields is still up for grabs. Neither the Kurds or SAA are moving into the area, which indicates an agreement. But the Kurds are taking control of the main roads just south of the Euphrates for not only their own advance on Deir Ezzor, but also to defend what they control in Raqqa. With the US bases spreading in their area, and US troops openly engaged in combat with them, we sure as hell have boots on the ground now, and I suspect a good number of contractors.

  14. kaho  July 10, 2017 at 8:22 am

    It is not very easy to envision exactly how these de-escalation zones will function in practice. Apparently one of the difficulties with the US-Russian brokered cease fire for Southern Syria, is that Israel is not willing to let Russia monitor the cease fire, but will only accept US troops as the monitors :
    http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/israel-opposes-russian-role-us-russian-brokered-cease-fire-southern-syria/ri20321
    « One of Israel’s main concerns is how the cease-fire would be enforced in areas near the Israeli and Jordanian borders and who would be responsible for enforcing it.
    A senior Israeli official said Russia has proposed that its army handle the job in southern Syria. But Israel vehemently opposes this idea and has made that clear to the Americans, he said.
    Israel would prefer to have American troops enforce the cease-fire in southern Syria. The Trump Administration is considering this idea, but hasn’t yet decided. »

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