Russia warns of ‘dangerous escalation’ after Israeli airstrikes in Syria

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The remains of an F-16 Israeli war plane are seen near the Israeli village of Harduf, February 10, 2018. REUTERS/ Ronen Zvulun

… from Press TV, Tehran

What is really going on between these two? Is Bibi feeding Putin US Intel to keep him quiet on the continued Syrian airstrikes?

[ Editor’s Note: Russia has always handled Israel with kid gloves despite all the nasty things Bibi was doing in Syria. Moscow made no public effort to embarrass the Zionist active support for the terror war in Syria.

Putin repeated many times that the Russia air defense power was brought into Syria to protect the Russian bases and personnel, a hint to the US coalition that their planes could become targets if they attacked Russian troops.

That is a hazy red line as Russia, taking after others, has used private military contractors (PMCs) to add backbone to some of the Syrian militia units like the one bombed last week in Deir Ezzor province. Moscow’s attacking Russian “troops” was not crossed, but the US showed it would kill these PMCs now.

So why did the US pull this escalation? The most obvious reason is it wants Russia to respond militarily, like taking down a US coalition plane or bombing SDF positions with US advisers embedded with them.

The NeoCons would then have their Russian Red Herring on the hook, and the US could then pour more military resources into Syria to defend against Russian attacks. And yes, the NeoCons do think the public is dumbed down enough to buy this, and that those who don’t would lose the vote.

VT has confirmed via its Syrian sources that Russian military contractors were killed in the Deir Ezzor US attack

Any “payback” would have to be done indirectly so as to not serve your own head on a platter to your adversary. We were suspicious of this yesterday when the Russian airliner came down a day after the Israelis lost their F-16 and had their second attack broken up due to Russian electronic warfare measures.

I would suspect that that capacity was deployed in response to its SU-25 being shot down, and the Deir Ezzor attack, which by the way is still a hazy issue as the US claims the Russians were informed of the attack before and after. And Russia’s first response used the term “regretful”,…a weak one indeed if Russian PMCs were killed.

It could also have been muted so as to not hint of anything they might due, like the Russian comman finally using its electronic warfare against the Israelis. This could get worse before it gets better, and the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister is saying so below, in plain EnglishJim W. Dean ]

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov

– First published … February 12, 2018

A senior Russian official has warned against further escalation in the Middle East after Israel carried out an airstrike in Syria, only to have one of its F-16s shot down for the first time.   

Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov also said Monday Russia, Turkey and Iran have discussed a possible meeting of their foreign ministers on Syria, which could be held in Kazakhstan’s Astana in March.

“We call on everyone to be calm, to prevent a very dangerous escalation in countries of the region,” RIA Novosti quoted Bogdanov as saying.

Following the Israeli airstrike, President Vladimir Putin on Saturday asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during phone talks to avoid moves that could lead to “a new round of dangerous consequences for the region.”

The official announcement by the Russian Foreign Ministry objected to the violation of Syrian sovereignty and totally ignored Tel Aviv’s claims that it had responded to the infiltration of an Iranian drone into Israeli airspace.

The Russians are also concerned about the proximity of the Israeli bombings to sites where their soldiers and advisers are serving, including base T-4 near Palmyra.

Israel claims it bombed a post controlled by Iran near T-4 from which the anti-aircraft missile was fired and downed its jet.

Bogdanov said Russia has no information about Iran having a military base near Palmyra. “No, I do not have such information,” Bogdanov told reporters when asked whether Moscow was aware of such a post.

Israel released a grainy footage allegedly showing the downing of an Iranian drone by an Israeli attack helicopter and the subsequent airstrike on the Syrian soil.

Tehran has dismissed the allegations as “ridiculous,” while Damascus has said the Syrian army had launched the drone to track down Daesh terrorists when an Israeli helicopter violated its airspace and shot it down.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday the Islamic Republic has only an “advisory, not a military presence” in Syria.

On Sunday, Aida Touma-Sliman, an Israeli lawmaker, said Netanyahu was seeking to instigate a regional war to deflect attention from an ongoing investigation into his suspicious corrupt practices.

“Netanyahu is willing to instigate a regional war in which the peoples of the region will pay a heavy price just for his political survival,” she warned.

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  1. This is all the result of the world not standing up to bullies in Israel a long time ago. The more you tolerate a bully the worse it gets. Surely many citizens of Israel also do not approve of this move to start WWIII over a trivial incident which is all likely another lie anyway. But they remain silent too for the most part. Yet they have the most to lose if WWIII begins because they are so small and would require very little to demolish. If WWIII should begin no nation will be immune this time especially the most hated U.S. and Israel. These two have engendered so much anger and hate against themselves many countries would love to take a shot at them just for spite. The most terrifying part is the ignorance of our Congress and President to the consequences of a nuclear world war today.

    • The pattern of “abuse” is what is happening. Which is why I call it 9/11 a “bltch slap” . . .
      The symptoms of abuse are . . . it starts off with a push, then comes to shove . . . then a full out a$$ whopping.
      King David Hotel — push
      U.S.S. Liberty — shove
      9/11 — full out bltch slap. They did it because they could.
      At least in “domestic abuse” the police are well-aware of this now. In the olden daze, their attitude was “Ah, she probably had it coming” and domestic abusers got away with it.
      See the parallels?

  2. Interesting analysis from Elijah J. Magnier. I suppose Syria firing missiles into the Golan, which is its sovereign land, is not legally attacking Israel. Nice move if true. These are a couple of sample paras

    “The Syrian command and its allies have decided to impose a new rule of engagement on Israel: for every violation of Syria’s airspace, Damascus will fire dozens of missiles above the Israeli inhabited areas along the Golan Heights. The intention is not to hit a specific target but to make sure no Israeli on the borders and within range of the fired missiles will live in peace. They will be in the shelter, and this will happen every time the Israeli air force violates Syrian sovereignty”, according to the well informed sources.
    ……………………………………………………………….
    Israel played a losing card in insisting on this futile policy in Syria. An Israeli jet was shot down for the first time in 36 years, allowing President Assad and his allies to collect a victory and regain prestige in the Middle Eastern streets. Israel did not understand that it could no longer achieve its goals in Syria, that the variety of options had shrunk, and that the policy of intimidation – which Israel cannot abandon – far from helping, only strengthens its enemies, Assad, Hezbollah and Iran.

    https://elijahjm.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/when-red-lines-are-crossed-in-syria-expect-israel-to-be-shaken/

    • Thank you for the link to Magnier’s article! I have heard of him before, and know that he is a highly respected news communicator. His explanations in the quoted article are highly credible because of their consistency with the facts. One more quote :
      “The Israeli Prime Minister did not understand that the only reason the Russian President seems happy to see his counterpart President Trump in power is that the latter understands little about politics.”