Israel must stop ‘spontaneous’ Syria strikes: Russia

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… from Press TV, Tehran

[ Editor’s Note: Russia’s credibility is on the line with its worn out protestation against continued Israeli strikes on Syria, but with it never really doing anything but issuing a statement.

Israel knows the Russians will do nothing, and the IDF went so far as to admit to 1000 airstrikes on Syria, and said it would continue to strike whenever it chose.

Where Israel twisted the knife on Russia, the IDF said the missions were coordinated with the Russian deconfliction command. So we now have to ask if, when the Israelis gave Moscow the location and time of the planned strikes, did its military command inform its coalition partners, Syria and Iran?

As for Idlib province, 1000 violations are now admitted, with the unsaid being that it is better than the mass causalities of a full-scale clean up of the Jihadis there. And where would they go if they were run out of Syria? Who would want them?

It is beginning to look like several parties prefer that they remain where they are, rather then spreading them to the wind. As Gordon does so love to say, “It’s a nasty world.” Jim W. Dean ]

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– First published … January 23, 2019

Russia has urged Israel to stop its “spontaneous” airstrikes on Syria, days after the Israeli military carried out fresh strikes against targets near the Syrian capital, Damascus.


Israel has repeatedly attacked Syrian government positions under the pretext that its attacking Iranian military advisers, who are in the country on a request from President Bashar al-Assad to assist the Syrian Army in their fight against foreign-backed terrorists.

“The practice of spontaneous strikes on the territory of a sovereign state, in this case Syria, must end,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday, according to Russia’s TASS state news agency.

Zakharova (pictured below) said such moves by Tel Aviv only fueled tensions in the region and  harmed the long-term interests of all regional players, including Israel itself.

“We should prevent turning Syria, which has suffered over the past years of the armed conflict, into an arena of settling geopolitical scores,” she added. “And we urge everyone to think about the possible consequences of causing more chaos in the Middle East.”

On Sunday, Syria’s SANA state news agency cited an unnamed military official as saying that the country’s aerial defenses had managed to “thwart” a daylight missile attack by Israeli warplanes against some localities in and around Damascus, including an airport.

Israel mounted another aerial aggression in the early hours of Monday, which SANA said included “land and air strikes … through successive waves of guided missiles.”

The Syrian air defense network was promptly activated and shot down “most” of the “hostile” projectiles before reaching their designated targets, the report said.

Syria wrote letters to the UN, warning that it could use its right to respond in self defense by striking Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport unless the UN Security Council steps in to stop the Tel Aviv regime’s aggression.

Situation in Idlib ‘deteriorating’

Zakharova also raised concerns about the increasing number of violations of an ongoing ceasefire in Syria’s western province of Idlib, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey in September.

“The number of ceasefire violations is increasing. Since the Russian-Turkey memorandum was signed on September 17, more than one thousand such cases were registered with 65 people dead and more than 200 wounded. Thirty ceasefire violations were registered in the last four days,” she said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced in Sochi on September 17 that they had agreed to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Idlib, which would be protected by Turkish and Russian soldiers.

Under the agreement, Russia was tasked with taking the necessary measures to rule out the need for an attack on Idlib by the Syrian government while Turkey pledged to remove anti-government militant groups from the demilitarized zone that was going to be established.

The territory is now almost under full control of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, Zakharova warned.

“Continuing provocations pose a threat to civilians, Syrian military personnel and the Russian Khmeymim air base,” she also said, referring to Russia’s military base in the neighboring Latakia province.


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11 COMMENTS

  1. So where is the “red line” for Israel? If they use nuclear weapons on Damascus or Tehran, will the response be “We can do nothing but complain since anything more will start WW3”?

  2. Isn’t this just a little schizophrenic on the part of V.T. Here’s what I am talking about. Ian is chastising people in the comment section for saying Russia is not doing anything.
    Doesn’t the start of this article state: “[ Editor’s Note: Russia’s credibility is on the line with its worn out protestations of continued Israeli strikes on Syria, but never really does anything about it other than issue a statement.”
    So obviously Ian is also chastising the other editors for suggesting Russian needs to do something?

  3. Clearly you don’t understand the situation at all. The whole point of the Israeli strikes on Syria is to provoke Russia & Iran into responding with military force, thus giving the US an excuse to intervene militarily, which would mean war between the US & Israel on one side and Russia & Iran on the other. No-one with any sense wants that as it would escalate into WW3 and be incredibly destructive for the whole of mankind. This is why the Russians are showing such restraint – they know it’s a trap set for them.

  4. You said you worked with ‘American geniuses’, clearly you’re not one of them. It’s obvious why they haven’t struck back at Israel – the whole point of the Israeli strikes is to provoke them into doing so, then Israel can play the victim and Trump can do as his Jewish masters desire and start a war by intervening militarily to protect poor little Israel.

  5. “Russia has urged Israel to stop its “spontaneous” airstrikes on Syria…”

    Is this like the US urging Israel to show restraint in attacking unarmed Palestinians?

  6. Israel the plague on humanity . Iran is next because Syria is only a testing ground for Israels air force and communications ….

  7. “It’s a nasty world.”… And that’s exactly how the Israeli’s want it to be!
    9/11 was good for Israel……His eminence Bibi said so.

  8. Since the Russia Turkey agreement concerning Idlib, it seems as if, the military progress Syria had gained up to that point is rapidly being reversed. It must be difficult for President Assad to listen to anyone as he watches his people murdered , and his country destroyed.. What we’re witnessing in Syria validates N. Korea’s argument for it’s right to develop defensive nuclear weapons., and the same goes for Iran if it chooses too.

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