Raised Israel-Russia tension is not the only troubling aspect of strike in Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad inspects the Russian Hmeimim air base in the province of Latakia, Syria, June 27, 2017 (Syrian Presidency via AP, File)

Syrian President Bashar Assad inspects the Russian Hmeimim air base in the province of Latakia, Syria, June 27, 2017 (Syrian Presidency via AP, File)

The Latakia area is normally considered off-limits by Israel. The target of Monday’s attack there, which led to Syria’s downing of a Russian plane, must have been highly important


(SOURCE)    The overnight air strike by Israel in Syria was just one of hundreds of such attacks over the past year — most of them attributed, but few of them acknowledged, by Israel. Nonetheless, there were several highly unusual aspects to it — not least, of course, the accompanying downing of a Russian military plane, with 15 crew, by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles.

This Syrian strike on the Russian plane, as a side-effect of the Israeli strike, is producing considerable tension between Moscow and Jerusalem, despite the security coordination that has hitherto been maintained between Israel and Russia in the Syrian context.

On Tuesday afternoon, Russia summoned Israel’s ambassador to Moscow to its foreign ministry for clarifications. Earlier, Russia stated that the incident constituted deliberate provocation by Israel, which endangered Russian lines, and that Moscow reserved the right to respond. In response, in a very rare turn of events, Israel acknowledged the strike, expressed sorrow over the loss of Russian lives, made plain that it blamed Syria for the downing of the Russian plane, and gave details of what had played out.

The escalated friction in Israel-Russia ties, however, is not the only unusual aspect of this attack. The location of the targets that were struck was also out of the ordinary — and, again, this is because of the Russian connection.

The port city of Latakia is considered to be Syria’s main port city, the center of Bashar Assad’s Alawite Islamic sect, and a symbol of the survival of the Assad regime. Beyond this, however, it is also marked by a significant Russian presence.

The Russian air base Hmeimim, which is considered the most important in the country, is located nearby, to the south. Russia maintains several rings of protective anti-aircraft missile defenses around the base. This area was adjacent to the targets struck overnight.

Russia’s main naval base in Syria may be located at Tartus, a few dozen miles further south, but Russian ships do use Latakia from time to time, as a kind of secondary port. Until now, the whole area had been considered almost extra-territorial by Israel, essentially off-limits, because of the Russian presence. There may have been an occasional strike in recent years, but if so, it barely figured in international, Arab or, indeed, Israeli media reports.

Explosions seen in the Syrian city of Latakia after an attack on a military facility nearby on September 17, 2018. (Screen capture: Twitter)

Therefore, for Israel to have struck at targets in Latakia, the targets must have been critical. And indeed, the IDF, in its Tuesday statement, specified that the target was a Syrian military facility that manufactured “accurate and lethal weapons,” which were “about to be transferred, on behalf of Iran, to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

Syria, for its part, said the target struck was a subsidiary of its defense ministry, known as the Organization for Technical Industries, which has suspected ties to the country’s chemical weapons and missile programs. “These weapons were meant to attack Israel, and posed an intolerable threat against it,” the army said.

Latakia has in the past been a focus of Syrian military activity. It was through Latakia, notably, that Assad imported components that were used in the construction of Syria’s Al-Kabir nuclear reactor at Deir ez-Zour, which was destroyed by Israel in 2007.

Unusual, too, was the very nature of the strike, at least according to initial information. First reports suggested that planes or unmanned drones had carried out the attack. Soon after, there were reports that it was carried out from the sea.

Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed that a French destroyer even fired missiles in the course of the attack, though the French denied any involvement. Later, Russia said the strike was carried out by four Israel F-16s.

What is clear is that Syria’s anti-aircraft defenses responded with heavy fire — even if there were no actual targets, such as Israeli planes, in the area. Said the IDF: “The Syrian anti-air batteries fired indiscriminately and, from what we understand, did not bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air.”

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5 thoughts on “Raised Israel-Russia tension is not the only troubling aspect of strike in Syria

    • Thanks for your question Jim!

      The tensions in the Middle East between the nations surrounding Israel and Israel continue to escalate, and the situation seems to be deteriorating rapidly. We must continue to keep an eye on Israel. Today is the holiest day of the year for the Jews, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and they have already had a Palestinian attempt a terror attack!

      God bless! Maranatha!

      • Just learned that Putin wasn’t mad at the Israel, he didn’t pointed the finger at Israel.

        Another topic I want to mention something, are you aware of G5? Conspiracy theories believe G5 is very dangerous health to the human. United Nation and Top Tech Giants knew about G5 are very bad and they don’t care!!!!!! Something about Smart Cities.

        And did you hear about FBI and 2 Black Helicopters at New Mexico? Happened last week. They discovered about the Sun. Perhaps, UFO, or something strange going on.

        Jim

      • Thanks for your comment Jim!

        Putin said that he didn’t blame Israel, but I just now read an article in which the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv severely criticized Israel for the downing of the Russian plane! I am posting the article now. And even though Putin may not have blamed Israel he did tell Netanyahu that it must not occur again, to me this is the same thing as blaming Israel.

        I have heard of G5, but I don’t know that much about it other than it is a more advanced form of wireless technology. I read an article which said that companies are working on this system to ensure that G5 is available to all by the year 2020! Isn’t that fascinating. The year 2020 keeps coming up in all sorts of arenas, Real ID included. Sounds like we are not too far off from the beginning of the Tribulation period my friend!

        That is very strange about the black helicopters and the alien looking object very close to the Sun. What in the world?! I’m telling you, there are some very strange things going on lately, things which make absolutely no sense at all. If it is some sort of UFO, I don’t believe that it actually is an alien but demonic in nature. The whole thing is very creepy.

        God bless! Maranatha!

      • Hi Gordon. Good to hear from your comment. I agree with you about Putin.

        Yes it is ODD about G5 is available to all by the year 2020. Think about it, Real ID and ID2020. By the way, did you hear about Amazon will opening 3,000 stores with CASHLESS in 2021? I strongly believe that this Amazon stores will having customers with the CHIPS. Recently USA Today have said that we will be chipped. What do they know what we don’t know? I personally believe Americans will be forced with the chips in near future. Sadly many thought it is great having a microchip implant, they are BLIND.

        I believe in UFO. I don’t believe green monster, I believe it are demonic or fallen angels. Conspiracy theories believe that UFO bases are at the Moon or Mar. I’m still curious why the FBI are investigation at the New Mexico? What did they saw? I hope we will hear the leak soon.

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