Tue Sep 25th, 2018 at 08:27:32 AM EST
See my diary one week ago - Fucking Israelis Stirring Up Big Trouble.
Israelis have been left out of the loop by the Americans in the war effort in Syria. The diplomatic effort is now in the hands of three major players Turkey, Russia and Iran.
Here's what happened in the last 24 hours above Latakia ...
Russia Reports Il-20M "Coot-A" Electronic Intelligence Aircraft Lost in Syria During Israeli Air Strike Near Latakia | The Aviationist |
A Russian military Ilyushin Il-20M Coot-A spyplane has been reported as "down" at approximately 2300 local time (2000 GMT) on Monday Sept. 17, in the Mediterranean Sea off the Syrian coast. There were 14 crewmembers on board the aircraft according to multiple reports.
What happened after the Russian Ministry of Defense investigated the incident and loss of Russian lives ...
○ 3D Reconstruction of Il-20 Downing in Syria, Released by Russian MoD
After report by Russian MoD on investigation Israeli strike on Latakia, president Putin will take appropriate measures ...
○ Russia Capable of Denying Israel Access to Syrian Airspace | Sputnik News |
○ S-300 missile system: Russia to upgrade Syrian air defences | BBC News |
This is a BIG game changer for the region as the hands of the Israeli Air Force will be tied for the first time ever. The war of words with the US has started immediately. Nice confrontation later this week in New York at the United Nations General Assembly. Get the popcorn ready ...
Netanyahu indicated to Putin: 'We'll destroy your missiles if you deliver them to Assad' | Times of Israel - May 2013 |
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted during his recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel would destroy Syrian S-300 missiles before they became fully operational, Maariv cited Middle Eastern diplomats. The reported threat underlined how firmly Israel has sought to pressure Russia to cancel the deal, apparently with some success.
According to the report, during the meeting between the heads of state earlier this month in the Black Sea city of Sochi, Netanyahu called on Putin to cancel Russia's transfer of the sophisticated anti-aircraft system to Syrian President Bashar Assad, and indicated that, should the delivery go ahead, Israel would strike the missiles before they became operational.
○ Chabad, Vekselberg, Putin and the Schneerson Library
Putin has worked in unison with Netanyahu across many issues where the interest of both nations were aligned. Ukraine is just one of many foreign policy issues. Israel has clearly crossed Russia's red line by causing the deaths of 15 select military reconnaissance specialists. Putin seeks to reconfirm its hold on their military foothold in the Middle East. An opportunity offered by the West and now by the arrogance of PM Netanyahu. A power play of leading nations.
○ New Fascist Pariah States America and Israel Lashing Out
Bolton: Russian missile system sale to Syria a 'significant escalation' | The Hill |
National security adviser John Bolton warned Monday that a Russian delivery of a missile defense system to the Syrian government is a substantial escalation.
"We think introducing the S-300s [missile defense systems] to the Syrian government would be a significant escalation by the Russians and something that we hope, if these press reports are accurate, they would reconsider," Bolton said, according to The Associated Press.
Russia blamed the incident on "misleading information" from the Israeli air force.
Russian military spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that Israeli command warned on the day of the incident that it would strike the "north of Syria," according to Agence France-Presse.
Konashenkov said Russia ordered its plane to return to its base, but "one minute" after the call, Israeli F-16s struck targets in western Syria, according to the news service.
Israel has issued a full-throated denial of the accusation.
"We have American forces that we're concerned about," Bolton said Monday. "The Israelis have a legitimate right to self-defense against this Iranian aggressive behavior, and what we're all trying to do is reduce tensions, reduce the possibility of major new hostilities."
"That's why the president has spoken to this issue and why we would regard introducing the S-300 as a major mistake," he added.
○ Syrian Civil War - Endgame In Idlib?
The Putin-Netanyahu Bromance | Counterpunch - Feb. 2017 |
"I know what America is. America is a thing that can be easily moved, moved in the right direction. They will not bother us. Let's suppose that they will say something... so they say it? Eighty per cent of the Americans support us... We have such support there!"
-- BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, speaking to a group of Jewish settlers in Ofra, Occupied Palestine, 2001, translated from the Hebrew.
○ Trump Meets Putin (July 2018)
Related reading ...
○ Lavrov: After US-led strikes, Russia has 'no moral barriers' on S-300 deliveries to Syria | RT - April 2018 |
○ Netanyahu to tell Putin: Iran trying to turn Lebanon into 'missile factory' | JPost - Jan. 2018 |
○ Saudi Arabia and Israel issue twin warnings on Iran | JPost - Feb. 2017 |