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Putin Keeps Cool and Averts WWIII as Israeli-French Gamble in Syria Backfires Spectacularly

Putin Keeps Cool and Averts WWIII as Israeli-French Gamble in Syria Backfires Spectacularly

Authored by Robert Bridge via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


By initiating an attack on the Syrian province of Latakia, home to the Russia-operated Khmeimim Air Base, Israel, France and the United States certainly understood they were flirting with disaster. Yet they went ahead with the operation anyways.

On the pretext that Iran was preparing to deliver a shipment of weapon production systems to Hezbollah in Lebanon, Israeli F-16s, backed by French missile launches in the Mediterranean, destroyed what is alleged to have been a Syrian Army ammunition depot.

What happened next is already well established: a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft, which the Israeli fighter jets had reportedly used for cover, was shot down by an S-200 surface-to-air missile system operated by the Syrian Army. Fifteen Russian servicemen perished in the incident, which could have been avoided had Israel provided more than just one-minute warning before the attack. As a result, chaos ensued.

Whether or not there is any truth to the claim that Iran was preparing to deliver weapon-making systems to Hezbollah in Lebanon is practically a moot point based on flawed logic. Conducting an attack against an ammunition depot in Syria – in the vicinity of Russia’s Khmeimim Air Base – to protect Israel doesn’t make much sense when the consequence of such “protective measures” could have been a conflagration on the scale of World War III. That would have been an unacceptable price to achieve such a limited objective, which could have been better accomplished with the assistance of Russia, as opposed to NATO-member France, for example. In any case, there is a so-called “de-confliction system” in place between Israel and Russia designed to prevent exactly this sort of episode from occurring.

And then there is the matter of the timing of the French-Israeli incursion.

Just hours before Israeli jets pounded the suspect Syrian ammunition storehouse, Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan were in Sochi hammering out the details on a plan to reduce civilian casualties as Russian and Syrian forces plan to retake Idlib province, the last remaining terrorist stronghold in the country. The plan envisioned the creation of a demilitarized buffer zone between government and rebel forces, with observatory units to enforce the agreement. In other words, it is designed to prevent exactly what Western observers have been fretting about, and that is unnecessary ‘collateral damage.’

So what do France and Israel do after a relative peace is declared, and an effective measure for reducing casualties? The cynically attack Syria, thus exposing those same Syrian civilians to the dangers of military conflict that Western capitals proclaim to be worried about.

Israel moves to ‘damage control’

Although Israel has taken the rare move of acknowledging its involvement in the Syrian attack, even expressing “sorrow” for the loss of Russian life, it insists that Damascus should be held responsible for the tragedy. That is a highly debatable argument.

By virtue of the fact that the French and Israeli forces were teaming up to attack the territory of a sovereign nation, thus forcing Syria to respond in self-defense, it is rather obvious where ultimate blame for the downed Russian plane lies.

“The blame for the downing of the Russian plane and the deaths of its crew members lies squarely on the Israeli side,” Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said. “The actions of the Israeli military were not in keeping with the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership, so we reserve the right to respond.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, took admirable efforts to prevent the blame game from reaching the boiling point, telling reporters that the downing of the Russian aircraft was the result of “a chain of tragic circumstances, because the Israeli plane didn’t shoot down our jet.”

Nevertheless, following this extremely tempered and reserved remark, Putin vowed that Russia would take extra precautions to protect its troops in Syria, saying these will be “the steps that everyone will notice.”

Now there is much consternation in Israel that the IDF will soon find its freedom to conduct operations against targets in Syria greatly impaired. That’s because Russia, having just suffered a ‘friendly-fire’ incident from its own antiquated S-200 system, may now be more open to the idea of providing Syria with the more advanced S-300 air-defense system.

Earlier this year, Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached an agreement that prevented those advanced defensive weapons from being employed in the Syrian theater. That deal is now in serious jeopardy. In addition to other defensive measures, Russia could effectively create the conditions for a veritable no-fly zone across Western Syria in that it would simply become too risky for foreign aircraft to venture into the zone.

The entire situation, which certainly did not go off as planned, has forced Israel into damage control as they attempt to prevent their Russian counterparts from effectively shutting down Syria’s western border.

On Thursday, Israeli Major-General Amikam Norkin and Brigadier General Erez Maisel, as well as officers of the Intelligence and Operations directorates of the Israeli air force will pay an official visit to Moscow where they are expected to repeat their concerns of “continuous Iranian attempts to transfer strategic weapons to the Hezbollah terror organization and to establish an Iranian military presence in Syria.”

Moscow will certainly be asking their Israeli partners if it is justifiable to subject Russian servicemen to unacceptable levels of danger, up to and including death, in order to defend Israeli interests. It remains to be seen if the two sides can find, through the fog of war, an honest method for bringing an end to the Syria conflict, which would go far at relieving Israel’s concerns of Iranian influence in the region.

 

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Lena Jones
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Lena Jones

It is smart to first wait for the findings of the Russian investigations into the incident before we can be absolutely certain of EXACTLY what happened and EXACTLY what Russia will be doing about it. Until then, articles like this are full of conspiracy theories and regurgitation.

voza0db
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voza0db

Russia will do nothing! Well, nothing is also to much. They will sign in the future some joint ventures pipelines contracts to cross over Syria.

This way the long GAS WAR that Russia is fighting since the USSR times doesn’t go down the drain and they keep control of the flow of natural gas into European Market!

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

bull-shit, it’s about “SOVEREIGNTY” ,Russia is there by invitation to protect a legitimate sovereign government duly elected by the Syrian peoples !!!!!!!

therevolutionwas
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therevolutionwas

Yes. But the “GAS WAR” is certainly a reason all parties are interested in this area in the first place.

tiredofthemedialies
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tiredofthemedialies

yes, just like Donbass. (Oh I forgot, it let 20 thousand folks die there, at the hands of the Banderast filth..)

regolo gellini
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You are right !

voza0db
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voza0db

And Lena everything in this CIVILIZATION is a conspiracy… I always say that the BANKS ARE THE NUMBER ONE MONEY LAUNDRY SCUM IN THE PLANET, but other slaves just say “You’re a conspiracy theorist”! I just don’t have the means to expose the LAUNDRY MACHINE! But from time to time the SHIT DOES IT THE FAN! “Danske Bank money laundering ‘is biggest scandal in Europe’ Unpleasant lesson of €200bn case shows need to be vigilant – European commission” Of course that the scoundrels (you call them politicians!) are just pretending to be shocked! “The European commission has described the €200bn… Read more »

therevolutionwas
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therevolutionwas

China and Russia seem to be working on the banking problem. The world will experience what places like some South American countries are suffering through, currency collapse. Russia and especially China have been obtaining precious metals for a long time now and will someday leave the SWIFT system.

Vince Dhimos
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This article does not assert that all the details are in and does not pretend to know them. It only references already well known facts. The most important fact is that Israel has admitted to fireing missiles at an area dangerously close to a Russian asset. The rest is secondary. After all, we know that after Turkey shot down a Russian plane, Russia beefed up air defenses in Syria. It is highly likely that it will repeat this kind of behaviour after this Israeli shootdown.

Shahna
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Shahna

If the Israelis were, as they say, already back in Israeli airspace when the plane blew up – then what was that warning they sent less than a minute before it blew up?

voza0db
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voza0db

What’s the point of “beefed up air defenses” if you’re not going to use them?!

Until now all of that “beefed up” only resulted in one IL-20 shoot and right next to those “beefed up” air defenses!

Shahna
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Shahna

I’m getting the sneaking impression we’ll be waiting till hell freezes over – and hell will freeze over first.

A.F.
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A.F.

Russian Army downed their own plane……Russia wants WW3.

Kaput
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kindly supply Mr Shoigun with your REal facts……….. or start running to your bunker.

Cicero
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Cicero

Only in your delusions!

A.F.
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A.F.

Gavin Williamson commits extra British troops in Ukraine to stop Russia ‘reversing Cold War outcome’ – media
MORE BRITISH TROOPS TO FIGHT THE RUSSIAN ARMY IN OCCUPIED DONBASS!!

Shahna
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Shahna

Mr Williams is still hoping the Russians will just shoot-toop ‘n go way.

guest
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guest

Better idea would be a police contingent from missing persons division. They may be more successful in finding this illusive Russian army.

A.F.
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A.F.

They occupy Donbass since 2014

7.62x54R
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7.62x54R

More Russian troops to fight the British foreigners in Nazi Ukraine.

A.F.
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A.F.

Nazzies are Russians

Martha
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Martha

“On the pretext that Iran was preparing to deliver a shipment of weapon production systems to Hezbollah in Lebanon, Israeli F-16s, backed by French missile launches in the Mediterranean, destroyed what is alleged to have been a Syrian Army ammunition depot.”

Show everyone the recon photos/info Bibi.

VFL
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VFL

The War Criminal Land + Resources Thieving Genocidal Apartheid Regime of Israel LIES Always! It’s in their DNA, 70+ Years Experience.

Kaput
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Lets put it this way, Portugal offered a nation to all Jews in the Planalto of Benguela in Angola……..45 0000 sq km of fertile land, plus imense natural resources…. THEY did refuse . I suppose the roths wanted a : bigger fish :… continuous war in order to fill their coffers. so lets cook the Balfour Dec. and all has just worked out fine. lol There was never apartheid in Angola, and Isabel dos Santos is the one and only African queen… all is well then. stop crybaby nhau.

Prometheus
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Prometheus

Not to mention the Jewish Autonomous Oblast they were given by the Russian. Natural Resources are there too. The Khazars did migrate there but have since move on to Palestine leaving very few Jews in the Oblast. The interesting thing I found was the predominant symbol in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast was the Menorah not the Star of David.
The need for the Khazars presence in Palestine was completely unnecessary.

Kaput
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ALL info bellow on the Benguela offer can be read at MALOMIL, A Port. Palestine. —– The biggest blunder nhau.?…….. beware of blue eyes……….. lol the famous turkish amulet .

Stephan Williams
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Stephan Williams

3000 years of psychotic murdering experience…

regolo gellini
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Of course you mean 3 thousanf years of lies !

Kaput
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It is about time for Mr Shoigun, to be loud and clear…… someone not afraid of mossad, the roths , and Lucifer. It is all about oil….imense natural resources, water supply, and greater isrhell……. lol I wonder why the word holocaust was invented by the jews ????? ……………….L. Bros. crash is responsible for the death of 16 million human lives……….. ……… where is the joke ??????

G George
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G George

Being cowardly often averts a fight, at the same it just invites more of the same. If Putin would, just once, live up to his talk the West might back down; however, he keeps inviting them to do more by being chickenshit.

Guy
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Guy

I would suspect that the S-300s will soon be brought in and positioned strategically so as to be used by the SAA next time, if there is a next time.Which would be entirely justified and legal by the way under international. I don’t think that Russia could legally fire missiles at another nation from Syrian territory, even if it is deemed the protectorate of Syria.Russia is very sensitive about international law , at least under Putin’s leadership.

Guy
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Guy

“These weapons were meant to attack Israel and posed an intolerable threat against it”
So says the IDF but it is clear to any awake thinking person that any weapons that Hezbollah could/would have will be used to defend Lebanon from Israeli attack .Remember the Litani River that Israel so covets but is in Labanese territory.

A.F.
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A.F.

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Only in The Russia

voza0db
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voza0db

Everyone needs to have fun!

niner
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niner

Gordon Duff, veteranstoday.com, with considerable force of argument, said on rense.com, that the russian S200 are built to make it impossible for them to shoot down russian aircraft of any kind.

he claims it was the french missiles which actually hit the russian surveillance plane. and this description of events makes more sense out of the admitted facts.

Kaput
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so instead of 5 S 300 s, lets employ 10

S 300 s, just to make sure .

Shahna
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Shahna

To which you can add, the Syrians say they didn’t do it.
But hey – let’s believe Israel.

Vince Dhimos
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Hezbollah is not seen as a terror organization at all in Lebanon, where it enjoys the distinction of being one of the main political parties ruling the nation and is remembered for its valiant defence of Lebanon from the Israelis in 2006, when they tried to annihilate that nation. No Lebanese — incl Christians — will ever see Hezbollah as a terrorist org,and if the US stops lying about Hezbollah and Iran, Israel will be sitting with egg on its face.

Shahna
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Shahna

It’s my understanding that Syria has denied responsibility – I certainly haven’t seen Asaad make an apology to the Russian people….. which I would expect if his forces accidentally killed 15 allied servicemen.

But hey – let’s believe Israel. They are after all – the masters of truth.

Shahna
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Shahna

This entire affair is very strange and suspicious.
Not even a week and already even RT has forgotten these men existed let alone were murdered.

Walter Dublanica
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Russia needs to retaliate against Israel and teach them a lesson. Putin needs to stop his meetings with BiBi, they are of no value to Russia.

cstahnke
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The alliance of US, UK, France, Israel and Saudi Arabia are testing Russia to see how far they can go before Russia responds. It makes some sense to know this for this alliance to take steps to take out Syria and Iran which is the objective. They’re not giving up on that objective despite Assad’s popularity and that he defeated the mercenaries hired by the alliance. At some point Russia must deliver a counter-blow here or it will have to accept the partition of Syria–that seems the bottom line for the alliance at this time.

Kaput
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” the alliance ” is not unique, even if they throw in the north atlantic terrorist org. ….. it will be stale mate……… Russia+China+Iran+Hezbollah+Mongolia + ?????? . Besides I dnt believe in the partition of Syria, unless Putin has suddenly become a coward or a lizard. Some kind of no fly zone + offshore naval protection, will work just fine…………. Golan Heights is not bibs to keep either., lets do the job professionally. I grew up with “next door jews ” they are arrogant and have a huge IQ, BUT they dnt mix with humans. Was in isrhell ( 50… Read more »

A.F.
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A.F.

Mike Pompeo blasts Russia: ‘They have not proven helpful’ anywhere in the world

spike
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spike

so the editor of this article thinks that the IAF actions were deliberate? how numb do you have to be to get a job with the duran?

it’s common sense for the IAF pilots to have used any available cover…the syrian air defence units are in the habit of letting loose with a barrage of anti-air missiles for every airframe that see on the target acquisition radar

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