It looks that the US-led April 14 missile strike on Syria has backfired and now Washignton and its allies are considering what do with consequences of their decision.
Israel is especially unhappy. For example, its defense minister Avigdor Lieberman is in fire over the possible S-300 supplies to Syria by Russia.
“What’s important to us is that the defensive weapons the Russians are giving Syria won’t be used against us. If they’re used against us, we’ll act against them,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the Ynet newspaper in an obvious remark over the current situation. “If anyone attacks us, we will retaliate, regardless of S-300, S-700 or any anything else’s presence there.”
Lieberman claimed that Israel “doesn’t interfere in Syria’s internal affairs” adding that however, Israel will not allow Iran “to flood” Syria “with advanced weapons systems that would be aimed against Israel.”
The defense minister’s remarks came a day after an obvious example of Israeli non-interference into the Syrian affairs when the county’s military struck a position of the Syrian Arab Army east of the occupied Golan Heights destroying an artillery piece of the government forces.
Meanwhile, Israeli Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz said that any S-300 supplies to Syria will cross the line undermining the Israeli-Russian relations.
“I doubt that they will supply this missile defense system – at the very moment they will cross a certain line in our relations,” Katz said in an interview with Army Radio.
On April 23, reports appeared that US CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel had made “a secret and unprecedented visit to Israel” and met with senior Israeli security officials. Some experts link the trip with the alleged Israeli-US talks what to do if the Syrian government really receives advanced S-300 missile defense systems and attempt to deploy them near the contact line with Israel.
From the own side, Russia has announced that the decision on S-300 supplies has not been made yet. However, the option remains open.