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New Rules Of Engagement Between Syria And Israel, As Russia Changes Its Position

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Written by Elijah J. Magnier; Originally appeared at his blog

Syria will adopt a new rule of engagement with Israel now that Russia has taken a tougher and clearer stance on the conflict between Israel and the “Axis of the Resistance”. Henceforth, Damascus will be responding to any Israeli strike. If it damages a specific military target it will reply with a strike against a similar objective in Israel. Decision makers in Damascus said “Syria will not hesitate to hit an Israeli airport if Damascus airport is targeted and hit by Israel. This will be with the consent of the Russian military based in the Levant”.

This Syrian political decision is based on a clear position taken by Russia in Syria following the downing of its aircraft on September 18 this year. In 2015 when the Russian military landed in Syria, it informed the parties concerned (i.e. Syria, Iran and Israel) that it had no intention to interfere in the conflict between them and Hezbollah and that it would not stand in the way of Tel Aviv’s planes bombing Hezbollah military convoys on their way to Lebanon or Iranian military warehouses not allocated to the war in Syria. This was a commitment to remain an onlooker if Israel hit Iranian military objectives or Hezbollah convoys transporting arms to Hezbollah from Syria to Lebanon, within Syrian territory. It also informed Israel that it would not accept any attacks on its allies (Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and their allies) engaged in fighting ISIS, al-Qaeda and its allies.

Israel respected the will of Moscow until the beginning of 2018, when it started to attack Iranian bases and Syrian military warehouses, though it never attacked a Hezbollah military position. Israel justified its attack against the Iranian base, a military facility called T4, by claiming it had sent drones over Israel. Tel Aviv considered violation of its neighbours’ sovereignty as its exclusive prerogative. Damascus and Iran have responded with at least one confirmed shooting down of an Israeli F-16. Israel started to attack Syrian warehouses, mainly where Iranian missiles were stored. Iran has replaced every single destroyed warehouse with other more sophisticated precision missiles, capable of hitting any objective in Israel.

However, Russia’s neutrality towards Israel in the Levant turned out to be quite expensive. It has lost more than Iran, especially after the downing of its IL-20, and with it, 15 officers highly trained to use the most advanced communication and espionage systems.

Russia then brought to Syria its long-awaited advanced S-300 missiles and delivered them to the Syrian army while maintaining electronic coordination and radar command. The S-300 poses a danger to Israeli jets only if these violate Syrian airspace. Tel Aviv has kept its planes out of Syria since last September but launched long range missiles against a couple of targets.

For many months, the Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to receive Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Only through real harassment by the latter did Putin finally accept to briefly meet with Netanyahu over lunch or around the dinner table during a large Summit or meeting of Heads of State, without however accepting any compromise or reconciliation. Russia has now taken a clear position and has no intention of extending its embrace or pardon to Israel. Russia felt that its generosity (by closing its eyes to Israel’s activities in Syria) was neither recognised nor sufficiently appreciated by Tel Aviv.

New Rules Of Engagement Between Syria And Israel, As Russia Changes Its Position

This week, Moscow agreed to receive an Israeli military delegation led by Major-General Aharon Haliva,  following Israel’s insistence on breaking the ice between the two countries. However, Russia’s position is not expected to change in Syria and no Israeli bombing of Syrian or Iranian targets will be tolerated.

According to these sources, “Russia has informed Israel that there are Russian officers present at every Syrian or Iranian military base and that any strike against Syrian or Iranian objectives would hit Russian forces as well. Putin will not allow his soldiers and officers to be struck down by Israel’s direct or indirect bombing”.

Moreover, Russia has given Syria the green light – said the source- to strike Israel at any time if and when Tel Aviv’s planes launch raids against Syrian military targets or launch long-range missiles without flying over Syria (for fear of the S-300 and to avoid seeing its jets downed over Syria or Lebanon).

The source confirmed that Syria – contrary to what Israel claims – now has the most accurate missiles, which can hit any target inside Israel. The Syrian armed forces have received unrevealed long and medium-range missiles from Iran. These operate on the GLONASS system – the abbreviation for Globalnaya Navigazionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema, the Russian version of the GPS. Thus, the delivery of Iran and the manufacture of missiles inside Syria (and Lebanon) is now complete. Israel, however, claims it has destroyed Syria’s missile capability, including that of the missiles delivered by Iran. According to the source, Damascus controls a very large number of precision missiles, notwithstanding those destroyed by Israel. “In Iran, the cheapest and most accessible items are the Sabzi and the missiles”, said the source.

The new Syrian rule of engagement – according to the source – is now as follows: an airport will be hit if Israel hits an airport, and any attack on a barracks or command and control centre will result in an attack on similar target in Israel. It appears that the decision has been taken at the highest level and a clear “bank of objectives” has now been set in place.

The rules of engagement are changing and situation in the Levant theatre is becoming more dangerous; regional and international confrontations are still possible. The Middle East will not be quiet unless the Syrian war ends—a war in which the two superpowers, Europe, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have played essential roles. The final chapters have not yet been written.

Proofread by:  Maurice Brasher and C.B.

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  • Jenny Lancaster

    about time

    • d’Artagnan

      There is growing anger in Russia at Zionist regimes devious behavior and causing deaths of Russians. The Zionists were playing Russians for fools before and the Russian military has had it with them and Shoigu who is very influential in Russia today convinced Putin of the Zionist duplicity and treachery. Also Iran has a very strong foothold in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon now as Harari’s latest pro-Hezbollah statement. Iran is also eager to test its new precision weapons on Zionist military targets and Russia has given the green light now.

      • Melotte 22

        Unfortunately, zionists have been playing Russians for last 100 years. They still have an impact in Kremlin.

      • dinnedup

        President Putin was rather too religious in the midst of the military conflict. Yes, you do not provide a second cheek for a slapping when honorable officer’s lives are at risk. Just like many arm-chair generals in the alternate media, I would be mad at the president too.

  • katakanBR

    lets see….. i hope it is true

  • stary ujo

    Why Russians do some obstruction and regard with Israel !!?? Iran is legally in the Syria and Israel must respect this fact .Isnt possible shoud Israel make some decision about Syrian teritory . If yes , this will
    never ending story ! The Russians must take main role in Syria , no only underfucking Isis .They must destroy them , for ever ! USA must drive out of Syria ! Where is fucking Guttieres and his OSN ltd USA ?
    The world is one undefucking !!!

    • Dmitry Lunyov

      Almost a third of Israel consists of citizens of post-Soviet States who speak Russian and travel to Russia without visas to communicate with relatives, the same applies in the opposite direction. In addition, a huge number of Israelis have Russian citizenship Stupid to believe that Russia will be hostile to its citizens

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        citizenship does not make you russian. especially if you come of the defective dna.

        • meridius

          Correct… these citizens hate Russia with all their guts. And Russians know it.

        • Martin Petrovski

          Actually alot of them are ethnik Russians by birth,i dont understand why you ppl cant accsept the fact that this is true.

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            think about it and you figure it out. By the way is nothing to accept or reject just matter of fact. I never understood the american mentality that seem to be spreading around the world as matter of fact, that because an african or an arab for example born in europe, that make him european or in america an american.

            Russia has more than 120 nationalities within her land that all have russian passports that dont change where they coming from or what they are. Unless you think a chinese can be swedish or italian, because it happen to be born in those countries?

          • Martin Petrovski

            So a religion is the same as a ethnicity?

          • Ewan

            True, pretending to be Jews to get free settlement homes. they should be massacred with the same impunity that all land thieving, baby killing fake jews are massacred.

          • Martin Petrovski

            “Pretending” You cant “Pretend” to be a religion you ether are or are not.

      • viktor ziv

        Russian army wasn’t hostile to Georgians back in 2008, but was very hostile to Georgian army.
        “Pickup a sword, and from the sword You’ll die.”

      • Kelli Hernandez

        Russia is not hostile to its citizens that CHOOSE to live in a fascist racist regime.
        It is hostile to the Zionist government that is a habitual colonizer and without Russia providing peace & security to Syria it would already be balkanized.
        Russia cares for Syrian Christians too.
        Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian

  • rmc9

    Seems to be in Revelation where it talks about that part of the world being the last days “hotspot!” So our Creator really has the best view of what is coming??

    • meridius

      I am not a bible scholar but I had the same thoughts. Years
      ago , before the Russians and Iranian moved into Syria ( military speaking) I
      was wondering how can that area be the hot spot for the beginning and the final
      battle ( according to the Apocalypse) given Israel’s overwhelming military
      dominance in the area; but now with the Russians and the Iranians present there
      and with the latest warning issued to the Israelis, the pieces of the puzzle
      start falling into the place.

      It is conceivable (as they say in the Bible ) that Damascus will be completely destroyed in retaliation for major damage inflected onto Israel itself.

      While none of the political leaders of the countries involved into this conflict appears to be praying for Jesus Chris “second coming” (“first coming” in the case of the Israelis) somehow, we appear to be inching towards the final stage.

      • You can call me Al

        Have a look at this….. read the text, but just scroll down and see with your own eyes – http://www.end-times-prophecy.org/animal-deaths-birds-fish-end-times.html

        There is a little insert box, look how the bee population is dying.

      • dinnedup

        Most prophecies have a dual meaning. It could be either one for the destruction of Damascus(cauldron of human faiths and religion) or not its destruction.

    • Jade Zee

      adults here.
      stop the gibberish.

  • John Wallace

    Just upped the ante and one false move can result in exponential escalation fairly quickly. We now know what those “understandings” between Israel and Russia made the other day without explanation. Perhaps a similar “understanding” has been made re Al Tanf area.. ??

  • Tommy Jensen

    The Syrian war will end when WE say it end and WE have not said that yet…………………..LOL.

    First the United States want the Kurdish question settled in a democratic way to secure our ally get the freedom they deserve as second new light in the oil dark ME………………..LOL.

    Second we demand all foreign troops leave Syria, otherwise we cannot guarantee ISIS raising again in the country, as we clearly can see only the US/Nato Freedom Coalition are able to keep ISIS down.

    • alejoeisabel

      The war in Syria will end when the American people get tired of dying American soldiers on behalf of Israel. Neither, the United States nor its ally, head chopping and body dismemberment, Saudi Arabia have anything to say about democracy.
      Once Israel leaves the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, there will be peace. Israel gets out first. Otherwise, you have nothing to say. Shalom.

      • Kelli Hernandez

        Israel must be destroyed for their tj be peace. Murder mayhem, myth, deceit & theft of blood treasure and resources define Israhell.
        It will bring on its own destruction through arrogance & hubris

    • Tudor Miron

      “our ally get the freedom they deserve”(c) than start preparing lots of space in Texas what where ever you choose within US soil. Accomodate those who deserve it – well done, America!……. Lol

  • alejoeisabel

    Looks like Israel will get its war that it wants. It will get the US army to fight against Russia. This will solve the Middle East problem once the world is destroyed.

    • Jesus

      Israel and US are a couple of big mouth wooses that are afraid of casualties, Russian EW and air defenses.

      • Zionism = EVIL

        The Zionist scum in their infinite arrogance based on western charity and weapons have overreached by killing Russians and the Red Army has had enough. The Zionist arsekissing delegation was met by very low level Russian officers as the photos shows and were read the riot act. The Zionist scum now now full well that Russian and Iranian units in Syria are totally integrated and so is Hezbollah and attacking Syrian bases will kill Russians and that will bring the Slavic hammer on little Jew shitheads. That is FACT JACK!

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      not likely. It is one thing farting and trying pathetically to bully and is another thing suicide and is what americans will be doing and they know it better than any one else.

    • d’Artagnan

      US trailer trash will not die for the Jews in the sands of the middle east. US is already overextended and poised for a war with China in the South China sea and a major trade war is also underway.

    • RichardD

      99% of the conflict between the Syrian government coalition and state actors has been with Israel. The US is unlikely to get involved. An IAF F-16 got shot down and IDF positions in the occupied Golan got hammered and the US didn’t do a thing.

    • dinnedup

      Are willing to have extinction?

  • Jesus

    “””The new Syrian rule of engagement – according to the source – is now as follows: an airport will be hit if Israel hits an airport, and any attack on a barracks or command and control centre will result in an attack on similar target in Israel. It appears that the decision has been taken at the highest level and a clear “bank of objectives” has now been set in place.”””

    Same rules of engagement should apply to FUKUS to bloody their nose and have body bags to send home.
    US HIMARS “accidentally” lob rockets on SAA positions instead of ISIS, Syrians should lob some Scuds and other missiles on US Al Tanf positions.

    • RichardD

      Scuds can be stopped with patriots. From the sounds of it the new Syrian missiles can’t be.

      • Kelli Hernandez

        Patriots are US crap. Its why US pissed at Saudis. They wanted Russian S-400, not US patriot. But because Trump saved the clown prince ass after bone saw event, MBS forced to buy US Patriot junk

    • Kelli Hernandez

      I can’t understand why Russia has not parked its S-300 near Syrian Idlib or anywhere east of the Euphrates??

    • dinnedup

      I on same drift wit ya here.

  • Tudor Miron

    This is very bold – lets see what Russian Mod has to say on this matter. But most of all I’m awating on reaction from miinister of defense, prime minister, minister of something also (don’t remember) – Bibi the Great.

    • RichardD

      Health, blood sucking, and baby raping.

  • verner

    and whatever you do, don’t forget that Russia can rain ICBMs en masse on tel aviv and Riyadh from the safe Caspian Sea and that might just spell iron doom to israel and show the iron dome as useless as most people have thought it to be for a long time.

  • Mmmmm… I agree that counter threats may be the only solution to an intransigent Israel, however Syria and Russia will have a careful balancing act to make sure that any response to Israeli aggression is chosen, recorded and framed in such a way that the US and NATO can’t use it for propaganda. For instance, a military base framed as a school, or a conventional weapon framed as one carrying chemical or biological weapons.

  • Lazy Gamer

    i suspect an incoming well prepared false flag or a calculated bait for a cause of war. Looks like everybody also needs a distraction at the moment.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    An eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth, can’t get any fairer than that.

    • Brian Michael Bo Pedersen

      100% agree

  • RichardD

    Realistically, what are the baby rapers going to do if their facilities get hit in response to their own strikes on Syria? Invade with a tank army? Probably not. Cry to the US to protect them? Hasn’t happened yet. Mass air strikes? That’s probably their go to plan. To try to inflict a Lebanon style mass destruction of civilian infrastructure. The problem with that, is that unlike Lebanon, Syria has what from the sounds of it is a 1,000 launcher strong air defense system operating at it’s full design capabilities with Russian radar and satcom integration.

    And with Israel proper now part of the target zone. That means that Israeli airspace is also fair game. And the Buk, S-200 and S-300 systems can reach most or all of it. And once IAF planes get in the air, if not before, they’l have to deal with missiles coming at them. No more of these cheap shots from outside of Syrian airspace where they can shoot, but they’re not being shot at.

    As well as a fleet of 20 to 45, depending on who’s numbers you want to believe, upgraded Mig-29s that can be loaded up with state of the art stand off weapons that can also be integrated into the Russian satcom system. And possibly a half a dozen Mig-31s also according to some published reports.

    The IDF couldn’t suppress Hamas or Hezbollah missile strikes. Their not going to be able to suppress considerably more advanced Syrian missile launches either. And unlike the militia missiles, the Syrian ones are far more accurate, difficult to take down, and have much larger payloads. And they’re operating from under robust air cover.

  • Drogba

    It’s payback time for the fake Jew bolshevik zionist scumbags. They have been responsible for 2 world wars ,and many others right up till today the world can see how they control the western governments through their financial terrorism, and use their armies to fight wars for israhell.The rothschild banksters and their lackeys will get their long overdue justice soon enough.

  • Krockman

    I call BS on this. Nothing’s gonna change

  • It’s all very well saying it’s payback time as many have here, but they are not sitting on the bulls eye with their family and thousands of others.

    The US, Israel and Britain have an arsenal bigger than the rest of the world combined… and the cowards love using it from the air and at a distance as the Gulf War proved.

    Therefore I trust Russia and Syria to be the adults and play the US’s favourite game – chicken, without sending them into such a frenzy they can’t back down and start WW3, or giving up their rights to be themselves as happened to Russia after Abel Archer.