Israel Attacks Syria Again; Still No Peep from Russia

Is Putin just as terrified of Jewish power as all other world leaders?

 

Yes, it has happened again. On Friday, June 30, Israel launched another attack against Syria, again using the excuse of a stray “projectile” landing in Israeli-controlled territory. And again, as before, Russia has had no comment.

 

Nothing mentioned about it this afternoon on the Russian Foreign Ministrywebsite. There is a report at RT, an article which even talks about previous Israeli attacks that have occurred in the past week (on Saturday, Sunday and again on Wednesday), but astoundingly no Russian official is quoted anywhere in the piece.

 

What can be found in the story is an interesting quote from a political analyst who makes a very, very salient point:

 

“[The IDF] describe fire coming from the Golan Heights as errant. It’s not errant. In the previous cases It could have easily been rebel commanders loyal to Israel, because they are supporting them, probably sending some shells into the Golan Heights,” said Ammar Waqqaf.

 

But of course Waqqaf is not affiliated with the Russian government–and sadly RT chose to bury his quote at the bottom of the piece.

 

Press TV is reporting today that in this latest attack the Israelis, as each time previously, targeted Syrian Army positions. They are also reporting that the attack was carried out by an unmanned aerial vehicle. Here is a bit from their report:

 

Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Manar television network reported on Friday that the drone struck a Syrian battle tank as well as a 105mm cannon in Syria’s strategic southwestern region of Quneitra near the border with Israeli-controlled Palestinian territories.

Earlier, the Israeli army had announced in a statement that “an errant projectile fired from Syria had hit an open area in the northern Golan Heights,” noting that the round was “a result of internal fighting in Syria.”

 

After the US shot down a Syrian jet on June 18, the Russian Ministry of Defense released the following statement:

 

“Any aircraft, including planes and drones of the international coalition, detected in the operation areas west of the Euphrates River by the Russian air forces will be followed by Russian ground-based air defense and air defense aircraft as air targets.”

You’ll notice that the statement included the words “any aircraft.” Quneitra province, the part of Syria where the Israeli attacks have occurred, is west of the Euphrates River. Why didn’t the Russians shoot down the Israeli drone?

Clearly, the terrorists operating in Quneitra province have learned a valuable lesson: all they have to do is fire a few mortars into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and they can trigger an Israeli bombardment of the Syrian Army. And it would seem that they are now using this as a battle tactic. The Times of Israel is reporting today that the latest “errant projectile” is the 16th such “spillover” from the Syrian war this week.

So why, when these spillovers occur, don’t the Israelis attack the terrorists who are firing the projectiles? Why do they always attack the Syrian Army? Because the Israelis and the terrorists are in cahoots with one another. This would seem to be the only logical conclusion one can draw.

Why don’t the Russians at least issue a public statement condemning the Israeli attack? Syria, after all, is their ally in the fight against terrorism. Israel, on the other hand, clearly seems to be among those nations who are supporting the terrorists. Why don’t the Russians speak up? Most pertinently of all, why is it they condemn US attacks against the Syrian Army but say nothing when Israel is the perpetrator?

As I said, I visited the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website again today (as I do regularly now whenever these Israeli attacks occur), and could find no comment or press statement criticizing the Jewish state. But among the things I did find is an announcement about a meeting between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein who is presently visiting Moscow at the invitation of a member of the Russian parliament. And there is also the text of a speech given by another parliament member who just returned from a cyber security conference in Tel Aviv.

It would appear, then, there are lots of contacts between Russian officials and Israeli officials these days.

I’ve given a lot of thought to what Vladimir Putin’s strategy may be with regard to Israel. Maybe he feels it’s best to raise issues of concern privately. That’s certainly reasonable. And maybe also he feels he’s got his hands full at present mounting a challenge to US global hegemony and can’t take on Israel at the same time. One after all must pick one’s fights wisely. There is also the possibility that Putin hopes to play off Israel and the US against each other–a sort of divide and conquer stratagem. Maybe it’s a bit of all of the above even. But what it seems to come down to–the bottom line that would seem to present itself–is that Putin is just as terrified and fearful of Jewish power as all other world leaders.

The situation in Syria is likely to present Russia with a quandary, however, and very soon. What if Israel decides to escalate things by invading and occupying Quneitra province? The “spillover” would be the pretext for such an Israeli invasion, but of course the real target would be Syrian and Hezbollah troops. What response, if any, can we expect from Russia should this come about? As Paul Craig Roberts commented recently, “Israel’s interest to overthrow Syria and Iran is totally inconsistant with Russia’s interest to prevent the import of jihadism into the Russian Federation and Central Asia.”

Russia is encircled by NATO military bases. Despite this it has resisted, and quite successfully, US regime change plans in Syria. In doing so it has mounted an uncommon and persistent challenge to US global hegemony–in Syria and Ukraine as well. This has infuriated the US Deep State. Does Putin realize the situation he’s in? Does he understand that challenging US global hegemony ultimately means challenging Jewish power?

A bit more from Roberts is worth considering here:

The Third reason has to do with Israel’s need for the water resources of Southern Lebanon. Twice Israel has sent the vaunted Israeli Army to occupy Southern Lebanon, and twice the vaunted Israeli Army was driven out by Hezbollah, a militia supported by Syria and Iran.

To be frank, Israel is using America to eliminate the Syrian and Iranian governments that provide military and economic support to Hezbollah. If Hezbollah’s suppliers can be eliminated by the Americans, Israel’s army can steal Southern Lebanon, just as it has stolen Palestine and parts of Syria.

Here are the facts: For 16 years the insouciant American population has permitted a corrupt government in Washington to squander trillions of dollars needed domestically but instead allocated to the profits of the military/security complex, to the service of the Neoconservative ideology of US world hegemony, and to the service of Israel.

Russia cannot challenge US global hegemony without also challenging Jewish power. For the latter is the real power behind the US hegemonic throne. And challenging Jewish power means, ultimately, challenging Israel. I’m guessing Putin is smart enough to know this. The question is does he have the will, the courage, and the capacity to do it? If he continues the course of just opposing the US, while ignoring provocations by Israel, the situation–in Syria and in the wider Middle East–is likely to get worse, not better.

Comments

Bill Kamps Added Jul 17, 2017 - 10:24am
Putin is stretched pretty thin.  Russia has an economy smaller than Italy, so there is a real limit to what  they can do.  They act big, but they have a very limited ability to project power.  He cant afford to escalate things in Syria beyond where they are.  Taking on Israel, even with rhetoric, is much more complicated than taking on some rebels.  Best to either address things in private, or ignore them for the time being.
Dino Manalis Added Jul 17, 2017 - 10:30am
Israel should demand demilitarized zones along its borders, while the U.S. and Russia ought to enact a no-fly zone over all of Syria and attack terrorists only on the ground, as well as urge all parties, including Assad and the rebels, to stop fighting each other and concentrate on eradicating ISIS.  The parties need to view themselves as a united team against a common enemy and not undermine the mission with other conflicts.  Do it for the refugees!
EXPAT Added Jul 17, 2017 - 10:46am
Putin saw an opportunity for a foothold in The Middle East. After losing in Afghanistan, this was a chance to recover from the 9 year debacle and humiliation.
A weak feckless Obama, and depleted USA would not/could not oppose him. After walking into Crimea, he knew it was easy.This was a show that Russia was back as a Superpower(Not Really!).
But along came Trump, and everything changed. ISRAEL saw former enemies, with depleted oil revenues, frightened of an Iran/Russia, Hezbollah,  takeover on their border. A Left/Progressive assault on USA POTUS meant they could act without constraint.
So Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan formed an alliance (See my article, Israel the new ME Superpower).
Russia sees another long term involvement with a basket case ME country, they cannot afford. Trump is letting Putin out gracefully, with first the cease fire, and then an agreed pullout by both sides.
Yes, both Israel and USA act with impunity in Syria, knowing Russia fears escalation, and wants out!
John G Added Jul 17, 2017 - 2:48pm
'Israel', like the USA is on the side of the head choppers. In fact the head choppers are there because the USA wants them there.
The goal is the destruction of Syria and the further Balkanisation of the ME where the zionists and the Wahabbi monarchs the hegemons.
Ig they win in Syria, Iran will be next and then Russia itself.
Saint George Added Jul 17, 2017 - 3:11pm
John G is the Al Gore of middle east realpolitik. They both scream about catastrophes (political or environmental) that either haven't happened, aren't happening, or never will happen.
Saint George Added Jul 17, 2017 - 3:15pm
using the excuse of a stray “projectile”
 
It wasn't "a" "stray" "projectile", you silly anti-Semite. It was mortar fire. Look up the meaning of words before posting them if you're unsure of usage.
John G Added Jul 18, 2017 - 2:19am
Corey thinks that millions of people dying isn't a catastrophe. 
Corey doesn't consider black and brown people, and especially Muslim black and brown people as humans.
Corey the rabid zionist is no better than a Nazi. And a monumental hypocrite to boot.
Just filth.
Jenifer Frost Added Jul 18, 2017 - 6:54pm
Don't you just love how that anyone who opposes Zionist Militarism is suddenly a "antisemite" according to the racist George the ZioNazi  (ie Corey)? And yes you are quite right about him John he attacked me for no reason other than that I'm a black woman. He's a complete zero credability racist scumbag. 
 
Anyhow this article contains useful information regarding the article subject matter...
"Israel Pushes Trump to Wider Wars" - PaulCraigRoberts.org - http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/07/18/israel-pushes-trump-wider-wars/
As Dr. Roberts says, "The American “superpower” has proved to be no match whatsover for Israel, which rules US politics with an iron hand." Much the same appears to be the case with Russia. 
John G Added Jul 19, 2017 - 3:34am
'Israel' wouldn't have existed without British will and couldn't exist without US will.
It is an imperial project.
Whilst the US congress is under Israeli diktat, 'Israel' is also under US deep state diktat.
The blame goes all around.
Palestinians (and Arabs all around) are the victims.
We call them terrorists in our enlightened societies.
Richard Edmondson Added Jul 19, 2017 - 12:49pm
George, I don't take offense. I don't know what your definition of 'anti-Semite' is, but these days the term is not only not a slander, it's almost a compliment.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 19, 2017 - 2:39pm
Putin is not afraid. But he's an excellent chess player. He THINKS before he acts. And so far he has the upper hand. BECAUSE of that. World opinion shifts toward his opinion, and that's in the end favorable for Russia. The rest of the world simply hopes that the US doesn't get a short fuse.
 
Russia knows how to handle different cultures and mentalities without threatening and bombing. The US has to learn that.
 
And - I'm NOT taking part of that never-ending Israel pro and contra stuff that seems prevalent here at the moment.
Saint George Added Jul 19, 2017 - 7:42pm
Don't you just love how that anyone who opposes Zionist Militarism is suddenly a "anti-Semite"
 
Suddenly? Those anti-Israel meme-zombies were always anti-Semitic. They were just looking for a politically correct excuse to express it while simultaneously denying it.
 
Don't you just love how anyone who has been a long-time anti-Semite and middle-east-history-ignoramus tries to rationalize her hatred by claiming, "How could I possibly be anti-Semitic. One of my best friends is Jewish! And fortunately for our friendship, she hates Israel, too. Thank Horus for that! If she supported Israel, I'd have to end the friendship and hate her as much as I hate all the other Jews!"
 
Yes, thank Horus for that.
Jenifer Frost Added Jul 19, 2017 - 9:53pm
Only a total and complete fool thinks Israel is a race. Moron 
Saint George Added Jul 19, 2017 - 9:58pm
Only a dissimulator thinks that her anti-Semitism can be denied by claiming that her best friend is a Jew.
Jenifer Frost Added Jul 19, 2017 - 10:38pm
I'm glad my best friend is my husband and he's Japanese then. 
 
Only a lunatic moron thinks a religion is a race, and only the king of fools claims a nation is a race. And only a true racist uses specialized terms like antisemitism for supposed specialized forms of racism, thereby implying racial supremacy of his chosen race. 
Saint George Added Jul 19, 2017 - 10:43pm
Only a dissimulator thinks that her anti-Semitism can be denied by claiming that her friend is a Jew.
Jenifer Frost Added Jul 19, 2017 - 11:27pm
George (definitely NOT a saint) must be stuck on repeat like the robat ZioNazi he is. In any event, continuing what I was saying, Zionists like George are not just racists, but ironically antisemites as well! One can not support the war criminal, terrorist, racist state of Israel without being a racist, and specifically an antisemite racist because Israel supports the genocide of the Palestinian people, who are the largest Semitic tribe remaining in the middle east, as opposed to Israeli Jews who are primarily white Europeans. 
Saint George Added Jul 20, 2017 - 12:01am
Only a dissimulator thinks that her anti-Semitism can be denied by claiming that her friend is a Jew.
Jenifer Frost Added Jul 20, 2017 - 12:04am
Repetition of lies, same tactic used by Nazi Germany. How appropriate. 
Saint George Added Jul 20, 2017 - 12:09am
Only a dissimulator thinks that her anti-Semitism can be denied by claiming that her friend is a Jew.
Jenifer Frost Added Jul 20, 2017 - 12:15am
Apparently the racist (antisemite) Nazi wannabe George (definitely NOT a saint) is on Nazi repeat. Good for him. He's been outed as a racist ZioNazi which he can't dispute. My work is done here. 
Saint George Added Jul 20, 2017 - 4:06am
Only a dissimulator thinks that her anti-Semitism can be denied by claiming that her friend is a Jew.
John G Added Jul 20, 2017 - 4:18am
Zionism is racism. The scum that bandy about the 'anti-semitism' smear to further the zionist agenda are no better than nazis.
Saint George Added Jul 20, 2017 - 4:20am
Only a dissimulator thinks that her anti-Semitism can be denied by claiming that her friend is a Jew.