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Jerusalem silent amid reports of air strike on Syrian naval base

The mysterious attacks on Syrian targets continue and many fingers are being pointed at Israel. Jerusalem is silent.  These precise attacks have all the ingredients of something from a new James Bond movie. Unmarked ships unload the weapon systems, real-time intelligence is acquired and the bombs and missiles destroy the warehouses. Israeli warplanes conducted the […]

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The Syrian air force is in bad shape, despite Russian help

A massive supply of spare parts and ammunition helped the Syrian air force play a major role in the campaign the Assad regime launched two years ago against the rebels.“The shape of the Syrian air force was very bad, and without massive urgent Russian help it could not use its old inventory to attack the […]

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Four countries and the missing piece in the puzzle

Some Israelis smiled two days ago when Israeli television reported that Russian unmanned air systems (UAS) were flying over Syria supporting the regime with real time intelligence about rebels units. Asked what made them smile, they smiled even wider, but did not answer. I can only guess, of course, but this puzzle is very interesting.  […]

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Tensions high between Russia and Israel over S-300 missiles

Will Israel try to stop a shipment of Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria by using military force?   It is possible, judging by the exchange of words between Moscow and Jerusalem in recent days. Russia will supply the S-300s to Syria, despite all Israeli requests to cancel the deal. In response, Israel has indicated […]

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Israel will act if Syria falls, warns air force commander

The quickly deteriorating situation in Syria yesterday brought an explicit warning. Israeli air force commander Maj Gen Amir Eshel said that if the Syrian regime were to suddenly collapse, Israel would be forced to undertake a massive attack “within hours”. He said missions would include the destruction of vast stores of conventional and non-conventional weapons […]

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A last-minute effort to kill Syrian S-300 deal

The Israeli prime minster is expected in Moscow today in a last-minute effort to stop the sale of Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Syria.Benjamin Netanyahu will have to bring something more than a request for understanding. If the sources know the facts, Syria has already transferred the last installment of the $900 million price tag […]

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Red line crossed gives green light for attacks

If reports in the foreign press are accurate, Israel acted twice in 48 hours after Syria crossed a very thick red line drawn by Jerusalem. International media have reported that the main targets in Syria – storage facilities for advanced long-range Iranian-made missiles – were hit‫ ‬hard. Officially, Israel has not commented, but the attacks […]

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Israeli air force on alert after claims Syria used chemical weapons

It is a strange situation. Israeli intelligence asserts Syria has used chemical weapons in the civil war, while America is still “evaluating” the situation. The Israeli air force is, of course, operating according to assessments. As I have written in this blog a few times in recent months, Israel has all of its “sensors” on […]

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Israel draws a line in the sand

The situation in Syria is very unstable because of the civil war.  Israel has not interfered, but it has drawn two lines that must not be crossed: attempts to use the chaos to transfer chemical warfare agents from Syria into “non governmental” hands, or to move weapon systems to the Hezbollah terror organisation in Lebanon. […]

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Chemical weapons in Syria: Israel on high alert

The civil war in Syria has brought Israel to a high state of alert in recent days, as the Israeli government becomes increasingly concerned that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad could lose control of his country’s stockpile of chemical weapons. The Israeli defence minister has cut short a visit abroad, and a number of urgent cabinet meetings […]

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