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USAF readiness for an attack in Syria raises eyebrows in Israel

In Israel many eyebrows were raised as the eyes below them read a statement made last week by US air force chief of staff Gen Mark Welsh. While touring Japan, the general said the air force is in fact not ready for possible action in Syria, because of the effects of sequestration on the readiness […]

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Russian radar prompts ballistic missile warning over Israeli routine test

One of the reasons why Russia continues to support the Syrian government is the strategic need to keep a forward base in the Middle East. Moscow has withdrawn some personnel from the Russian naval base in Tartus, on Syria’s west coast, but it still has a massive presence in the country. But Russia does not […]

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Israeli air force on high alert as US considers action against Syria

As the US considers the possibility of a military response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, Israel is on high alert. Some observers say that if the US uses aircraft or cruise missiles to hit Syrian army installations, the regime may retaliate by attacking targets in Israel. On Sunday, Washington indicated that […]

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The Israeli air force and Syrian chemical weapons

Israel has never indicated whether these reports are based on facts. But let’s assume that they are based on solid facts and that in recent years, the Israeli air force (IAF) has been busy destroying potential dangers to the country. According to the foreign press, only some of these pre-emptive strikes came to public knowledge, […]

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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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