Russian Il-76 airlifter lands at the Khmeimim Air Base in March 2016 (Courtesy: AFP)

Brigadier-General Dror Shalom, the head of the IDF Military Intelligence’s Research Division, has said that Israeli military is avoiding a clash with Russia following the crash of a Russian plane in Syria last year.

“We are holding a very delicate dialogue with the Russians,” Brig. Gen. Shalom said in an interview with the Israel Hayom daily. “We don’t want to clash with them, but they also understand how much damage we can do. They know we aren’t suckers. Still, we’re being very careful and walking on tiptoe – but as far as I understand, we have some freedom of action to some degree.”

On 17 September 2018, Syria’s S-200 air defence system downed Russian jet Il-20 while it was over the Mediterranean Sea heading to the Hmeimim air base. The Russian Defence ministry said Israeli fighters preparing for a strike on targets in Syria used the Russian aircraft as a shield against Syrian air defences.

Moscow also stated that the IDF gave less than a minute’s warning ahead of the strike, which wasn’t enough to take the doomed Il-20 out of the path of Syrian missiles. Israel rejected the accusations and pinned the blame on Syria; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, expressed regret at the loss of 15 Russian personnel in a call to Vladimir Putin. Russia’s president then downplayed the tension, blaming the tragedy on a “chain of tragic circumstances.”

‘It’s All About Iran’

Dror Shalom also said that Israel is now facing a volatile situation where “at the end of the day, it’s all about Iran.” He claims that “Iran is transferring specialised missile capabilities to Syria and is organising its militias there,” which would fight against Israel in a potential conflict with Hezbollah, a militant group based in the neighbouring Lebanon. Iran denies providing military support to militants in Syria.

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Israel conducts airstrikes against targets in Syria and Lebanon that it claims belong to either Hezbollah or Iran. In late August, drones struck a Hezbollah office in Beirut, which was attributed to Israel despite the IDF not admitting its role. While Israel rarely acknowledges the airstrikes, the rationale behind them is the fear in Tel Aviv that Hezbollah represents a grave threat to its security.

Hezbollah is ‘Playing with Fire’

When asked what Hezbollah leader Nasrallah concluded from that strike, Dror Shalom said: “I think he’s playing with fire. Still, it wasn’t an incident that he would start a war over. I think he can be made to stop the precision missile project.”

The intelligence officer suggested that Nasrallah “is slowly realising what he got himself into… I think he hoped his response would not result in any Israeli soldiers being killed.”

Dror Shalom also revealed that Israel has genuine concerns about potential strikes by pro-Iran forces from Iraq. He claimed that the Quds Force, the unit within Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards in charge of exterritorial operations, has “put a lot of time into Iraq, from a geopolitical perspective” and is using the country “as a base for Iranian military capabilities, with militias and allies.”

In August, an unclaimed attack on an ammunition depot at a base belonging to an Iraqi paramilitary force reportedly killed one person and left 13 injured. Israel did not claim responsibility for the blasts but was widely suspected by Iraqi authorities and militias to have been behind them.

 

Source: Sputnik

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What Nonsense…If Russia gives green light to Hezbollah and SAA and also supply offensive weapons…Israel would face another defeat like they suffered in Lebanon war 2006…we have seen that Patriot missile and even iron Dome cannot stop a masive attacks using cruise missile and drones!

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Taming the rabid zionist dog has always been nothing more than political decision for Putin, never a military one. And the long series of increasingly reckless and irresponsible actions over the past months from the former have gradually pushed the Tzar towards a definitive stance in that regard that will simply erase Israeli presence away from Syrian skies. It’s just a waiting game that the Syrians and Persians will win down the line, and simply take the necessary pinprick attacks along the way as they’ve done while growing and consolidating there. Nutty-bye-bye will understand from the safety of his personal… Read more »

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You’re totally out of reality. Historical revisionism is futile.
Oh, BTW, there are queues for food in Tehran now…
When the population will be enough hungry, we’ll see how long it’ll take to the mullahs before they end hung to street lights…

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Nah mate, I’m stating facts all along, and you know it full well. Documented, verifiable, open-source and accessible. And certainly not some occult genocidal bullocks based on nuclear fantasies of a zio-caveman stuck in time. This is the true difference between you and me.

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Oh, you have no ideas of the differences between you and me. You’re the cockroach and we’re the pest control.

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Ahhhh come don’t go all angry now, you”re just a deluded a**e with zero culture and I’m a factual guy with a normal IQ. No offense,again caught stating facts 😂😂😂

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“We’re stupidly arrogant, inbred, coward baby-killers….but not suckers….” IDF General.

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They have less children blood on their hands than the Khamenei regime…
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They didn’t sent 15,000+ children to the gallows in 3 months time…

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Look like This IDF cowards have not learn lesson . This devil worshipper think they cant wipe those people who have faith in themselves and in the God. This Zionist scum don’t know Hasan Nashrallah and the ressitance which has stretch from iran to lebnon to yeman and reached the door of alaqsa. LOOK like Zionist has forgotten what has happen to thier Forefathers in battle of Khayber. This Zionist can fight from the air only but gorund reality they are not even near to it.

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If Hassan Nashrallah hides in a bunker for 12 years, he knows why.
Do not mistake resistance and pestilence, thanks to Hezbollah presence in Lebanese govt, here’s Beirut now :
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” We are walking on tiptoes “…. soon you will be dancing on air. The way of all criminals.

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Dictator Khamenei will end like Mussolini, hung by the feet with a butcher’s hook
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Sic Semper Tyrannis

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You’ll die and be eaten by worms before that happens, assuming it ever happens. And if it does, it will be exclusively by Persian hands which will also break any Israeli fingers trying to interfere in the process. And we all know they will try their hand at that one.

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(We are walking on tip toe ). because they are scared and must be very careful now and stop bullying as their usual .. recently .. only since a month or so! Not merit to Russians ! the aircraft downing event has nothing to do with them cowards. after that went they kept their aggressions systematically…