Israeli-Iranian confrontation in Syria
- Author: Jon Douglas Feb 14, 2018,
Feb 14, 2018, 17:48
Anyone with a weapon appears to be invited to a horrific conflict that has seen Syrians bombed by almost a dozen different countries - the USA military alliance in the east of the country includes Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, France has bombed targets in the country, Russia's air force is in constant action, Turkey has invaded the north, while Israel bombs at will - as well as their own government. And the possibility becomes much more probable that the cycle of the steps and countersteps could lead to an open escalation.
The Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, along with its allies Russia, Hezbollah and Iran, has been gaining the upper hand against the many-sided imperialist intervention that has turned more than half of Syria's 25 million people into external and internal refugees and killed at least 220,000 of them.
In the past week, the USA military opened a new bombing attack on forces loyal to the government in Damascus and the Israeli Air Force targeted what it called "Iranian bases" in Syria with a massive attack.
A flood of Israeli trash talk against Iran also followed.
"The American part of the equation is to back us up", but the United States now "has nearly no leverage on the ground", he said. Finally, the Iranian people's protests against their government's economic mismanagement at home and adventurism overseas indicate that the regime should be wary of increasing its commitments in Syria. Iran seems determined to remain there. "It's disgusting, it's horrific, and it's evil, and we would like to see that stop". An Iranian chief-of-staff came to Syria a couple of months ago with a list of demands, both on the economic and security level: for example mining rights, including Uranium and building bases.
Mr Steinitz warned against Iran supplying weapons to the Assad regime and the military group Hezbollah. It may also illustrate the real-life consequences of the Trump administration's steadfast - and possibly illegal - unwillingness to confront Russian influence and ambition.
While the WaPo only took a few hours to update its story to correct the inaccurate claim that the Iranian drone was downed over Syrian territory, the SMH failed to follow suit.
Tehran denied any involvement in the drone penetration claim made by Israel. Their main interest here is to keep on building the independent capacities of the Assad regime.
Russian soldiers dying in battle so far from home can erode support even for the most powerful dictator. So far, the Russians have been able to sustain the friction between those sides.
In the past, the Americans were an important part in the Israelis' policy regarding Syria and Lebanon.
February 12, 2018 (EIRNS)-One of the messages coming out of Israel in the aftermath of Israeli air raids into Syria on February 10 is that it's Moscow to which Israeli leaders are looking to help de-escalate tensions, not the United States.
Abandoning arms shipments and support for Hezbollah would be a major blow to the common goal of enabling a Lebanese fighting force to withstand a near-inevitable conflict with Israel. "The government is meeting-I have to assure you that this is a top issue for us".
"I think that this incident is likely to be contained", he said.
Nonetheless, Russia appears to be the sole country capable of playing the role of mediator, as Moscow has warm ties with both Iran and Israel. The shockwave of a third war in this region would have an impact over the Mediterranean.
"We will continue to defend our vital security and other interests".