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Report: Israeli Raid Likely Culprit For Destruction Of Russian Missiles In Syria
| Business Insider ^ | 2 hours 6 minutes ago July 9, 2013 | By Geoffrey Ingersoll

Posted on 07/09/2013 11:04:32 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

REUTERS/Baz Ratner New reports of strikes on Russian anti-ship missiles near the port of Latakia, Syria, seem to indicate another possible Israeli strike, Reuters reports.

This would be the fourth such strike this year.

From Reuters:

Rebels described huge blasts - the ferocity of which, they said, was beyond the firepower available to them but consistent with that of a modern military like Israel's.

Israel has not confirmed or denied involvement. The Syrian government has not commented on the incident, beyond a state television report noting a "series of explosions" at the site.

As has been the trend, Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the strikes.

Israel warned Russia just this May not to arm Syria with missiles.

 "At this stage I can't say there is an escalation. The shipments have not been sent on their way yet. And I hope that they will not be sent," said Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon last May . But "if God forbid they do reach Syria, we will know what to do."

Though Yaalon's warning was about s300 anti-aircraft missiles, the anti-ship missiles at Syria's port could easily threaten Israeli or American ships operating in the Mediterranean.

From Reuters:

 Such weaponry, Israeli officials have made clear, would include the long-range Yakhonts, which could help Hezbollah repel Israel's navy and endanger its offshore gas rigs.

Yaalon has already been asked about the blasts reported in Latakia, and his words remained largely the same, telling reporters,  "We have set red lines in regards to our own interests, and we keep them.

(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; israel; latakia; lebanon; redline; russia; s300; syria; waronterror; yakhont
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1 posted on 07/09/2013 11:04:32 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Israel will continue to DO what is necessary to survive.

They need not comment.


2 posted on 07/09/2013 11:08:19 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Damn, and I had the Knights of Columbus in the office pool...


3 posted on 07/09/2013 11:09:21 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MestaMachine; Marine_Uncle; NormsRevenge; SJackson; TigersEye; onyx; justa-hairyape; SunkenCiv; ...
Major hit.

How dies Putin respond?

4 posted on 07/09/2013 11:09:33 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

5 posted on 07/09/2013 11:10:14 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

LOL


6 posted on 07/09/2013 11:10:45 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Israel needs to find a path where Israel, Russia and Assad all win. Assad has problems far bigger than Israel and one Russian ICBM on Tel Aviv would end Israel.
7 posted on 07/09/2013 11:12:31 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Major hit. How dies Putin respond?

It depends on whether Russia's been paid. If they have, he'll ask if the Syrians (or their backers) want to buy more.

8 posted on 07/09/2013 11:13:02 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks Reuters...you pos’s. Keep stirring.


9 posted on 07/09/2013 11:13:09 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

-—I hope they can create a nuclear “accident” in Iran, one of these days-—


10 posted on 07/09/2013 11:18:07 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The world is just a little bit better when Syria’s missile inventory is reduced. Seems a little odd to blame those pesky Israelis without solid proof.


11 posted on 07/09/2013 11:20:27 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
RE: "How does Putin respond?"
Most likely as they have in the psst. That they feel obligated to honor their military sales agreements with Syria. /sarc.
12 posted on 07/09/2013 11:20:43 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: Truth29

Israel would counter punch with three subs that all carry nuclear weapons; all the players have so been advised of such, hence no one really wants (as a State or Nation) to have their capital city among others destroyed in a ball of fire. Turn about is fair play, an eye for an eye.


13 posted on 07/09/2013 11:21:04 AM PDT by Jumper
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To: Truth29

Exactly right. Israel has a top notch military, That said, they aren’t going to beat up on the Russians Or even give them a spanking.They have been good at finding ways to get out of those situations where they find themselves between a “rock and a hard place”,and they need to do it once more..


14 posted on 07/09/2013 11:33:14 AM PDT by Quickgun (I got here kicking,screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I can go out that way if I have to)
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To: Jumper; Truth29
Israel would counter punch with three subs that all carry nuclear weapons; all the players have so been advised of such, hence no one really wants (as a State or Nation) to have their capital city among others destroyed in a ball of fire. Turn about is fair play, an eye for an eye.

The phrase, "Never again!" in reference to the Shoah (Holcaust) is really incomplete. It really should read, "Never again...but if again, then not for free."

Surely, the Russkies aren't so stupid as to think that they'll get off scot-free for nuking Israel.

15 posted on 07/09/2013 11:39:52 AM PDT by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: Truth29
Israel needs to find a path where Israel, Russia and Assad all win.

Israel wants Assad out. Do you think they want to face a strong nationalist Syria with a large military and modern economy or do they want a broken up region of squabbling ethno-religious rump states ruled by backward militants? They want to have happen in Syria what the US/NATO did to Libya and Iraq.

The US/NATO is arming Al Qaeda in Syria to behead Christians and eat their hearts. Do you think this is being done for US national security interests?

16 posted on 07/09/2013 11:40:10 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto
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To: ConservativeMan55

It was Captain Obvious’s day off.


17 posted on 07/09/2013 11:42:00 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Israel will do whatever it needs to do to insure its safety and survival.
Russia knows this.


18 posted on 07/09/2013 11:42:57 AM PDT by faithhopecharity ((S)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
I thought that the U.S.'s main beef with Assad II (before he started to fire on funeral processions) was his alliance with Iran.

The U.S. you know deposed an Iranian government in the early 1950s. They haven't forgotten.

But maybe you have someone else in mind to blame for everything.
19 posted on 07/09/2013 11:52:22 AM PDT by kenavi (Debunk THIS!)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
It depends on whether Russia's been paid. If they have, he'll ask if the Syrians (or their backers) want to buy more.

You do not send weapons into a war zone before the check clears. Those missiles have been paid for.

20 posted on 07/09/2013 11:57:09 AM PDT by Greysard
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