Skip to comments.Report: Israeli Raid Likely Culprit For Destruction Of Russian Missiles In Syria
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.
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.
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.
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Israel will continue to DO what is necessary to survive.
They need not comment.
Damn, and I had the Knights of Columbus in the office pool...
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.
Thanks Reuters...you pos’s. Keep stirring.
-—I hope they can create a nuclear “accident” in Iran, one of these days-—
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.
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.
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..
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.
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?
It was Captain Obvious’s day off.
Israel will do whatever it needs to do to insure its safety and survival.
Russia knows this.
You do not send weapons into a war zone before the check clears. Those missiles have been paid for.
Another natural gas leak accident.
“How dies Putin respond?”
He doesn’t. He has been coordinating with Israel all along. Contrary to popular opinion, Putin is not satan.
“We have set red lines in regards to our own interests, and we keep them.”
I remember a day when our leaders would say such a thing.
Russian missiles spontaneously exploding?
I’d ask Russia for my money back.
Actually, that phrase has more to do with Masada, but your point is well taken.
National security. You must be joking. The US government could care less about the security of US citizens. Just ask Ambassador Stevens or residents living along the US southern border. The worse possible outcome is for terrorists in Syria getting a hold of WMD and attacking Israel. That is concern number 1 for Israel and appears to be the last concern of Obama and the Oligarchy.
>> “one Russian ICBM on Tel Aviv would end Israel.” <<
Read your Bible.
Nothing will end Israel!
Attacking Israel will end the temporary experiment in human governance abruptly.
>> “Surely, the Russkies aren’t so stupid as to think that they’ll get off scot-free for nuking Israel” <<
Russia is not the decider of its own destiny.
Russia and the northern islamic nations are under the control of two demonic “Princes” (Gog and Magog) who will be enticed to attack by Yehova.
My thought, too. So, Vlad doesn't care... he'll sell replacements. I wonder who's paying, though. Iran?
The acts of wars we don’t hear about. ThX!
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
USA/Obama: Big Talk, No Action.
Israel: Big Action, No Talk
Thanks for the typo correction.
I wonder how long before Bibi is doing high fives, football spiking, acting a fool...oh wait...wrong country!
...reports of strikes on Russian anti-ship missiles near the port of Latakia, Syria, seem to indicate another possible Israeli strike, Reuters reports... the fourth such strike this year... 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.
I could use a backup editor myself on occasions. :)
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon... "if God forbid they do reach Syria, we will know what to do... We have set red lines in regards to our own interests, and we keep them."
The Russians are trying to keep Israel from getting more directly involved, and (imo) the Israelis have been bluffing the Russians to keep them worried about when and whether the IDF will behead Assads regime. This is a situation where Russia holds almost no cards, and (from the terminology of The Big Bang Theory) really hold just a handful of Enchanted Bunny.
The Russians know (in case they didnt know before) that they cant trust Assad, cant trust Iran, and cant trust the Hizzies -- to say nothing of the many thousands of other combatants. Theyre not exactly loved in Lebanon, either. Israel is their only option, but unless they can extricate themselves from Assad (IOW, assassinate him as they did their own puppet ruler decades ago in Afghanistan, thus bringing down the entire country on their heads), they cant make deals with Israel.
Abbas is screwed too, and knows it.
Hamas is screwed too, and knows it.
Israel has also been keeping Zero on their side, and a bit off-balance.
The Hizzies are going to go the way of all flesh, probably sooner rather than later, and Israels success in denying the Hizzies those indirect weapons transfers from the NeoSoviet regime has bound the Hizzies even tighter in their role as proxies of Iran. Iran wanted their blunt instrument to have some stuff they otherwise couldnt get, and the Hizzies wanted it (for somewhat different reasons) and that attempt failed.
A year from now the Hizzies will be worn down from feeding themselves to the guns in Syria, and losing their last grip on power in Lebanon -- but only if Assad hangs on. Of course, if Assad goes, the Hizzies (plus the other thugs more recently arrived in Syria from Iran) will be left trying to maintain all-out war against al-Qaeda and everyone else capable of shooting at them, both in Syria and in Lebanon (and for that matter, Israel). The Hizzies cant leave Syria with their asses whipped, but theres no way to avoid that, short of a total victory by Assad -- and that outcome is wishful thinking.
Irans supply lines will be stretched, and Iraq will turn into an inferno. Wouldnt that be a shame?
This suggests that Israel wouldnt care if Assad is overthrown.
It also suggests that Israel wouldnt care if Assad isnt.
IOW, Israel has options, and they will keep them open until its time to exercise one or more of them.
The US has options so long as there are no US boots on the ground.
Everyone else fighting in and around Syria, or aiding and abetting any of the numberless factions in Syria, are screwed. The longer that nation-sized pressure cooker keeps exploding, the better the prospects are for both the US and Israel.
And to all who are screwed in the meantime -- screw you.
Are the Russians admitting that Israel can elude their defenses?
Who needs to say more? Someone in the US Gov't, PLEASE, pay attention to this LEADER!