Category Archives: Israel

During Visit to Syrian Capital, Iran’s Military Chief Vows to Confront Israel | Algemeiner.com

During a visit to Damascus on Wednesday for talks with Syrian officials, Iran’s military chief vowed to confront Israel and defend the Assad regime.

“It is not acceptable for the Zionist regime to violate Syria anytime it wants,” said Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported. “We are in Damascus to assert and coordinate and cooperate to confront our common enemies, the Zionists and terrorists.”

Bagheri’s comments came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Jerusalem for discussions on Iran and security coordination in Syria.

“Iran needs to understand that Israel will not allow this,” Netanyahu told Shoigu regarding the Islamic Republic’s attempt to entrench its military in Syria, near the Israeli border.

During Visit to Syrian Capital, Iran’s Military Chief Vows to Confront Israel | Algemeiner.com

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Iran military chief warns: Israeli violations of Syria are ‘unacceptable’ | The Times of Israel

Iran’s military chief of staff indicated Wednesday that Tehran would not tolerate violations of Syrian sovereignty by Israel and vowed that the two countries would jointly fight against Syria’s enemies.

His comments came after Israel on Monday struck an anti-aircraft battery inside Syria, which followed the firing of a Syrian missile at Israeli planes on reconnaissance flights over Lebanon.

“We cannot accept a situation where the Zionist entity attacks Syria from the ground and the air,” General Mohammad Bagheri said during a rare visit to Damascus that began Tuesday evening.

Iran military chief warns: Israeli violations of Syria are ‘unacceptable’ | The Times of Israel

After IAF strikes anti-aircraft battery, Syria warns of ‘dangerous consequences’ | The Times of Israel

In a statement published in official state media, the Syrian military warned Israel of “dangerous consequences for its repeated attempts of aggression.”

The Syrian military claimed the IAF aircraft entered its airspace, prompting the anti-aircraft attack. But IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said, both initially and in response to the Syrian assertion, that the reconnaissance planes “were in the skies over Lebanon, and not in Syria.”

According to the Syrians, the planes were flying near the Lebanese city of Baalbek, which is located near the Syrian border, approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Damascus.

After IAF strikes anti-aircraft battery, Syria warns of ‘dangerous consequences’ | The Times of Israel

IDF general warns Hamas: Stop using lasers to ‘blind’ troops | The Times of Israel

A top Israel Defense Forces general warned Wednesday of an Israeli “response” to “provocative” actions by Hamas, saying tensions between the sides could escalate if the terror group does not control its fighters.

“This situation is dangerous, as the continuation of the provocative blinding operations being carried out by terror operatives, even if not [done] at the instruction of their commanders, could lead to an escalation at a sensitive moment for developments in the Palestinian theater,” said Mordechai.

“You’ve been warned,” he added.

IDF general warns Hamas: Stop using lasers to ‘blind’ troops | The Times of Israel

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Escalates Threats as Syria Turns Into Iranian Base | Algemeiner.com

There is a wider Israeli warning here: Jerusalem has no intention of sitting on the side and watching Syria turn into an Iranian-Hezbollah base.

Israeli leaders are issuing their own warnings, making it clear that provocations by the Shiite axis can lead to devastation.

Furthermore, “Iran continues to act with increasing aggression in activating military forces and operations in the Middle East, closer to our border than ever, in the Lebanese and Syrian arenas [which are] as one. Iran continues to support Hezbollah, and recently, it is increasingly supporting Hamas. Iran continues to transfer advanced and precise weapons to terrorist organizations in our area,” the Mossad chief added.

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Escalates Threats as Syria Turns Into Iranian Base | Algemeiner.com

How Israel Became The Most Advanced Military In The World

From humble beginnings in a toy store, the Israel drone program is now one of the most sophisticated in the world. The Heron TP, one of Israel’s premiere drones has an 85-foot wingspan with a payload capacity of one-ton. It can carry out critical missions for a maximum of 24-hrs and shows the operational superiority of Israel in a world where chaos is the order of the day.

There was a time back in the 60s when the UK refused to sell battle tanks to Israel. That snub, in retrospect, was a blessing in disguise for the highly motivated Israeli generals and engineers. In the 70s, Israel started to build its own indigenous tanks and Merkava is the product of that effort. …

How Israel Became The Most Advanced Military In The World

The Coming Confrontation Between Israel and Iran | Council on Foreign Relations

“Israel could be a decade away from a situation where Iran has nuclear weapons and has bases in Syria—and could logically therefore even place nuclear weapons in Syria, just miles from Israel’s border.”

Whatever the American conclusion, if Iran does indeed plan to establish a large and permanent military footprint in Syria—complete with permanent naval and air bases and a major ground force—Israel will have fateful decisions to make. Such an Iranian presence on the Mediterranean and on Israel’s border would change the military balance in the region and fundamentally change Israel’s security situation. And under the JCPOA as agreed by Obama, remember, limits on Iran’s nuclear program begin to end in only 8 years, Iran may now perfect its ICBM program, and there are no inspections of military sites where further nuclear weapons research may be underway. As Sen. Tom Cotton said recently, “If Iran doesn’t have a covert nuclear program today, it would be the first time in a generation.” Israel could be a decade away from a situation where Iran has nuclear weapons and has bases in Syria—and could logically therefore even place nuclear weapons in Syria, just miles from Israel’s border.

The Coming Confrontation Between Israel and Iran | Council on Foreign Relations

Ynetnews Opinion – Israel-Iran conflict in Syria reaching point of no return

Analysis: As Tehran keeps ignoring the Israeli warnings against an Iranian expansion in the Middle East, the atmosphere created by the Trump administration against the nuclear agreement is only adding fuel to the fire. The effort to prevent a deterioration will resume immediately after the High Holy Days, but if the diplomatic move fails—Israel is likely headed toward a conflict with Iran.

The Iranian regime, it seems, isn’t taking the public warnings issued by the Israeli defense establishment heads seriously and is hectically pursuing its talks with the Syrian regime, as well as patrols in search of a military airport near Damascus which would serve as a base for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ combat squadrons.

Ynetnews Opinion – Israel-Iran conflict in Syria reaching point of no return

How Moscow Could Benefit From A Conflict Between Israel and Hezbollah

Israel’s resolve to use force may serve this goal. If conflict breaks out between Israel and Hezbollah, Moscow would probably let Hezbollah and Iran bleed in order to weaken their regional positions. But it would also seek to prevent a total Israeli victory, since it still needs Hezbollah as a strategic actor in the region, and because doing so could demonstrate to Israel the limits of its power. By settling the conflict and restoring the status quo ante bellum, Russia could validate that it matches or exceeds the United States as a force in the Middle East.

The best result for the Kremlin would thus be a short war confined to Lebanon that fades out and allows both Israel and Hezbollah to claim victory after having turned to Moscow to broker an end to the fighting. The worst outcome would be Lebanon’s disintegration—a development that would turn the country into a jihadist Pandora’s box like post-Saddam Iraq—and the spread of the fighting to the Syrian Golan Heights, which would endanger Moscow’s achievements in pacifying Syria and could destabilize the region.

Russia and the Next Lebanon War | Foreign Affairs

Hezbollah chief tells Jews to flee before Israel devastated by war | The Times of Israel

The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group on Sunday warned Jews living in Israel to leave the country as soon as possible before a destructive war between the Jewish state and his organization takes place.

Hassan Nasrallah, speaking to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura, said that the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was leading the region toward a devastating war.

Hezbollah chief tells Jews to flee before Israel devastated by war | The Times of Israel

Hezbollah says Israel pushing region to war

Lebanon’s Hezbollah accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on Sunday of pushing the region to war in Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, and said nowhere in Israel would be safe if such a conflict were to erupt.

Tensions have risen this year between Iran-backed Hezbollah and its arch enemy Israel, which last fought a major conflict in 2006. Israel has said it would use all its strength from the start in any new war with Hezbollah.

Israel is concerned by Tehran’s steadily increasing influence in the region during the six-year-old Syrian conflict, whether via its own Revolutionary Guard forces or the groups it backs, especially Hezbollah.

Hezbollah says Israel pushing region to war

Given Iran’s plans to have a substantial presence in Syria, it would appear that Israel is on a collision course with Iran and its allies. And we already know the next war will be real bad – only one side will be left standing when the dust clears.

We are always left with the question: When might there be a war?

I certainly would not be surprised if there were a war in the next year or two. In my opinion, that puts the probability of war at 50% a year until war occurs, or Iran gets out of Syria.