Maj. Gen Eshel says that Syria’s arming ‘will produce confidence, aggressive behavior’; IDF chief stresses ‘military faces real scenario of confrontation on multiple fronts’
Air Force Commander Major General Amir Eshel said Wednesday that S-300 advanced missile defense system will soon land in the hands of the Syrian army.
Speaking at a convention in Herzliya, Eshel added “there is a clear understanding that such capabilities will produce confidence and aggressive behavior.”
Tag Archives: Israel News
Could Israel neutralize the S-300 missile defense system? An IAF officer suggested in 2008 that Israel was already working on neutralizing the S-300.
A top IAF officer also said this week that Israel needed to do “everything possible” to prevent the S-300 from reaching the region.
“Russia will have to think real hard before delivering this system to Iran, which is possibly on the brink of conflict with either Israel or the US, since if the system is delivered, an EW [electronic warfare] system will likely be developed to neutralize it, and if that happens it would be catastrophic not only for Iran but also for Russia,” the defense official said.
Neutralization of one of the main components of Russian air defense would be a blow to Russian national security as well as to defense exports.
[Published on 8/8/2008]
The Israelis have a record of hacking air-defense systems. Israel’s attack on Syria’s nuclear reactor in 2007 used an air-defense hacking system called Suter.
What is Suter?
Israel’s amazing attack in Syria on September 6th left just about everybody scratching their heads. How did they do that? Well, meet “Suter”.
Suter is an airborne network attack system. It hacks into enemy air defense systems so that they can be taken over. Suter includes some powerful sensors for detecting a large assortment of electronic emissions. Computer software can identify the emitters based on a database of known emitters. Based on this information potential entry points into air defense systems can be exploited. Suter can monitor enemy emitters, mislead them or shut them down.
Senior Suter is a Big Safari-managed special access program. Big Safari itself is a shadowy Air Force unit that has developed small numbers of specialized reconnaissance systems, including drones, in what are often classified programs. Big Safari is a specialized process of acquisition and contracting management process that supports 20-24 projects at any one time and includes responsibility for logistics sustainment for over 50 aircraft.
Greece has the S-300 air defense system, and Israel is training with it. They were training with the S-300 back in 2008. Do you think the Israelis might have accomplished anything in the last 5 years?
Greece has the same Russian S-300 ground-to-air radar systems as Iran. A June 2008 exercise with Israel may be preparation for strike.
While the Israeli-Greek air tactics were amply reported in the world’s media after initial reports in the New York Times, the pivotal information from Greece’s S-300 batteries has remained below the radar. By swarming its jets into the S-300’s massive electronics, Israel was able to record invaluable information about defeating, jamming and circumventing the Russian system.
Israel dubbed its exercise “Glorious Spartan.” It is recalled that 300 glorious Spartans went down in history by forestalling the massive Persian army at a tiny land passage at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. The tiny Jewish State is now contemplating whether it must act unilaterally to forestall Iran’s nuclear threat.
[Published on 7/14/2008]
It appears that Israel’s success with Suter in its 2007 strike on Syria might be replayed in the not too distant future. This will be a major embarassment for Russia and expose Russia’s vulnerabilities.
Ex-Military Intelligence senior worried Iron Dome may fail against strike on Tel Aviv. ‘Assad losing control of arsenal,’ claims Major-General (res.) Dayan. Russian long-range missiles shipment raises tensions
Israelis awoke to reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad has placed advanced surface-to-surface Tishreen missiles on standby with orders to strike at Tel Aviv if Israel launches another air strike on Syrian targets.
The report was based on reconnaissance satellite photos said to show preparations for the deployment of the missiles, which Israeli analysts say could cause extensive damage to the country.
“I’m not sure Israel has an answer to some of the missiles which the Syrians have and I’m not sure that the (anti-missile system) Iron Dome can be successful here,” Mordechai Kedar, a former senior military intelligence official and professor of Middle East Studies at Bar Ilan University told The Media Line.
When I am on vacation and have internet access, then I usually try to tweet some articles that I am reading. Unfortunately, I am unable to post articles from my tablet.
Palestinian-Syrian group forming units to fight for Golan | JPost | Israel News http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Palestinian-Syrian-group-forming-units-to-fight-for-Golan-312820 … via @Jerusalem_Post
China’s and India’s Dangerous Game – Atlantic Mobile http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/05/chinas-and-indias-dangerous-game/275622/ …
Economist Roche: Crisis Will Ensue from Central Bank Easing http://www.moneynews.com/FinanceNews/Roche-easing-crisis-central-bank/2013/05/10/id/503808 … via @Newsmax_Media
On the Brink http://nyti.ms/12jWnoh
The Next Pandemic: Not if, but When http://nyti.ms/10eDrbs
The paper quotes Iranian sources as saying the response to Israel’s alleged strikes will be made on two levels. The first being “blows under the belt in several locations,” which could be done inside Syria under the policy of “contain, squeeze and crush,” or outside of it, while maintaining the “terror balance.”
The second possible way of response will be calling a meeting of “the friends of the Syrian people” in Tehran in two weeks, in which Iran will “announce a new initiative for a Syrian solution.” More than 40 countries will be invited, and President Assad will be represented by ministers Ali Haidar and Qadri Jamil.
Two weeks from today is May 23rd. This meeting could be significant. We could see a major retaliation against Israel after May 23rd.
BBC Persian reporter: Residents heard blasts in Iranian capital in an area where Iran carries out missile research, storage.
Don’t know if this means much. Still too early to know.
“Syria has its hands full, but I’m surprised the regime hasn’t attacked Israel already as a way of deflecting attention to the common Israeli enemy,” Matthew Levitt, a senior fellow and director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Stein Program on Counter-terrorism and Intelligence, and the former deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the US Department of the Treasury, told The Jerusalem Post.
“As for Iran and Hezbollah, they’re already at full tilt in a shadow war against Israel and the West,” he said.
A move to deflect the focus from the Syrian battle to the Israeli front could provide relief for the constant media and international attention that has been focused on the Syrian conflict.
At the same time, Hezbollah and Syria know they would pay severely for any direct attack on Israel, but how much longer can they absorb Israeli attacks without responding?
Iran stated on Sunday that Israel’s attack on Syria would “shorten the Zionist entity’s life,” Hezbollah’s Al-Manar website reported.
“The attack carried out by the Zionist regime will shorten this fake regime’s life,” Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi was quoted as saying on the website of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, as reported by Al-Manar.
Former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said Sunday that Israel can handle the outcomes of a military strike on Iran. “We’ve worked long and hard to prepare ourselves,” he said at a Jerusalem Post conference in New York.
Former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, who also spoke at the conference, echoed Ashkenazi’s statements saying that Israel can mount an attack on its own, without US assistance and can handle the consequences.
Israel fears that the area – largely quiet for almost 40 years despite the continued formal state of war between the two countries – is becoming a “hot border”. The Syrian Golan is now mostly in the hands of opposition forces, with large numbers of regime troops being redeployed to other battlefronts in recent weeks. But, say Israel and western military analysts, the presence of Islamist jihadists among the opposition forces is strong.
“We are seeing terror organisations gaining footholds increasingly in the territory,” said Lt Gen Benny Gantz, Israel’s military chief, last week. “For now, they are fighting Assad. Guess what? We’re next in line.”