I don't think Assad is involved in this. Sounds like Quds Force are retaliating for previous Israeli bombings and the Israelis are reciprocating.Would be suicidal by Assad doing this now. But this is a sentence that we find ourselves saying quite frequently these days.
They've been waiting to retaliate for Israeli strikes on their position inside Syria, but were holding off until Trump made a final decision on the Iran deal. Now that he has, the gloves are officially off.Why would Iran start shit with Israel the day after Trump throws US-Iran diplomacy into the bonfire?
I’m waiting for Trump to use it in the reverse... as a “told ya so!”They've been waiting to retaliate for Israeli strikes on their position inside Syria, but were holding off until Trump made a final decision on the Iran deal. Now that he has, the gloves are officially off.
Its the inverse. Bibi is using the fact that Trump is in office as a hedge that he can be more aggressive in dealing with Iran. Part of that is a propaganda campaign for Trump to ditch the JCPOA and part is his own actions to bomb Quds Force positions inside Syria. He likely wouldn't have done this to the extent he has if Obama was still in office. Trump has to a degree liberated him to act without worrying about US criticism if he does. He has also put on a bit of a charm offensive with Putin to cover his bases there as well, should he decide to launch a sustained air and ground campaign inside Syria.Do you guys think Trump, Bolton and the rest of the hawks will use Israel vs Iran as an excuse to attack? They can say that their ally is in a war, and that they are obliged to support.
Or simply, the threat of conflict (or conflict itself) makes the oil price soar and the Russians just sit back and watch the cash roll in since 50% of their budget is pegged to fossil fuels.US goes to war with Iran -> Strait of Hormuz becomes a war zone -> Saudi oil supply put in jeopardy -> Russian oil supply becomes easier to obtain -> Russian oligarchs profit
The conspiratorial side of me is peaking out tonight.
I can't help but feel we as a world still treat Israel with kid gloves because of the Holocaust.To be honest I'm pro Palestinian people and don't get why the west defends the aggressive Israeli state to the hilt. Whilst I wouldnt mind seeing someone stand up to them I dont think an Iran Israel conflict is good for anyone other than the usual suspects.
“Iran is in the process of building a war machine in Syria, and we are determined to prevent it from materializing on the ground,” Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, a former head of Military Intelligence and one-time national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told reporters on Monday.
The coming days will probably show if the assessment in the last quote is valid for the present clashes or not; if this confrontation will be limited for now, or if Israel decides to go a step further.According to Amidror, Israel, as much as Iran, is looking to keep the situation in Syria from escalating out of control and would therefore limit its retaliation as well.
Referred to as well:Biggest clashes on the Golan since 1974 apparently. Interestingly Netanyahu was with Putin earlier today.
-----Netanyahu, for instance, is reportedly set to present the information about Tehran’s preparations to strike Israel to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Moscow later this week. This, Israel hopes, may convince Putin that his desire for stability in Syria does not align with Tehran’s plans to use the country as a launching pad for attacks against Israel.
Judging by the everyday episodes you sometimes post, the place you live is really something else.God dammit
The religious nutters will be quoting Revelation in 3..2..1..
Borders rely on mutual acceptance, and you conveniently leave out the other side. Hezbollah isn't accepting any border in the north, Hamas isn't accepting any border in the south, Iran isn't accepting any border even behind the Golan. They don't accept Israel's existence as a whole, so the borders argument is a bit hypocritical.Golaan is Syrian. The Israelis need to understand the notion of borders.
Borders rely on law. The occupation of the Golan violates international law.Borders rely on mutual acceptance, and you conveniently leave out the other side. Hezbollah isn't accepting any border in the north, Hamas isn't accepting any border in the south, Iran isn't accepting any border even behind the Golan. They don't accept Israel's existence as a whole, so the borders argument is a bit hypocritical.
As long as these forces want to meet in al Quds along with "millions of martyrs" (Nasrallah, Sinwar), Israel would be a bit stupid to ignore what's going on beyond their borders.
The occupation is legal - Israel took the Golan in a defensive war. It's the subsequent annexation and settlements that are problematic.Borders rely on law. The occupation of the Golan violates international law.
The Syrian government and it's allies are well within their rights.
They are technically still at war. Israel isn't suicidal enough to give the Golan to Syria because of strategic depth. They kind of figured that if Syria was to attack again the Golan is a natural buffer.The occupation is legal - Israel took the Golan in a defensive war. It's the subsequent annexation and settlements that are problematic.
On the other hand Syria has never recognized the state of Israel.