ISRAEL SECURITY CABINET ORDERS IDF TO CONTINUE ATTACKING IRANIAN TARGETS INSIDE SYRIA
25 September, 2018
As of about 8:31 AM eastern US time on Tuesday, the Israeli Security Cabinet concluded its Emergency Meeting regarding events in Syria and ORDERED the IDF to continue making attacks into Syria!
This was done despite the arrival of Russian S-300 air defense systems which can shoot down Israeli war planes, despite the Russian military establishing a "No-Fly Zone" over Latakia Province and despite Israeli actions having already caused the shootdown of a Russian IL-20, killing 15 aboard.
This decision by the Israeli Cabinet may go down in infamy as the single act most directly responsible for starting World War 3.
UPDATE 9:28 AM EDT --
The Russia-supplied S-300 air defense systems systems will protect the Syrian coastal area as well as the country’s borders with Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq according to sources in Russia.
“The delivery started with two-four [sets of S-300], and then, if it’s needed, this number can be expanded to six-eight,” the Russian source stated commenting on the expected number of the systems, which would be delivered.
Below is a map showing the protection the S-300 systems will INITIALLY provide to Syria. The Green areas are the Surveillance capabilities of the S-300. The Shoot-down range is LESS, almost exclusively inside Syria except for along its coast.
Also, Vladimir Ermakov, Director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry, stated that the arguments of states, who previously asked not to deliver S-300 systems to Syria, had no effect anymore.
“There is nothing at all in the area of reduction of strategic offensive weapons, missile arsenals and nuclear weapons, but the Russia-US agreements. And the current situation allows to assume that the probability of concluding some new agreements in the coming years is not very high,” Ermakov said during a press conference.
He also commented on claims by US National Security Adviser John Bolton that the S-300 delivery would be a “significant escalation”. The diplomat responded by saying that the supplies will in fact contribute to the stabilization of the region.
“The systems are purely defensive, so when the US says that defensive weapons are undermining its national security, it’s fudging,” Ermakov stated. “In fact, such actions will lead to the stabilization of the region, because we will be able to close the airspace where necessary, and, first of all, our servicemen who fulfill their international duty at the invitation of the Syrian government will be protected.”
UPDATE 9:47 AM EDT –
Mossad head Yossi Cohen is flying Tuesday to the US with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the crisis in ties with Russia, in the aftermath of last week’s downing of a Russian plane by Syrian anti-aircraft fire during an Israeli airstrike.
Army Radio said that Cohen was headed to Washington to meet with senior US officials about Russia’s decision to send S-300 advanced surface-to-air missiles to Syria, which both Jerusalem and Washington have warned would further destabilize the region and increase already high tensions.From Israel's Debka Files