Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Israel threatens to strike Russian missile shipments to Syria


Israel’s defence minister on Tuesday signalled that his military is prepared to strike shipments of advanced Russian weapons to Syria, in a rare implied threat to Moscow.

Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon issued his warning shortly after a top Russian official said his government reserves the right to provide Syria with state-of-the-art S-300 air defence missiles.

Israel has been lobbying Moscow to drop the sale, fearing the missiles would upset the balance of power in the region and could slip into the hands of hostile groups, including the Lebanese militant Hezbollah, a close ally of the Syrian regime.

“As far as we are concerned, that is a threat,” Yaalon told reporters when asked about the S300s.

“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,” he said. But “if God forbid they do reach Syria, we will know what to do.”

In Moscow, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, wouldn’t say whether Russia has shipped any of the long-range S-300 air defence missile systems, but insisted that Moscow isn’t going to abandon the deal despite strong Western and Israeli criticism.

“We understand the concerns and signals sent to us from different capitals. We realize that many of our partners are concerned about the issue,” Ryabkov said. “We have no reason to revise our stance.”

He said the missiles could be a deterrent against foreign intervention in Syria and would not be used against Syrian rebels, who do not have an air force.

“We believe that such steps to a large extent help restrain some ’hotheads’ considering a scenario to give an international dimension to this conflict,” he said.


  1. I am actually working on a larger post, but, this is interesting.

    1. israel is getting increasingly desperate and increasingly stupid. What can a bully do but bluff all the way up to a confrontation and then back down at the very last minute. I think Russia is fully prepared and has israel's 'number'.

      I wouldn't be surprised if the 'blood rituals' of Boston, London and now France are designed to take the western public's attention away from the deepening black hole of bad PR for israel in the middle east.

    2. Hey James

      Israel is making lots of noise...
      It looks so far like it is bluster.
      But, this is scary and dangerous for the world.
      Bad PR for Israel?
      IN Israel's view no PR can be bad PR
      Imagine the christian zionist lot all waiting for the rapture....
      Then the khazar crowd in Israel with their 'gods chosen' indoctrination
      I shudder, it all I can do.shudder

    3. Hey Pen, I don't mean to sound cavalier. These are huge stakes, as you point out.
      Good point about the christian zionists. But israel needs to be seen as both the more powerful party but yet also the victim to rally americans to fight their war for them. Americans (the administrators) are much less likely to fight for them if the israelis are seen as losers Same for the American public as they are educated to admire winners and look down on losers. The public are also much less likely to send off their children if the israelis are seen as provocateurs.

  2. Love it. My lonely Little Unemployed Chronic Low-Life World Just took an Unexpected Turn for the Happier.
    "Roar", Goes the Peanut Size Gangster-State, Too Funny.

    1. "Roar", Goes the Peanut Size Gangster-State

      thanks for that. "peanut size gangster state"
      good descriptor

  3. Austria to withdraw peacekeepers from the Golan Heights


    "The Austrian government has started preparations for the withdrawal of the country’s peacekeepers from the Golan Heights where they have been monitoring an Israeli-Syrian ceasefire under the UN authorization.

    The Austrian government took the decision soon after the EU Council meeting at the foreign ministers’ level failed to agree on the extension of arms embargo to Syria that will end on June 1.

    The Austrian authorities have expressed fear that weapons from Europe might fall into the hands of extremists who would use them also against peacekeepers on the Golan Heights.

    The withdrawal of Austrian peacekeepers from the Golan Heights where they have been staying since 1974 will put an end to the international operation because out of one thousand peacekeepers 380 are Austrian servicemen."

    Austria was one of the more rational nations that argued against lifting the EU ban on supporting Israel's terrorists in Syria. As the more craven of Israel's colonies in the EU (the EU itself is an Israeli owned institution) have been arming these terrorists all along, and training and leading them, on the sly, the lifting of the ban is mostly symbolic in that respect. Likely, though, it will be used by Israel to call its quislings to a much expanded role in Israel's expansionist wars on its neighbours.

    вот так

    1. Interesting about the Austrian withdrawal?
      You know there was an Austrian/Canadian allegedly kidnapped at Golan
      I did a post on that news, which got the strangest visitors...
      And it was reported on once and then went away
      That story remains IMO very highly suspicious


      After the last comment the hits kept coming.. from Vietnam and other odd countries?
      By odd, I mean countries I would not think residents would be interested in Campeau
      who by the way is, of course, one of the Khazar crowd.