"Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said in closed talks that a strategic window of opportunity exists that could increase military pressure against Iranian targets in Syria. In Bennett's view, the IDF needs to act more intensively in Syria.
|Naftali Bennet Israeli Defense Minister|
Bennett called his conception of the tactics needed on the northern front, "braking to the exit." He said Iran's military force is still weak, so the danger posed to Israel is lower than it otherwise would be.
According to Bennett, the current policy under which Israel has been operating in recent years, known in the IDF as the "Campaign between Wars", should be changed, in order to harm Iran's establishment in Syria and other regions.
According to Bennett, there is now an opportunity to curb Iran and even cause it to leave Syria. This is in tandem with the US sanctions that are already seriously hurting the Iranian economy.
"If we do not act today and take advantage of the window of opportunity," Bennett argues, "in the more distant future, the risk will be greater, and they will paralyze us because of the military capability that is going to develop. More offensive military action alongside increased US economic sanctions and political pressure, these are the things that could get Iran out of Syria."The Defense Minister is clearing looking to increase militarily against Syria. In tandem with US economic sanctions and political pressure. By US political pressure does Bennett mean the continued occupation of Syria by the US and friends? Including, but not limited to, occupying Syrian oil fields which would certainly qualify as political pressure.
Deployment of US military hardware in one of the key centers of oil extraction in Syria — Rumeilan District in the Al-Hasakah Province — strains tensions in the country, Russian Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters on Friday.
"We cannot welcome that [redeployment of US military equipment]. On the contrary, it only leads to unnecessary escalation and tensions," he said.
"Natural resources should belong to the people and this country and, naturally, should be controlled by the legitimate government considering that all other issues should be resolved through contacts that are happening between Syrians themselves in Astana, Geneva or any other place."
Bogdanov added that issues of illegal foreign military presence as well as cessation of hostilities in Syria will be the key topics at the upcoming Astana peace talks in Nur-Sultan on December 10.
On Thursday, the Syrian SANA news agency reported that US military hardware was being redeployed to the Rumeilan District. According to the agency, dozens of pieces of military equipment are redeployed.
US and Israel tag teaming? To increase attacks on Syria? Entirely realistic.
Keeping in mind the massive instability in Iraq.
Sure looks as if a plan is coming together..