An Israeli Air Force F-15 fighter jet. © Amir Cohen / Reuters

Netanyahu to Putin: Israeli Airstrikes in Syria Will Continue

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israeli forces will continue airstrikes in Syria if they deem it necessary. “If there is feasibility from an intelligence and military standpoint – we attack and so it will continue,” Netanyahu said during a visit to China, adding that he … Continue reading Netanyahu to Putin: Israeli Airstrikes in Syria Will Continue

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An Israeli F-16 fighter jet © Amir Cohen / Reuters

Russia Summoned Israeli Ambassador Over Airstrikes Near Palmyra

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Israeli ambassador in Moscow to demand explanations for the airstrikes Israel conducted near the Syrian city of Palmyra last week, the ministry confirmed. Ambassador Gary Koren was called in by Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday after news about the strike emerged, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told the … Continue reading Russia Summoned Israeli Ambassador Over Airstrikes Near Palmyra

An Israeli F-16I fighter jet lands during the Blue Flag multinational air defense exercise that is organized from the Ovda air force base over the Negev Desert © AP Photo/ JACK GUEZ

Escalation Looming? Israel to Crush Syrian Air Defense if Jets Targeted Again

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has threatened to destroy Syria's air defense systems if they target the Israeli jets once again. "The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation. Israel's security is above everything else; there will be no compromise," Lieberman said on Israeli public radio … Continue reading Escalation Looming? Israel to Crush Syrian Air Defense if Jets Targeted Again

Israel: America’s Mad Dog in Syria

Israel has played an increasingly provocative role in the destructive conflict unfolding within and along Syria’s borders since 2011. To many observers, it appears Israeli policy borders between opportunistic and unilateral aggression. In reality, Israel’s role in the Syrian conflict fits a much larger and long-term pattern with Anglo-American plans not only for Syria but … Continue reading Israel: America’s Mad Dog in Syria

Geopolitical Standoff in Post-ISIS Middle East

As the ISIS terrorist group is collapsing in Syria and Iraq, the competition among powers involved in the conflict increases. In March, Moscow and Astana become the main centers of the diplomatic activity with top leaders from Israel, Turkey, the UK and other powers discussing the issues confronting the Middle East. Ongoing events aim to … Continue reading Geopolitical Standoff in Post-ISIS Middle East

Trump Administration Ousts U.N. Official to Protect Israel From Criticism

On Wednesday, a U.N. agency published a report noting that “Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.” Yesterday, the author of that report, who has served as executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) since 2010, Rima Khalef, resigned after the Trump … Continue reading Trump Administration Ousts U.N. Official to Protect Israel From Criticism

Villages in north-eastern Syria liberated from ISIL © Sputnik/ Valery Melnikov

The ‘Birth Pangs’ of a New Middle East, Remixed

You all remember former US Secretary of State Condi Rice's notorious 2006 prediction about "birth pangs of a New Middle East." True to the George "Dubya" Bush/Cheney regime, Condi got it all spectacularly wrong, not only about Lebanon and Israel but also Iraq, Syria and the House of Saud. The Obama administration duly maintained a … Continue reading The ‘Birth Pangs’ of a New Middle East, Remixed

Israeli Media Blames Putin for Syria’s Decision to Defend Itself Against Israeli Airstrikes

"The serious exchange of missile fire between Israel and Syria early Friday morning reflects the Assad regime’s attempts to change the unofficial rules of the game." So begins a column published in Israel's Haaretz. The newspaper is of course referring to the Israeli jets that "breached Syrian air space early in the morning and attacked a … Continue reading Israeli Media Blames Putin for Syria’s Decision to Defend Itself Against Israeli Airstrikes

FILE PHOTO: An Israeli Air Force F-15 fighter jet © Amir Cohen / Reuters

Syria Claims Israeli Jet Shot Down After Strike Near Palmyra, IDF says All Aircraft Undamaged

The Syrian Army says Israeli military jets hit a “military target” near Palmyra in a raid overnight. In retaliation the jets were targeted by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles. https://cdn.rt.com/files/2017.03/58cba049c361886d638b45d9.mp4 According to a Syrian Army statement, a total of four Israeli jets breached Syrian airspace on Friday morning, Reuters reports. Syria's air defenses shot down one of … Continue reading Syria Claims Israeli Jet Shot Down After Strike Near Palmyra, IDF says All Aircraft Undamaged