The most important summit is between Rohani and Putin قمّة القمم بين روحاني وبوتين

The most important summit is between Rohani and Putin

Written by Nasser Kandil,

مارس 29, 2017

Within months after Moscow Meeting which brought together Russia, Turkey, and Iran after the liberation of Aleppo which was the outcome of the Syrian-Russian-Iranian cooperation with the resistance the region especially Syria has witnessed a series of developments closer to the major tests of the major choices in a way that focus on the issues which the decision –maker needs before putting the record straight.

The new US President who has waged his electoral campaign has been tested under the titles of the war on ISIS and the cooperation with Russia. It seemed away from explaining the reasons that when the anticipated cooperation with Trump’s administration takes place, it would be conditional on the two equations of the balances of the ruling forces in Syria in favor of Russia and its allies on one hand, and the controls which will be put by the decision-maker of the US field in the Pentagon and the intelligence on the other hand. It became fixed that the hesitation and the confusion will characterize the situation of the new US administration, as well as the inability to proceed with a smooth cooperation with Russia as was suggested in the slogans of the electoral campaign, but the cooperation with Russia is no longer possible but to be a bitter indispensable fait accompli till it becomes available in politics. The decision-makers centers are controlled with the Russophobia, they try to behold this cooperation despite it is a US need conditions that are not accepted by Russia as having a role for Israel in the security of Syria, resizing the relationship with Iran, and weakening Hezbollah.

The possibilities of the strategic cooperation with Turkey have been tested in the light of their bad bet on the military option, as was seemed through the Turkish preparation by apologizing from Russia and the seeking to restore the relation with it, in addition to depend on the option of the Russian-Turkish-Iranian cooperation after the liberation of Aleppo to make a new political path in Syria starting from Astana path and away from the fate of the Turks. The tests showed that there were no strategic shifts in the Turkish performance despite the succession of the disappointments from the battle of Al Bab which did not achieve its goal through the US barter that paves the way for the Turks to enter Manbej and Raqqa in exchange of having control on the Kurds or through what they are doing by disrupting the path of Astana and driving the affiliated factions of them to a crazy war behind Al Nusra front, and within Saudi-Israeli considerations.

Israel which hides behind the US policies and the Saudi Turkish alliances has lived the test of respecting the controls and the red lines with Russia, it seemed absurd, ready to take an adventure, infiltrating behind the US aircraft which attack Al-Qaeda sites in the western of Aleppo to target sites of the Syrian army in Palmyra in order to delay the arrival of the Syrian army to the banks of the Euphrates and to give a push to the leaders of the collapsed armed groups to tell them that you are not alone, exactly as the US raid on Deir Al Zour which targeted sensitive sites of the Syrian army. Simply Israel neither took into account the symbolism of that raid, knowing that the Prime Minister of its government has already ended his visit to Moscow, nor it took into account what he has heard from the Russian President, so this put the Syrian Israeli confrontation on the brink of war.

Saudi Arabia did not receive the messages of Moscow and Tehran to proceed to the dialogue and the political solutions, it is still supporting Al Nusra front and betting on the manipulation with the Syrian balances. Despite the warnings of the dire consequences it proceeds in the war of destruction in Yemen, it engages into stupid bets to encourage Washington to take more adventures, furthermore it ignored the messages of Moscow through Cairo and Amman about the call to normalize the official Arab relationship through the Arab League with Syria in order to reserve an Arab seat in the next Syrian settlement.

The strategic conclusion which will be on the table of the first international leader and the first regional leader  is that the arena is not ready yet for the settlements on one hand, and on the other hand what has been achieved through the battles and the victories and the deterrent military presence in Syria are not enough to achieve the needed level of rationality from the international and the regional players to make needed controls, and that there must be a military deterrence presence in the field to wage a new test to discover the readiness for the serious political engagement.

It is a coincidence that this anticipated summit has been preceded by summits, but the Russian President has met the Turkish President and the Head of the occupation government in order that the Russian-Iranian summit will be the best summit.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

قمّة القمم بين روحاني وبوتين

مارس 28, 2017

ناصر قنديل

– خلال شهور أعقبت لقاء موسكو الذي جمع روسيا وتركيا وإيران في أعقاب تحرير حلب الذي كان ثمرة التعاون السوري الروسي الإيراني مع المقاومة، شهدت المنطقة وخصوصاً سورية مجموعة تطورات أقرب للاختبارات الكبرى للخيارات الكبرى، بحيث تشكل إضاءة على المسائل التي يحتاج صاحب القرار استكشافها قبل وضع النقاط على الحروف.

– جرى اختبار الرئيس الأميركي الجديد الذي خاض حملته الانتخابية تحت عناوين الحرب على داعش والتعاون مع روسيا، حيث ظهر، بعيداً عن تفسير الأسباب، أنّ التعاون المرتقب مع إدارة ترامب حين حدوثه سيكون مشروطاً بمعادلتي موازين القوى الحاكمة في سورية لصالح روسيا وحلفائها من جهة، والضوابط التي سيضعها الممسكون بالقرار الميداني الأميركي في البنتاغون والمخابرات، من جهة أخرى، فقد صار ثابتاً أنّ التردّد والارتباك يطبعان وضع الإدارة الأميركية الجديدة، والعجز عن المضيّ قدماً في تعاون سلس مع روسيا كما كان الإيحاء في شعارات الحملة الانتخابية، بل إنّ التعاون مع روسيا لم يعُد ممكناً إلا بصفته كأساً مرّة يفرضها الواقع وتبدو لا غنى عنها، حتى تصير واردة في السياسة، ومراكز صنع القرار محكومة بالروسيا فوبيا، وتحاول تحميل هذا التعاون رغم ظهوره حاجة أميركية، شروطاً لا يمكن قبولها من جانب روسيا كمثل انتزاع دور لـ«إسرائيل في أمن سورية، وتحجيم العلاقة مع إيران وإضعاف حزب الله.

– جرى اختبار فرص التعاون الاستراتيجي مع تركيا في ضوء تجربتها المرّة بالرهان على الخيار العسكري، كما بدا الأمر بالتمهيد التركي عبر الاعتذار من روسيا والسعي لترميم العلاقة معها، وما تكرّس بعد تحرير حلب من تموضع على خيار التعاون الروسي التركي الإيراني لصناعة مسار سياسي جديد في سورية، انطلاقاً من مسار أستانة، وبعيداً عن المآل الذي سينتهي إليه الأتراك، فقد أوضحت الاختبارات أن لا تحوّلات استراتيجية في الأداء التركي، رغم تعاقب الخيبات، من معركة الباب العدمية التي لم تحقق هدفها بمقايضة أميركية تفسح المجال للأتراك بدخول منبج والرقة، وتقديم رأس الأكراد لهم هدية، أو بما يفعلونه عبر تعطيل مسار أستانة وأخذ الفصائل التابعة لهم في حرب مجنونة وراء جبهة النصرة ضمن حسابات سعودية إسرائيلية .

– إسرائيل اللاعب الواقف وراء الستار في السياسات الأميركية والتحالفات السعودية والتركية، هي الأخرى عاشت روسيا معها اختبار احترام الضوابط والخطوط الحمراء، وبدت عبثية مستهترة، مستعدّة للعب على حافة الهاوية، تتسلل وراء الطائرات الأميركية التي تغير على موقع للقاعدة غرب حلب لتضرب مواقع للجيش السوري في تدمر، لتأخير وصول الجيش السوري إلى ضفاف الفرات، وترفع معنويات قادة الجماعات المسلحة المنهارة لتقول لهم لستم وحدكم، تماماً كالغارة الأميركية على دير الزور التي استهدفت مواقع حساسة للجيش السوري. وببساطة لم تقم إسرائيل حساباً لرمزية الغارة وقد أنهى رئيس حكومتها زيارة لموسكو للتوّ، ولا لما سمعه من الرئيس الروسي، ما وضع المواجهة السورية الإسرائيلية على شفا حرب.

– السعودية هي الأخرى لم تتلقف رسائل موسكو وطهران للحوار والسير بالحلول السياسية، ولا تزال تدعم جبهة النصرة وتراهن على التلاعب بالتوازنات السورية، وتمضي رغم التحذيرات من العواقب الوخيمة في حرب التدمير في اليمن، وتخوض رهانات خرقاء على تشجيع واشنطن لخوض المزيد من المغامرات، وقد ضربت عرض الحائط برسائل موسكو عبر القاهرة وعمّان حول الدعوة لتطبيع العلاقة العربية الرسمية عبر الجامعة العربية مع سورية، لحجز مقعد عربي في التسوية السورية المقبلة.

– الخلاصة الاستراتيجية التي ستكون على طاولة الزعيمين الدولي الأول والإقليمي الأول، هي أنّ الساحة ليست ناضجة بعد للتسويات من جهة، ومن جهة مقابلة فإنّ ما قدّمته المعارك والانتصارات المحققة، والحضور العسكري الرادع في سورية ليس كافياً لبلوغ منسوب العقلانية المطلوب من اللاعبين الدوليين والإقليميين لصناعة الضوابط والكوابح المطلوبة، وأن جرعة ردع عسكرية وازنة لا بدّ منها في الميدان لخوض اختبار جديد بعدها لاستكشاف مدى الجهوزية للانخراط السياسي الجدّي.

– ليست صدفة القمم التي سبقت هذه القمة المرتقبة، وقد التقى الرئيس الروسي بكلّ من الرئيس التركي ورئيس حكومة الاحتلال، لتكون القمة الروسية الإيرانية قمة القمم.

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Iran under Trump

All revolutions are constantly in evolution – on a never-ending quest for legitimacy and self-improvement. The revolution that gave birth to the Islamic Republic of Iran is no different.

Iran under Trump

Some experts argue that the Islamic revolutionary order had been solidified by the Iran-Iraq war [1980-1988], which was fueled by western states and Arab monarchies. The conflict that served to reaffirm the revolution’s anti-imperialist zeal also charted the course for Tehran’s national security agenda.

In the years that followed, the isolated, Shiite-majority state emerged as a regional powerhouse, mastering the process of mobilizing and fighting alongside external ‘non-state actors’, to keep Washington’s dogs of war away from its borders.

The last two decades, defined by the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the war effort against the Damascus government, only reaffirmed Tehran’s chosen path, hardening its resolve.

In many respects, the arrival of Donald Trump is simply a continuation of this process, reassuring the Iranian public and political establishment that their decades-long approach towards Washington’s regional agenda has always been spot-on.

And while Trump’s election polarized the western world, it served to strengthen the unity of the Iranian nation and bridge any existing gaps between the country’s reformist and conservative camps.

“Thank you, Mr. Trump”

During the 38th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution on February 7, the Supreme Leader, His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, mockingly addressed the Trump administration’s hostile stance towards Tehran.

“Thank you, Mr. Trump, for showing the true face of America,” Sayyed Khamenei said.

Iranian president Sheikh Hassan Rouhani also addressed the crowds gathered to laud the Revolution.

“We are not after tensions in the region and the world,” he said. “We are united in the face of bullying and any threat.”

Interestingly, the nationwide rallies, which came at a time of sharp anti-Iranian rhetoric in Washington, further highlighted Tehran’s ability to exercise restraint and its constant readiness for dialogue.

According to the New York Times, the national holiday was marked “with far less of the usual vitriol for the United States.”

“Most notably, there were no missiles on display, as had been customary in previous years,” NYT’s Thomas Erdbrink writes.

“[Tehran] does not want any confrontation with the US. Don’t be surprised, we have no interest with tensions,” said the Iranian political analyst Farshad Ghorbanpour.

Of course, all of this should hardly come as a surprise, given that the Islamic Republic has absolutely nothing to gain by ratcheting up tensions across the region.

Trump’s approach

It is very difficult to understand President Trump’s reasoning behind his decision to slap fresh sanctions on Iran. It is equally difficult to analyze the key components of the Trump administration’s foreign policy agenda, especially with respect to the enduring climate of instability in the Middle East.

Despite the fact that Trump’s campaign rhetoric often promised to undo the Iranian nuclear agreement, no concrete steps have been taken in this regard. Suggestions that the American president could simply tear up the multilateral accord reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries should be taken with a grain of salt, given that such a move lacks any semblance of serious international support.

Instead, the Trump administration appears to believe that a new round of negotiations with Tehran over its growing role in the region, which includes its alliances with Damascus and Hezbollah, is still possible. Trump’s reset with the Arab monarchies and ‘Israel’ is designed to send a message that his administration is unwilling to accept the new realities on the ground, particularly in Syria, where a long-term Iranian presence is looking increasingly likely.

Recent ‘Israeli’ airstrikes, which struck targets deep in Syrian territory, as well as the deployment of hundreds of additional American soldiers to Syria, suggest that Trump wants to be heard, and that the current state of affairs in the Middle East is not acceptable for the US president.

But the sheer notion that Tehran would be willing to negotiate over its regional alliances – one of the defining features of its national security policy since the early years of the Islamic Revolution – has been dismissed as a nonstarter in Iran.

To what degree this lack of common ground, combined with the increasingly desperate Tel Aviv and Riyadh may contribute to further regional instability, is still an open question.

A senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment and professor at Georgetown University, Karim Sadjadpour, offers a pessimistic outlook of the future.

“In Donald Trump’s first term, there is a serious possibility of a military conflict, whether intentional or inadvertent, between the United States or ‘Israel’ and Iran,” Sadjadpour, who also reports on Iran, writes for The Atlantic.

And a combination of mistrust, aggressive action and isolated incidents could set the course towards a direct military confrontation, which, needless to say, is clearly not in any regional or international player’s interest at the moment.

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25-03-2017 | 07:44

The Christian Genocide in Syria: An Interview with Yasmine

Posted on March 23, 2017

[ Ed. note – There is a genocide of Christians taking place in Syria. The above is a photo I first posted back in 2014. It shows destruction at the Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady in the Syrian city of Yabroud, and is one of a series of photos I published at the time. The pictures were taken shortly after the city was liberated by the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah forces.

British reporter Robert Fisk was on hand when the city was liberated and wrote: “The Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady is a place of shame, of burnt copies of the New Testament, paintings slashed with knives – many were lying in strips of gold and red fabric beside the altar’s broken cross – and mosaics chiselled from the walls.”

Fisk also mentioned that the terrorists had “gouged out the eyes of the mosaic saints.”

You can go here to access the original post. In it I wrote the following:

What is on display in these photos is not merely abomination and sacrilege; it is loathing and hatred of the spirit of Christ; it is detestation for everything Jesus taught, malice and abhorrence at the mere mention of his name; contempt for his memory. Where does this kind of hatred of Christ come from? What accounts for it?

It’s not an easy question to answer. But clearly the hatred is there. In the same post I noted that the terrorists in Syria were being backed by “the West, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.”

Today, three years later, the terrorist proxy armies in Syria are operating under different names in some cases, but the same ideology, the same hatred of Christ, is still in evidence. And the mainstream media, as before, don’t seem terribly interested in what’s going on. Apparently the tweets of Donald Trump are considered more newsworthy than the murder of Christians in Syria. And when occasionally a news organization does report on the issue, as in the case of this AFP report filed in November of last year, the media spin given seems deliberately designed to convey the false impression that it is the “regime forces” who are intent on destroying churches, not the innocent, Western-democracy-loving “rebels.”

Of course, as the photo below would suggest, it is not, I repeat, not Syrian President Bashar Assad who is waging genocide against Christians. Assad has been president since the year 2000, and prior to the outbreak of the conflict six years ago, Syrian Christians lived in peace and prosperity, free to practice their faith. The hatred of Christ I spoke of is far more likely to be harbored by those who  are backing the terrorists, rather than those actually and genuinely fighting them.  The latter, of course, would be Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

All of which, in a roundabout way, leads me to the following. Recently a Syrian-American writer by the name of Sarah Abed posted an interview she conducted with an Aramean Syriac Orthodox woman named “Yasmine.” The name is an alias. The city of Damascus is nicknamed the “City of Jasmine” (or Yasmine in Arabic). Abed writes:

Yasmine contacted me on Facebook recently after reading my articles and posts. We discussed the situation there and her frustration with the lies being reported. I asked if she would want to tell her story, she eagerly agreed. Shortly after our talk her Facebook account was blocked and she hasn’t been able to come back on Facebook since then. Also, oddly enough only my messages are visible from our conversation. A few days ago her friend reached out to me and asked for my email and she sent me “Memoir of a Syrian girl” detailing her experience living in Damascus before and during the war. I will be putting that in a separate article. I asked her as a Christian in Syria if she would be willing to answer some questions and she agreed.

Yasmine is an engineer who also holds an MBA degree. She was born in Al Qamishly, in the northeast of Syria, but grew up in Damascus, where she resides at this time. Below is an excerpt from her interview with Abed. The letters “KSA” in the interview refer to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ]

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Q: When the West’s terrorist proxies slaughter and commit genocide against the indigenous Christian population, as they did, for example, in Kessab, Syria, are they attempting to “erase history”?

A: Not only history, When Wahhabists started in KSA they destroyed everything that has relation to history, even the grave of the prophet is destroyed, they do not care for it, in Afghanistan they destroyed statues that were thousands years old, they are a destruction machine of everything that has to do with civilization.

Q: When Western terrorists occupy towns like Maloula, Syria, and destroy Christian religious icons is this an attempt to erase history?

A: They want to destroy the history and Christianity, Christians were always targeted by those radicals, it is their ideology to not accept any one who is different.

Q: When the Western terrorists target Muslim and/or Christian communities, are they, or their Imperial masters, attempting to destroy the country by creating sectarian warfare?

A: Of course, the sectarian warfare serves the agenda, it was the plan for ME to be in perpetual state of chaos, which in the days of Bush jr was called the creative chaos or constructive chaos, this chaos serves Israel.

Q: Are the imperialists attempting to create warring ethnic and/or religious enclaves?

A: Of course, it is their targeted, the religion is the opium of nations, it is the method to lead the whole destruction game

Q: Are the Empire’s divide and conquer strategies in Syria working, or does most of the Syrian population remain unified?

A: There must have been some who sympathise with Wahhabists, and these will never seize to exist unless the world fights the source of them, the sources of Wahhabist ideology are in Egypt and KSA, and unless they are totally fought, they will always have followers around the world. Another thing to be honest, A regime like Bashar Assad was able to protect us from those minority, also in the days of Hafez Assad we were protected, If you like to name him a dictator go ahead, but please do not tell me the west is protecting us. Hafez Assad was protecting us, Bashar Assad is protecting us…

Continued here

Damascus–the city of Jasmine

I had a chance to visit Damascus in 2014. It is indeed a beautiful city…

Hezbollah Denounces Sinful Crime of Assassinating Palestinian Mujahid Mazen Faqha

March 25, 2017

Hezbollah flag

In a statement, Hezbollah hostile spirit of the Zionist evident is evident in the crime and stressed the inevitability of the continuation of the fight against the usurper enemy till expelling it from “our occupied land”.

Offering congratulations and condolences to the Palestinians, Hamas movement and the family of the martyr over Faqha’s assassination, Hezbollah called on punishing all the culprits so that no one dares to undermine the resistance and the mujahideen in the context of serving the interests of the Zionist enemy.

Hamas official, Mazen Faqha, who was freed in a 2011 prisoner swap with the Zionist entity, was assassinated on Friday with four bullets being shot to his head.

Faqha was released along with more than 1,000 other Palestinians in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli occupation soldier Hamas had detained for five years.

Source: Hezbollah Media Relations

Gaza: Freed Detainee Mazen Faqha Assassinated with Four Bullets in his Head

Mazen_Faqha

Hamas official, Mazen Faqha, who was freed in a 2011 prisoner swap with the Zionist entity, was assassinated on Friday with four bullets being shot to his head.

Faqha was released along with more than 1,000 other Palestinians in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli occupation soldier Hamas had detained for five years.

Iyad al-Bozum, an interior ministry spokesman in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, said that gunmen opened fire on Faqha in the Tell al-Hama neighborhood.

“An investigation has been launched,” he said, giving no further details.

Faqha was a senior Hamas official in the Israeli-occupied West Bank but after his release the occupation authorities transferred him to Gaza.

Source: AFP

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«Israel’s» Main Goal in Syria: Curbing Hezbollah, Iran Influence in Golan

In addition to the internal issues, the “Israeli” entity may be dragged into regional developments at any time.

United flag

The incident last Friday, in which Syria fired an anti-aircraft missile at “Israeli” warplanes after “Israeli” airstrikes in Syria, reminded the “Israeli” media about the ongoing war in that country.

That war is the main, but not the only, arena for the larger struggle among forces in the region. The two main sides are the Iranian-led axis and the Saudi-led alliance of Arab regimes. Tehran has an advantage on nearly every front. The “Israeli” entity is a secondary player. Its focus is on trying to curb Iranian influence on the front that is most important to it, the border with Syria in the Golan Heights.

The entity is particularly troubled by developments in Syria and Lebanon. As Tehran and Damascus are discussing a long-term lease of space in the Latakia port to Iran, the “Israeli” entity fears the delivery of weapons delivered to Hezbollah.

The “Israeli” entity was forced to admit its airstrikes in Syria last week. However, despite the Russian foreign ministry summoning the “Israeli” ambassador for clarifications, the entity’s message was firm: it will continue its strikes out of fear from Hezbollah and to prevent it from obtaining weapons, including rockets, missiles, drones and chemical weapons.

The reserve-duty generals Amos Yadlin and Giora Eiland argued in two separate articles in the “Israeli” Yedioth Ahronoth daily this week that foiling alleged arms smuggling is secondary to the entity’s main goal of thwarting Iran’s and Hezbollah’s presence in the Golan Heights.

Yadlin, presumably reflecting the position of the military establishment, believes “a reassessment is needed” of the benefits of the effort to keep weapons out of the hands of Hezbollah [by striking convoys and arms depots in Syria] versus the risk of escalation posed by these actions.

Yadlin said that while the entity should uproot the group’s infrastructure in the Golan Heights, the most important strategic goal in the north is to prevent Iran from establishing a base in Syria, using its contacts in Moscow and in Washington.

Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, speaking at the same event, focused on the northern front.

He said that in a future war with Hezbollah, the “Israeli” entity could target Lebanese state institutions, without making a distinction between the government in Beirut and Hezbollah. It looks like a planned “Israeli” trend – renewing threats to wreak widespread destruction in Lebanon in order to deter Hezbollah from operating on the border in wake of its growing successes.

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Source: Haaretz, Edited by website team

24-03-2017 | 1

Syrian Army Regains Textile Factory in Northern Jobar in Damascus, Killing over 150 Terrorists

March 22, 2017

Regaining the textile factory in northern Jobar and killing over 150 terrorists, the Syrian army and allies on Wednesday repelled attempts by terrorist groups to break the siege imposed on the area.

A military source said that army units repelled repeated attempts by al-Nusra terrorists and groups affiliated to them to break the siege imposed on terrorist groups trapped in the textiles factories north of Jobar.

The source said that army units are engaged in violent clashes with terrorist groups north of Jobar, and that they are shelling the terrorists’ gatherings and movements in the depths of Jobar and surrounding areas.

The source added that the operations in Jobar resulted in the death of more than 150 terrorists, including foreigners and some of their leaders, in addition to injuring hundreds of them, destroying 3 car bombs, and killing 7 suicide bombers before they could reach army positions.

In the same context, SANA’s reporter said that the Syrian Air Force carried out since dawn a number of airstrikes targeting the terrorists’ movements and supply routes coming from the Eastern Gouta towards the north of Jobar neighborhood, inflicting heavy losses upon them in personnel.

The reporter said that clashes continue between army units and terrorists that infiltrated the factories area on the northern outskirts of Jobar neighborhood on Tuesday, leaving many of their members dead and injured and destroying large amounts of their weapons and equipment.

Hama

A military source said that army units, in cooperation with supporting forces, foiled an attack by al-Nusra terrorist organization and groups affiliated to it in the direction of Souran and Khattab in the northern countryside of Hama province.

Source: Al-Manar Website and SANA

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Zionist Circles Warn Political, Military Officials against Dangers of Air Strikes on Syria

March 20, 2017

Israeli warplane

The Zionist air strikes on Syria may endanger the occupation entity and must be reconsidered, a conclusion drawn by a number of Israeli analysts who asserted that the Syrian response during any upcoming operation might be stronger.

Despite the Zionist officials’ escalatory statements in comment on Syria striking response to the Israeli air raids on Palmyra in Homs countryside, the analysts added that the Syrian military capabilities may inflict heavier losses on the Zionist jets.

The Zionist circles also highlighted the Russian action of summoning the Zionist ambassador to inform him about Moscow’s stance which criticizes and rejects the Israeli aerial attack, stressing that this means Russia is clearly against any Zionist escalation in Syria.

Maariv newspaper also noted that the Zionist air strikes on Syria may lead a harsher consequences as the events may go off course, calling on the usurping entity’s authorities to be cautious about such actions.

The Israeli analysts pointed out that Syria President Bashar Assad is directly supported by Hezbollah, Iran and Russia and feels that he can intensify the confrontation with the Zionist entity.

Syria’s army said Friday it shot down an Israeli plane that had been carrying out pre-dawn raids on a military target near Palmyra.

“Four Israeli planes penetrated our air space at 2:40 am (0040 GMT) via Lebanese territory and hit a military target on the way to Palmyra,” the army said in a statement carried by state news agency SANA.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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