“AN AIRPORT FOR AN AIRPORT,” SYRIAN ARMY TO RESPOND TO ANY FUTURE ISRAELI ATTACKS – REPORT

South Front

16.12.2018

“An Airport For An Airport,” Syrian Army To Respond To Any Future Israeli Attacks – Report

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will respond to any Israeli attack on its bases as a part of a new policy, which was adopted by the Syrian leadership following the downing of the Russian Il-20 plane last September, the Kuwaiti al-Ra’i newspaper reported on December 15 citing a high-ranked Syrian official.

“Damascus is waiting for any Israeli strike on specific military targets to retaliate with a similar strike, this means that a strike on an airport in Syria will be met with a strike on an airport in Israel and so on,” the unnamed official told al-Ra’i.

According to the official, Moscow has given Damascus a green light to respond to any Israeli strike that would destroy Syrian military capabilities or kill foreign advisers supporting the SAA. Tel Aviv was reportedly warned of this new policy.

“Any strikes against Syrian or an Iranian targets will be targeting Russian forces, which will not allow Israel to kill its soldiers and officers directly or indirectly,” the official said describing the Russian warning to Israel.

The source went on to deny Israel’s claims regarding the destruction of the Syrian missile capabilities and revealed that Syria had received medium and long range missiles guided with the Russian satellite navigation system, GLONASS. The SAA will use these missiles to respond to any Israeli attack.

On November 29, Israel made its first attempt to hit targets inside Syria since the downing of the Il-20. However, Syria said that all Israeli missiles were successfully intercepted. To this day, there is not evidence that any position was hit in the Israeli attack.

The Ministry of Defense of Syria will not likely confirm or deny al-Ra’i’s report, as Damascus don’t reveal such strategic decisions usually.

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War on Palestine’s food supplies: israeli (apartheid state) navy opens fire, detains 4 fishermen in Gaza

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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained four Palestinian fishermen, on Saturday morning, including two brothers, off the coast of the western besieged Gaza Strip.

Head of the Palestinian Fishermen Union in Gaza, Zakariya Bakr, said that Israeli war boats opened fire targeting Palestinian fishing boats and chased a boat belonging to fisherman Saleh Abu Riyaleh. 

Bakr added that Israeli forces then detained fisherman Muhammad Saleh Abu Riyaleh, 28, and his 15-year-old brother, while at 4 nautical miles off the coast of western Gaza City. 

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Israelis Throwing Accusations: War Not PlayStation Game

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November 19, 2018

Israeli officials have bandied about their cascading failure to escalate the security situation in Gaza strip, Lebanese paper, Al-Akhbar reported on Friday.

Security institutions in the Zionist entity were quick in apportioning blame and trading accusations among themselves and  among politicians over their lack of vision and strategy on Gaza, Yahya Dbouk of Al-Akhbar daily said.

However, amid these serious accusations and the persisting street protests, its seems that Netanyahu’s efforts to crowd out attention from the “swamp” he’s been sinking into, are the most significant event in the wake of the Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s resignation, the report elaborated.

Netanyahu’s efforts also come as the  Israeli military institution faces widespread criticism over the ceasefire in Gaza. For its part, the military institution has also accused politicians of having a narrow political horizons and visions on several challenges threatening the Zionist entity, including Gaza which is considered less dangerous than other fronts

Speaking at a memorial for David Ben-Gurion in the Negev, Netanyahu claimed that Hamas “begged for a cease-fire, and they know very well why.” But his critics and the public opinion didn’t buy his pseudo-pretext. A recent opinion poll showed that only 14% respondents believe that the israeli army has attained victory in its last escalation.

Netanyahu’s opponents, however, continued to criticize the Israeli premier and accuse him of being intimidated by Hamas, Dbouk added, quoting high-level security sources.

The security institution criticized the government and its officials, with high-level security sources telling the Israeli Radio, that the government “does not have a prior vision or a proper perception of the political objectives regarding military operations in Gaza.”

The sources stressed that in the absence of visions and goals of politicians, “it is impossible to determine the objectives of any war.”

The same sources pointed out that the resignation of the Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman “exposed the political institution’s deficiencies”, as the Israeli Security Cabinet, which is constantly manipulated by politicians, has no longer any importance.

Defending the Israeli army and justifying its reluctance to fight, the sources said that “everyone knows that Hamas is Israel’s weakest enemy, and that there are less costly solutions than a large-scale military operation.”

Reserve troops haven’t been called up during the last escalation, the sources pointed out, adding that “it’s impossible to recruit reserves… That has happened three times in the past five and a half years, and that’s totally wrong.”

“When reserves are called up, an immediate war will break out. It isnt a PlayStation game,” the sources said, according to Al-Akhbar report.

Meanwhile, Dbouk cited remarks of by Israeli ministers on the latest flare-up in Gaza, in a clear reference to the confusion the Zionist regime has been witnessing in the past few days.

Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi asserted the Israeli fear of the escalation in Gaza, calling cessation of violence.

The confrontation, demanded by some, could cause the firing of hundreds of rockets daily into Tel Aviv, paralyzing Ben Gurion airport for weeks, Hanegbi said.

“If we enter Gaza, at least 500 soldiers will be killed, and then their bodies will be returned to Israel,” he added.

For his part, Education Minister Naftali Bennett confirmed that he has requested to replace Lieberman instead of Netanyahu, Dbouk reported in Al-Akhbar.

Bennett said that “Israel’s deterrence is eroding,” claiming the only reason he applied for the post is for ‘Israel’ to “go back to winning” and that “for me, security is a calling, not just a job.”

On the other hand, Bennett did not spare Lieberman from criticism.

“The job of a defense minister is not to be led but to lead, not to complain about constraints but to come up with solutions,” said Bennett in an apparent reference to Lieberman, who had complained in his resignation speech that his role had been encroached upon.

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Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper (translated and edited by Al-Manar Website team)

عسكر إسرائيل يدفع الاتهامات: الحرب ليست لعبة

يحيى دبوق

تقاذفت إسرائيل مسؤولية الفشل إزاء التصعيد الأمني الأخير في قطاع غزة. اتهامات واتهامات متبادلة لم تُستثنَ منها المؤسسة الأمنية التي سارعت إلى توجيه الاتهام إلى السياسيين، والتشديد على افتقارهم إلى أي رؤية واستراتيجية تجاه غزة، لكن مع تجديد رفضها الخيارات العسكرية وضرورة الابتعاد عنها. فلليوم الثاني على التوالي، تواصل تراشق الاتهامات في إسرائيل على خلفية الفشل في مواجهة غزة، وكذلك الاحتجاجات في الشارع. وفيما تداخلت الأهداف الشخصية والعامة في كل الاتجاهات ولدى جميع الأطراف والشخصيات السياسية، فإن التموضع الدفاعي لرئيس الحكومة، بنيامين نتنياهو، كان الأبرز، في ظل انتقاد واسع النطاق للمؤسسة العسكرية التي اتهمت السياسيين بضيق الأفق والرؤى، وفقدان الخيارات أمام التهديدات، حتى في مواجهة القطاع الذي يعدّ تهديداً مقلصاً قياساً بالساحات الأخرى.

نتنياهو ادعى أن «أعداءنا («حماس») طالبوا بوقف النار، وكانوا يتوسلون من أجل ذلك، وهم يعرفون جيداً لماذا». لكنه كان دفاعاً لم يشفع له أمام منتقديه والجمهور، إذ كشفت استطلاعات الرأي (قناة «كان») أن 14% فقط يعتقدون أن الجيش خرج منتصراً من التصعيد الأخير. أما خصوم نتنياهو، فواصلوا انتقاده لليوم الثاني، ووسمه أيضاً بأنه تهيّب مواجهة «حماس» وجَبُن أمامها. مع ذلك، كان اللافت انتقاد المؤسسة الأمنية للحكومة ومسؤوليها، إذ انتقدت مصادر أمنية رفيعة المستوى بشدة المسؤولين السياسيين، وأشارت في حديث إلى «الإذاعة العبرية» إلى أنه ليس لدى الحكومة رؤية أو تصور مسبق للأهداف السياسية كما يجب أن تكون جراء العمليات العسكرية في غزة، وتحديداً ما تعلق بجولة القتال الأخيرة. وأكدت المصادر أنه في حال الافتقار إلى رؤية وأهداف لدى السياسيين، فمن المستحيل تحديد أهداف أي حرب، مضيفة: «الحديث عن خوف الجيش وخشيته من القتال كلام بلا أسس».

كان لافتاً حديث المصادر العسكرية عن رفض استدعاء الاحتياط

المصادر نفسها أشارت إلى أن استقالة وزير الأمن أفيغدور ليبرمان «كشفت عورات المؤسسة السياسية»، إذ لم يعد لجلسات «المجلس الوزاري المصغر» أي قيمة فعلية جراء اللعبة بين السياسيين. وفي دفاع واضح عن الجيش وامتناعه عن خوض المعارك وتوسعتها، ذكرت المصادر أن «الجميع يدركون أن حماس هي أضعف أعداء إسرائيل، وأن هناك حلولاً أقل تكلفة من عملية عسكرية واسعة النطاق». وفي إشارة لافتة جداً، أكدت تلك المصادر رفض الدعوات التي طالبت باستدعاء الاحتياط خلال التصعيد الأخير، لأن «من المستحيل تجنيد الاحتياط، فذلك حدث ثلاث مرات في السنوات الخمس والنصف الماضية، وهذا أمر غير سوي بالمطلق»، وأضافت: «تمنع إدارة الأمور هكذا، إذ لدى استدعاء الاحتياط، فهذا يعني مباشرة الحرب، وهذه ليست لعبة بلاي ستايشن».

الخشية من العملية العسكرية، كما رفضتها المصادر الأمنية، أكدها وزير التعاون الإقليمي، عضو «الكابينت» تساحي هنغبي، الذي شدد على أن الخسائر من الحرب هي التي دفعت إلى قبول التهدئة. وقال هنغبي إن المواجهة التي يطلبها البعض قد تتسبّب في إطلاق مئات الصواريخ يومياً على تل أبيب، وشلّ مطار بن غوريون لأسابيع، و«إذا دخلنا إلى غزة، فسيُقتل منا على الأقل 500 جندي، نعود بجثثهم لاحقاً إلى إسرائيل».

وبينما عرض وزير التربية نفتالي بينت «اقتداره» و«أحقيته» في تولي وزارة الأمن بعد استقالة ليبرمان، على خلفية الفشل في غزة، أكد خلال عرضه، ومحاولة تحسين أوراق ترشيحه لتولي المنصب، جملة من الحقائق المرتبطة بخيارات المواجهة مع القطاع، وكذلك في الساحة الشمالية في سوريا ولبنان، مع التشديد كما ورد في ديباجته على ضيق وتقلص خيارات إسرائيل العملية. يَرِد في حديث بينت تشخيص التهديد، وهو بمعظمه توصيف للواقع الذي تراه تل أبيب. أما معالجته عبر توزيره لـ«الأمن»، كما يطلب، فمسألة تدخل في أقل تقدير في دائرة الشك، مع التشديد على أن السياسات الأمنية والخيارات العسكرية والأمنية تحددها المؤسسة الأمنية نفسها التي هي أكبر من إمكانات وزير، خاصة إن لم يكن صاحب تجربة وخبرة ومكانة عسكرية أو أمنية، كما حال بينت، وإن كان يدّعيها.

بينت قال إن إسرائيل تمر في مرحلة أمنية هي الأكثر تعقيداً وخطورة منذ وجودها، فـ«الأخطبوط الإيراني يرسل سلسلة من الأذرع المعادية الوحشية لتطويقنا: من الشمال حزب الله، وفي سوريا قوات إيرانية، وعلى حدود غزة حماس التي تزداد تمركزاً وتعاظماً». وأضاف: «منذ عشرات السنين منظوماتنا دخلت في جمود وامتناع عن الالتحام مع العدو. نظرية الفصل والابتعاد عن التماس مع العدو يراها عدونا خشية لدينا من القتال. حزب الله تحول من منظمة صغيرة إلى جيش كبير مسلح بـ 130 ألف صاروخ، أما حماس فباتت أكثر وقاحة، لأنها تؤمن بأننا نخشى المواجهة؛ الردع الإسرائيلي تآكل».

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks at his gift given by Justice and Development (AK) Party's Istanbul Deputy Nureddin Nebati (not seen) during the 2nd Conference of Inter-parliamentary platform on Jerusalem in Istanbul, Turkey on December 14, 2018. ( Murat Kula - Anadolu Agency )

Turkish president on Friday accused Israel of trying to deliberately wipe out traces of Islamic heritage in Jerusalem over the last 50 years, Anadolu Agency reports.

“You [Israel] will not be able to wipe out,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at an Inter-parliamentary platform on Jerusalem in Istanbul.

You are deceiving yourself if you think you can destroy Jerusalem’s spiritual identity by moving a few embassies and consulates there, Erdogan said.

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The Turkish president said Jerusalem is not merely a cause of a handful of Muslims in Palestine, but it is “our common cause.”

Erdogan thanked “heroes” who uphold the honor of Jerusalem and humanity and protect the dignity of the Muslim Ummah against occupiers.

Palestinians must put an end to discord among themselves in order to see the outcome of their friends’ efforts, the president added.

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