Syraq SITREP 61: SAA Liberating SW Syria Despite Israeli Strikes, Putin Meets Netanyahu Ahead of Helsinki Summit with Trump

Syraq SITREP 61: SAA Liberating SW Syria Despite Israeli Strikes, Putin Meets Netanyahu Ahead of Helsinki Summit with Trump

On July 11-12 the warm up act before the Helsinki summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump took place in Moscow. This was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Uncle Sam’s BFF whom Congress once gave a standing ovation, praising the Anglo-American deep state and the legacy media’s enemy no. 1 Putin for Russia’s superb hosting of the 2018 World Cup. Netanyahu then joined Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Croatia’s Prime Minister in watching the Croats 2-1 win over England at Luzhniki Stadium. After the pleasantries and Netanyahu’s posturing over the Israeli shoot down of a Syrian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) followed by IAF missile strikes against structures along the Golan Heights line of contact, negotiations (which were well along the last time Bibi came to Moscow for the Victory Day holiday on May 9) resumed behind closed doors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, July 11, 2018.(Kremlin Photo)

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Syraq SITREP 53: Can Putin and Bibi Cut a Face Saving Deal to End Israeli Attacks On Syria?

Syraq SITREP 53: Can Putin and Bibi Cut a Face Saving Deal to End Israeli Attacks On Syria?

The situation in the Levant appears to be spiraling downward toward full scale war between Iran’s Syrian and Hezbollah allies and Israel. Tel Aviv has cited an Iranian military presence in the war-torn nation as a pretext to launch continuous attacks. Not only Israel’s Air Force but the Iron Dome defense system and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) artillery were engaged after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) retaliated for multiple IAF strikes inside Syria last week.

The clashes initiated from the Israeli side, which the ‘international community’ aka the NATO/Gulf Arab states bloc blamed on Iran, came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Victory Day ‘Immortal Regiment’ march alongside Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The symbolism of a Russian leader jointly commemorating the Soviet victory over the Nazis with the PM of the Jewish State was not lost on anyone, especially after a report in Izvestia that no S300 missile systems would be delivered to the Syrians (though this report did not rule out that the systems have been covertly shipped to the Russian base at Kheimmim for safe storage from IAF missiles next to Russian troops).

What quid pro quo between the two world leaders led to this controversial Kremlin decision was the subject of widespread speculation among Russia watchers and academics with an interest in the complex Moscow-Tel Aviv relationship. A bilateral engagement tested by being on opposite sides of the Syria War, yet (as we wrote back in late 2015) bound by shared interests in eastern Mediterranean pipeline gas, Jewish Russian re-pats returning from Israel to Moscow, and the Russian Orthodox Church’s historic role in the Holy Land. Due to the late and post Soviet emigration, after the three official languages of Hebrew, Arabic and English, Russian is Israel’s unofficial fourth language.

Photo of Syrian SAMs streaking across the Damascus skies, May 10, 2018 by 24 Resistance Axis

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С Днем Победы Биби! (Happy Victory Day Bibi)

С Днем Победы Биби! (Happy Victory Day Bibi)

In a spectacle that could cause cognitive dissonance for Americans who view Israel as America’s best friend and Russia as our worst enemy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was Vladimir Putin’s guest of honor for the annual Victory Day parade on Red Square. Of course, Netanyahu’s presence and the perceived appeasement of Tel Aviv by Moscow is unpopular with many Russians at home and abroad, who view Israel’s military actions in Syria as unchecked aggression against two Russian allies — including last night’s Israeli Air Force missile strike against a Damascus suburb where Iranian personnel are said to operate (which reportedly missed any IRGC soldiers, and killed a civilian Syrian couple who operated a gas station). At least two of the five missiles fired by IAF jets while flying over Lebanon using heavy jamming support to confuse Syrian radars were shot down, according to Syrian Army sources.

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Syraq SITREP 52: Beating the War Drums, Bibi to Moscow for Victory Day and S300 Ambiguity

Syraq SITREP 52: Beating the War Drums, Bibi to Moscow for Victory Day and S300 Ambiguity

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s staff have confirmed to The Jerusalem Post that he will be in Moscow for the May 9th Victory Day holiday. In a sign that Vladimir Putin is seeking to deescalate tensions between Moscow and Tel Aviv, the Kremlin announced the Israeli PM had been invited to join Putin as an honored guest for the annual military parade through Red Square. A parade that will feature new Russian hardware on MiG31 jets like the Khinzhal hypersonic missile, designed to render American missile defenses obsolete.

Is this diplomacy evidence that Russia is a paper tiger, as the Anglo-American neocons contend, meekly accepting whatever the Israelis choose to dish out against its allies in Syria? Are the Kremlinologists correct that with the recently announced 20% defense spending cuts and rumored appointment of pro-Western globalist ‘cabal’ friendly liberals like Alexei Kudrin to the new presidential cabinet, Moscow is turning inward and seeking to appease the Americans and Israelis? Or is Putin calmly explaining to Bibi behind closed doors that Moscow cannot be responsible for the consequences, should he continue to recklessly provoke the Iranians and their (feared by the Israeli Defense Forces) Hezbollah allies?

Netanyahu/Putin archive photo by: Kremlin.ru

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Battle for Syraq SITREP 1: SAA Advancing to Taqba, Russian Reports of Turkish Advisers Leading Aleppo Jihadists

Battle for Syraq SITREP 1: SAA Advancing to Taqba, Russian Reports of Turkish Advisers Leading Aleppo Jihadists

The following is the Russia Analyst's first attempt at producing a shorter, more easily read SITREP about the fast-developing military situation in Syria and Iraq. As we announced earlier this week, we also plan to introduce SITREPs on the upcoming Brexit vote, the ongoing immivasion/destabilization of the European Union, the build-up of NATO forces near Russia's borders, and the escalation of hostilities along the contact line between the Ukrainian Army and the breakaway Donbass republics.

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