Tel Aviv does not even hide its hostility towards Damascus and Moscow.
Israel entered into a Syrian civil conflict almost at the very beginning of the bloodshed. At first, Israeli planes bombed everyone who was active near the Golan Heights. There were no preferences – terrorists, opposition, government forces could get under the rink.
It’s funny that often the IDF explained its attacks by the need to protect the Druze population that lives in Quneitra (including in the Israeli-occupied part of this governorate), Dar’aa and in the surrounding territories. Then Iran began to gain momentum. It, like Israel, was in the SAR from the very beginning, although at first he acted more or less cautiously, preferring to realize most of his interests through Hezbollah and other Shiite formations.
But the war was on, and Tehran was getting into it more and more. In Tel Aviv, they saw this as a great threat. The Israeli air force sorties have become much more frequent, and now the Persians and the internal Syrian forces fighting for Assad began to suffer the most from them.
Previously, Assad, in principle, was perceived by the leaders of the Jewish state as quite a convenient president of a neighboring country. Of course, he sometimes criticized Tel Aviv and periodically promised to return Western Quneitra, but he never created any real problems. But then he gave the Iranians the go-ahead to build bases, deploy missiles, and this made him a real enemy of Israel.
This prompted Netanyahu, along with his team, to take decisive action. In addition to air strikes, it was decided to increasingly pay attention to what is happening on the ground. No, no one, of course, sent a land contingent to fight asadovtsy, however, direct or indirect intervention in border affairs became every day more and more obvious. Rumors quickly spread that Tel Aviv was actively supporting Syrian opposition groups in order to create something like a buffer zone between the main territory of the SAR and the Golan.
Then the rumors became even more savage – some sources spread information about a possible alliance between ISIS and Israel. It was like speculation and fake, but at the very borders of Israel for several years there was an enclave of the Islamic state. And he almost never underwent attacks from the IDF. Perhaps the terrorists would continue to feel at ease in this part of the Arab Republic if Russian-Syrian troops had not attacked here last year.
After the release of Dar’a and Quneitra from rebels and terrorists, real evidence of Israel’s contacts with the factions that kept southwestern Syria emerged until the arrival of the Syrian Arab army. So, many separatist depots were discovered where Israeli weapons were stored. Tel Aviv did not comment on this in any way, and some individuals continued to deny links with the internal Syrian enemies of Assad – you never know, maybe all this is smuggling.
But then, finally, the day came when everything became clear. The head of the IDF General Staff, General Gadi Ayzenkot, let the world know that Israel nevertheless had allied with and supported the opponents of Assad in various ways. He admitted this officially.
Russian orientalist and political scientist Oleg Gushchin believes that there is nothing surprising in this, but there will be no serious complications in Russian-Israeli relations.
– How did this happen? Well, there was some kind of armed group. This is not necessarily ISIS, it’s just the custom to record all groups in the IS. There could well be others. Israel, of course, could have bombed them all, but under Syrian conditions it would have grave consequences. So it was easier to agree.
– To negotiate with the terrorists?
- It is easy, and it was done, it is most likely at the level of majors, colonels. Large ranks do not even need. And now the Israelis could say: sit quietly, do not lean out, and do not create any problems. Those agreed, but, of course, they also had some conditions. For example, someone is sick or hurt someone – what to do? Well, ask the Israelis for some medicine. As for weapons, it is more difficult, of course, but here it is necessary to clarify in more detail. It was and was. As for Assad himself, this has always been the most convenient option for Israel. At one time, with the mediation of Erdogan, there were even negotiations between countries to resolve some controversial issues.
So that is in the interests of Tel Aviv to return the situation to the situation that was before the civil war, but this is impossible. The war has changed everything. So they would not purposefully fight against Assad. As for Russia, I am sure that this will in no way affect our mutual relations. True, it is completely incomprehensible why then Eisencot spoke about it. Well, maybe some personal reasons. With Russia, Israel is now on the contrary, it is building everything in a positive way, so do not focus.