Why the Kremlin again allowed Israel to bomb Syria?

In Tel Aviv, they talk about Russia’s help in organizing the latest air strike.

On the night of Monday, July 1, Israel once again attacked Syria. This time, the number of destruction and casualties surpassed many of the past. Civilians were killed, including one child, more than two dozen wounded, including children. At the same time, the material losses of the local and Iranian military are insignificant – the attack, if it really was directed against Tehran, can be considered a failed one. Because of all this, it seems that Tel Aviv pursued some other goals in the region.


The most interesting thing is that this attack on Damascus and Homs was one of the most powerful in recent times, and the Syrian anti-aircraft defenses had to seriously sweat, using ancient techniques to repel. The local military believe that a good response was given – most of the missiles were shot down, and this made it possible to avoid large-scale damage. In Israel, looking at the situation differently. According to experts from the Jewish state, the IDF pilots worked perfectly. There were even some not entirely clear satellite images, which depict destroyed buildings, but it’s impossible to figure out whether these are military objects or not. However, the Syrians themselves to some extent confirmed the Israeli version – military sources shared with local media that injured including the objects of military infrastructure. But there is a discrepancy in the following: Damascus says that the facilities used by the Syrian Arab army have suffered, but Israel has reported the destruction of Iran’s warehouses and structures belonging to Hezbollah. As a matter of fact, these details are not so important.


Another attack by the IDF led to the death of the Syrians, including children, and our air defense system did not shoot down a single rocket.

Much more important is the fact that the attack took place at the side of the Russian-launched S-300 complexes. For some reason, the latter once again didn’t react at all to the attack, although the radar system was deployed. What is the reason why the S-300 did not show itself, although they seemed to be able to? There is a version that Damascus or Russia, who are responsible for this technique, simply did not want to plunge into another international scandal, knocking an Israeli plane over Lebanese territory. And if the S-300 worked, then they would most likely have shot down the plane, and not small targets, like the missiles that the F-16 had fired.


But there is another version that is considered in Israel. This is about the successful negotiations of Patrushev with the head of Israel’s National Security Council Meir Ben-Shabat and adviser to the American president John Bolton. Successful for Tel Aviv, of course. Israeli media is now actively writing about this opportunity. And they have many reasons for this. They say that the attack took place only a few days after the meeting, and Moscow didn’t react to it at all. Plus, in the Jewish state, it is believed that without coordination with Russia such an operation could not have been done at all. In one of the articles in the electronic version of the popular newspaper Yediot Ahronot, the following is noted:


– The flight over the Mediterranean from Cyprus in the direction of Syria and Lebanon requires coordination with the Russian military, in which both naval and air forces are involved in the area. Obviously, this is the result of new agreements between Israel and Russia on the “division of labor” in Syria.


According to the author, Russia receives “American silence” in return. As if the United States for indulging Israel forgives Russia the “brutal bombardments” of Idlib, which lead to daily casualties and catastrophic destruction. It is difficult to say whether Washington’s indifference to idlib affairs is related to Tel Aviv, but the version presented by Israeli journalists looks at least curious. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine that Israeli pilots flew unnoticed on the Mediterranean Sea and struck without any problems. Before doing this, they were identified at least several times by the radars of our military. And knowing this, they would hardly have decided to send their pilots to the IDF without first warning their Russian colleagues. After all, it’s not enough what actions the latter will take by finding an object on radars that should not be in the sky next to Syria now.


According to some sources, coordination with Israel really exists. In fact, the parties interact all the time, but there is no collusion between the Russian Federation and Israel against Iran, or, all the more, against Syria. The source doubts that Patrushev’s trip led to some changes in the policy of the Russian Federation in the Israeli direction – an order not to attack the IDF planes did for a long time, and nobody canceled it. Regarding what happened on July 1, the source reports that our military were notified of this operation in advance. Roughly speaking, there is an agreement on mutual non-aggression – Tel Aviv undertakes not to do anything in Syria that could harm the Russians. Moscow has exactly the same obligations. In fact, the relations of countries with each other can be described as neutral – the parties are not allies and not enemies, and coordination is needed only to eliminate accidents.


The information we receive from Israel is periodically transmitted by our people to the Syrians, if necessary. The successful repulse of the July 1 rocket attacks was due to the fact that Syria was informed in advance of the impending attack. And in this respect, there are no claims on the part of Damascus to the Russian Federation – we also have an agreement with Assad, according to which they fight off air attacks on areas controlled by them. But Russia will take care of its bases and its people.