Published: Wed, February 14, 2018

Tensions Escalate In Middle East With Israel-Iran Drone Standoff

Tensions Escalate In Middle East With Israel-Iran Drone Standoff

Israel has undertaken several intrusive missions to bomb various targets in Syria during the deadly civil war, but this is the first time that one of its warplanes has been destroyed by Syrian forces.

Israeli forces then launched a second wave of attacks. Russian Federation apparently intervened to prevent additional escalation.

Nor, contra to what The Post's language implied, is Israel alone in asserting that an Iranian drone entered Israeli air space. Should Iran turn course and limit its role in Syria to ease Israel's fears of being encircled by Iran and its proxies, Tehran will lose its credibility as a determined regional power that can support its allies during political and military confrontation with the West & Israel. Instead, Putin is using Iran to provide ground forces and enlisting contractors, like those Cossacks from a private Russian company named Wagner, to fight and die - as dozens did the other day in a USA airstrike - on the ground. What is sure is that the entire region, from Egypt to Iran, and from Syria to Yemen, will plunge into total chaos if this happens.

The Syrian government and its ally, Russia, have in the past two weeks dramatically escalated attacks on two of the largest and most important remaining opposition-held areas, in Idlib province in northwestern Syria and on Eastern Ghouta, a besieged area near the capital of Damascus. This latest military action draws Israel further into the Syrian Civil War. Everyone is picking a side, while Turkey and the Assad regime, the regime and the U.S., the U.S. and Turkey, Russia and the U.S., Turkey and Iran, Israel and Iran are pointing their guns at one and other.

Indeed, a quick look at the map shows that, if successful, Iran would have influence over of a big chunk of the Middle East, allowing Shiite, Persian Iran to threaten more Sunni Arab states and almost encircle American ally, Israel. But he argues that Israel alone can not stop Iran.

But the counterstrike at the aircraft shows that Syria has upped the ante, with a strategic shift in the Syrian military's calculations. It's a major player in Syria: While it has positioned itself as an indispensable mediator between the warring sides, it has not prevented the recent escalation, since a low-level conflict serves its goals.

Meanwhile, Bogdanov noted that Russian Federation was exerting efforts to overcome differences that have recently emerged between Tehran and Ankara, adding that the three parties agreed to hold a meeting at the level of foreign ministers next month in Astana.

"Israel is our closest security partner in the region and we fully support Israel's inherent right to defend itself against threats to its territory and its people", Pentagon spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway said.

He added, "This event is the first of its kind in tens of years". In addition to the tactical success of downing the Israeli jet, Iran and Syria will use this feat for propaganda. Iran could more efficiently and effectively support the terror group's effort to dominate the country as well as threaten Israel to the South. In today's reality of information warfare, such an image indicates a highly meaningful accomplishment.

Bashar al-Assad's brutal regime issued a direct threat to Israel on Tuesday, warning the region's only democracy of "more surprises" should their air force continue to operate over Syrian territory, reports Reuters. But is Israel really looking for a fight? This is one of the reasons why Israel is conducting such an active diplomatic campaign vis-a-vis the Russians throughout the last two years.

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