Israeli military commanders and Defense Ministry officials are pushing for a new offensive against neighboring Syria, with a focus on fighting Iran. In practice, this push includes not just fighting Iranian military presence in Syria, but Shi’ites in general.
Officials say that an increased military presence of Shi’ites in Syria is to be seen as a “red line” and that Israel needs to act to protect its interests. They estimate just under 20,000 Shi’ite forces in Syria, though only 2,000 are believed to be Iranian, with the majority either Hezbollah militia, or from the various Shi’ite militias from Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
This reflects long-standing Israeli policy of fighting Shi’ites in neighboring countries. Israel most recently attacked Syria Sunday, pounding an airbase in Homs. Among those slain were a number of Iranians. This has led Israel to put its military on high-alert, in case Iran retaliates.
Though there has been some mention of the alleged Saturday chemical weapons attack in Douma, Israel has largely not focused on that as a justification for their attacks in Syria. This is likely because Israel has regularly attacked Syria for years now, without such a pretext.
So while Israel seems to be hoping that the US and its coalition indeed start attacking Syria’s government over Douma, Israel probably won’t be involved in the matter. Instead, the Israeli attacks are likely to remain distinct from such conflicts, rather focusing on their priority of killing Iranians and other Shi’ites.
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Will it survive to see this ?
Russia will not only destroy the plane but also the platform and in this case it would be ISraHELL. So it is a good reason not to get involved.
And what has Syria, under this Assad ever done to Israel?
So how Netanyahu is telling a neighboring country who is and is not allowed to be there. I hate that guy.
The existence of Assad means Israel will be unable to move north. Egypt will never allow Israel to move south. So the dream of greater Israel is on hold till Israel can destroy Sryia. In Lebanon Israel needs the water of the latani river so you can be sure they will not stop attacking till they get it or they finally get into trouble the USA cannot save them
We should all hope that sane heads will prevail. Unfortunately the is a acute shortage of such in DC .
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