Israel Holding Talks With Russia, May Limit Syria Air Campaign

Russia announces joint jet patrols with Syria

Over the past several years, Israel has been regularly carrying out airstrikes in Syria. Talks are underway now with Russia which could severely curtail that air war.

Israeli officials believe Russia is engaged in a policy change, which is going to involve joint air patrols with Syria, and necessarily that means Israel won’t be able to attack consequence-free like they have been.

There have been suggestions that Russia would want to curb Israel’s strikes, but so far Israel has managed to avoid any big issues by staying away from the Russian bases.

Syria has substantial air defenses which intercept some of the missiles Israel fires, but never really threaten the warplanes. With Russian air patrol support, they could seriously threaten attacking Israeli planes, and that’s almost certainly going to mean Israel won’t launch any sorties that might run afoul of these new patrols.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.