posted on May, 1 2018 @ 02:56 PM
originally posted by: all2human
a reply to: greyhat
I wouldn't doubt it
I believe this is a result of inaction by Russia in Syria.
It is perceived Russia will not defend Iran effectively if it is attacked.
There is little they can do. Russia doesn't have enough assets deployed in Syria to stand up against Israel. They could of course surprise and hurt
them, knocking down strike package with long range SAMs, but the Israeli response would result in their AD getting wiped out pretty quickly. The
Russian presence in Syria isn't that impressive and backup is thousands of miles away. They'd be down to cruise missile and Tu-160 raids on day 2,
which would be pretty ineffective against Israeli AD unless you go nuclear. Which obviously wouldnt happen.
Hence the understanding between Russia and Israel which has hold for years at this point - Russia ignores any Israeli activity as long as its not
directed at them and Israel lets the Russians help out Assad. Pretty simple.
Thing is, Putin couldnt give a rats ass whether or not Israel goes to war with Iran - or Syria for that matter - anyway. As long as he can keeps his
bases open and the Americans out its of little concern to Russia if their 'allies' what happens between them. Both sides understand this.
As for Israel actually going to war with Iran in Syria - dont bet on it. Netanyahu doesnt have the balls to do something drastic like that. This is
really funny actually, most people have this idea about Netanyahu being some kind of warmonger, ultra hawkish guy barely kept restrained by the
international community or something while in reality he is anything but. He talks a big game but is actually very hesitant to throw the chips down.
The guy has been in office for 12 years now and not only did back out of attacking Iranian nuclear facilities but barely fought one war over Gaza. If
you look at the history he's probably one of the more cautious PMs in Israels history. He sure likes his covert air strikes and everything else he can
get away with, but he is noone to rush into a full scale war if he can help it at all.
I don't think its the right call in his situation, he should come down hard on Iran in Syria (and those new missile factories in Lebanon too) as long
as he still can and the problem is comparativley small. If Iran is allowed to stay in Syria, the situation will look far, far worse for Israel a
couple of years down the road, no matter how many covert air strikes they can conduct in the mean time. If i where him i'd look very closely on a
unlimited air campaign against Syria, possible even including a ground component. But i really dont think that he will go down this route.