Moscow: Israel must stop “arbitrary air strikes” on Syria. Khamenei takes charge of missile attacks on Israel

The practice of arbitrary strikes on the territory of a sovereignty state… Syria, should be ruled out,” FM spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday, in Moscow’s first response two days after Israel conducted a major operation against Iranian targets in Syria.

She said such strikes added to tensions in the region, something she said was not in the long-term interests of any country there, including Israel.

This response to Israel’s latest strikes refutes the presumption in Israel that Moscow refrained from condemning them out of disapproval of the IRGS Fatteh-110 missile attack on the Golan without prior coordination with Moscow.
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Our sources also reveal now that as of Tuesday, Jan 22, decision-making on the issue of Iranian missile strikes against Israel passed directly from Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani to the Islamic regime’s highest authority, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. His first decision is still unknown.

DEBKAfile’s military sources assert that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu may have been too quick to fire a reply to Gen. Soleimani’s provocative comment to the Kuwaiti Al Jarida, that the only way to prevent further Israeli attacks on Syria was to launch missiles deep into central Israel. Netanyahu would then lose the elections. The prime minister hit back by saying, “Instead of interfering with the elections, Soleimani had better check the status of the Iranian bases that he is trying to establish in Syria. As long as I’m prime Minister, we won’t stop fighting against them.”

Netanyahu could not be sure that the Kuwait paper had correctly quoted the Iranian Al Qods chief. However, if the quote was accurate, then the situation on Israel’s northern front is so combustible that every word needs to be carefully weighed before it is uttered.

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49 thoughts on “Moscow: Israel must stop “arbitrary air strikes” on Syria. Khamenei takes charge of missile attacks on Israel

  • Jan 23, 2019 @ 16:42 at 16:42
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    I am surprised that DebkaFile is stressing for carefully weighing words before uttering them. When a known enemy advocates the destruction of your homeland and death to it’s citizens, then moves forces into place on many fronts, it is obvious the situation has moved well beyond the subtleties of words. These rather small attacks that Syria is mostly able to negate are doing little to prevent this military build-up against Israel. It is time for much prayer and possible heavy-handed removal of this relentless enemy. Pray for the peace of Israel. Peace.

    • Jan 23, 2019 @ 17:52 at 17:52
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      Mossad is making the point that NetanYahoo should STFU. He’s an global laughingstock.

      Iran needs no position in Syria to hit the antisemitic squatters. Everyone knows this.

      • Jan 23, 2019 @ 19:07 at 19:07
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        Weaker than Mohammeds Web of Lies,

        Tehran and Mecca are much smaller than Israel.

      • Jan 24, 2019 @ 3:42 at 3:42
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        So now Israel is the customs inspector for Syria and places itself as the sole arbiter of whom Syria may invite onto their sovereign territory? I thought the U.S was the only country who believes it is their God given right to determine what any government may do within their borders. If Syria wants to have the Russians and Iranians there, it is their business as long as they do not launch attacks from those bases, as Israel does on an almost daily basis, in opposition to international law.

        • Jan 24, 2019 @ 11:36 at 11:36
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          Got a love people referencing int’l law when siding against Israel in Israel’s ongoing dispute of Iran’s entrenchment within Syria. An apt demonstration of a complete lack of knowledge.

        • Jan 24, 2019 @ 16:46 at 16:46
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          Well. if Syria “invites” Iran to build up military power and threaten Israel, then of course it’s also Syria’s problem to deal with the repercussions. If you demand to be taken seriously as a sovereign state, you also have to be ready to be accountable for what happens on your territory.

      • Jan 26, 2019 @ 2:45 at 2:45
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        You are a fool

    • Jan 23, 2019 @ 18:05 at 18:05
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      you live in a dream. It’s a fact that US is pulling its force out of syria, and this new behavior of iran to attack israel with missiles is result of that event.
      That decision by US made this situation and for facing properly on to this matter israel must act wisely. Because russians still in syria and a full scale war in that area is a very dangerous thing to happen

    • Jan 23, 2019 @ 18:36 at 18:36
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      Not_an_yahu a spent force, the security establishment is moving behind Gantz. make aliyah now!

    • Jan 23, 2019 @ 21:02 at 21:02
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      “for when they say, Peace and security, then shall destruction descend on them suddenly, as like unto a woman in birth pangs”

    • Jan 25, 2019 @ 0:52 at 0:52
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      It’s too late for Netanyahu

      No amount of hopping up and down for war is going to matter now – Mandelblit and Mueller are on their way for Netanyahu

      Israel will never have to see the Unloosed S300 Kraken – it has already changed Israel’s game

      Pray for the peace of 1P1V1S and the transition phase from the now defunct former Israeli Apartheid, and it’s now Hague secured last Kahanist rulers. Peace.

  • Jan 23, 2019 @ 17:02 at 17:02
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    If all of you people want to survive, then Russia should bring Lebanon into the sphere of air security. But they are not doing that, why?

    • Jan 23, 2019 @ 17:53 at 17:53
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      Probably waiting on the antisemitic squatter colony to launch a sneak attack there.

    • Jan 23, 2019 @ 18:37 at 18:37
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      Because Russians play the best chess.

  • Jan 23, 2019 @ 17:04 at 17:04
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    RUSSIA WE CAN HELP UKRANIANS TO RETAKE CRIMEA WE CAN HELP CHECHEN TO DESTROY YOU INSIDE WE CAN HELP TO RETAKE ABKAZIA PROVINCE WE CAN HELP ROMANIA TO RETAKE TRANSYLVIANA , MOLDVIA AND ETC…. IRANIANS AND SYRIANS WILL LOSE YOU. WE CAN HELP JAPAN TO RETAKE KURILES ISLAND . WE CAN HELP GERMAN TO RETAKE KOENISBERG. WE CAN HELP POLAND TO RETAKE LAND TO STEAL TO POLAND. YOU HAVE NUKE OK BUT CAN NUKE TO . AND NUKE IT IS A JEW INVENTION AND NOT RUSSIAN ONE!!!

    • Jan 23, 2019 @ 17:14 at 17:14
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      Transylvania is Romanian.

    • Jan 23, 2019 @ 19:01 at 19:01
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      All caps, LOL. jews stole atomic science and immediately invented a cowardly super weapon with which to fulfill a genocidal purpose. You will get flushed away.
      .

  • Jan 23, 2019 @ 17:04 at 17:04
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    I have to agree with you Texas, and would further say that we have come to the point where Israel needs very soon to strike Iran, not just Iranian forces in Syria. Things have pretty much come to a head. And what ever the Russians think about that is more or less a side issue and of little consequence. The time has come..

    • Jan 23, 2019 @ 17:57 at 17:57
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      The squatters should stick to bombing kiteflyers and balloonlaunchers. They do it so well.

      Hizbollah can bash the squatter ‘army’ senseless. Iran? Are you high?

      Their only avenue into Iran is through shah-lackeys and MEK terrorists.

      • Jan 23, 2019 @ 19:14 at 19:14
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        Khomeni didn’t live to see Tehran totally destroyed in retaliation, but you will.

        Even the Mahdi hates the ayatoolas.

        • Jan 24, 2019 @ 5:20 at 5:20
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          Stick to shooting unarmed grandmothers!

          If the fake army ever tried to touch Iran, Hizbollah would bash their faces into retreat and surrender… again.

    • Jan 23, 2019 @ 18:43 at 18:43
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      Would you recommend city annihilation holocaust fire bombing or just gas?

      • Jan 23, 2019 @ 19:15 at 19:15
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        Anonymoose Limb, I recommand Nakba. Eternal Nakba.

    • Jan 23, 2019 @ 21:06 at 21:06
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      Touch Iran, and the price you will pay will be unacceptable. Oh you may ‘win’, but your image will be destroyed, with your precious state withering soon behind it.

  • Jan 23, 2019 @ 17:55 at 17:55
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    Time for Israel to launch ballistic missiles at Iran and kill many war loving Persians. And take out the soviets air and naval base in Syria. Kill some russians and make them bleed

    • Jan 23, 2019 @ 18:01 at 18:01
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      Then, after the missile’s are shot down (as in Syria) before they arrive, Hizbollah makes it rain with missiles (unlike those fired into Syria) that actually hit their targets.

      Then NuttyYahoo cries and pees in his pants.

      Then the squatting antisemites run to Uncle Sam and beg the world for another UN 1701 to violate daily.

      • Jan 23, 2019 @ 18:25 at 18:25
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        Growth beyond adolescence is necessary comment here. While refraining from foul language is a basic step in maturity and intelligence, comments meant to purposely inflame without any discerning point are simply an exhibition of meaninglessness. A good place to start is the careful reading and study of the Holy Bible. Peace.

        • Jan 23, 2019 @ 18:49 at 18:49
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          I read it, Texas, and you’re well fckd

          • Jan 23, 2019 @ 19:50 at 19:50
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            you are confusing Texas with the (dancing boys of ) of Afghanistan,(Google search) that sounds like it may be up your street, and it will take your mind of the destruction of the mad mullas.

        • Jan 24, 2019 @ 0:33 at 0:33
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          Thanks Dave – some sanity AND civility.

      • Jan 23, 2019 @ 19:55 at 19:55
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        Since name calling and not intelligence is your Fortay
        Lets talk to you in a language you’ll understand!!
        You’re an idiot!!

      • Jan 23, 2019 @ 21:11 at 21:11
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        One mini nuke to hit Hezbollah and to get it over and done with.

    • Jan 23, 2019 @ 21:12 at 21:12
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      You do realize Russia is a nuclear superpower, who wont hesitate to use that deterrent if you force them to, right? Are you an incognito antisemite seeking to provoke Israel into a trap? Seems like you desire them to plunge head 1st into their own demise with that comment.

  • Jan 23, 2019 @ 19:13 at 19:13
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    I don’t understand debka. One day he criticises Netanyahu for indecisiveness, the other day for recklessness. Debka has no sources of its own, it looks like it is a kind of pool where discontents from ZAHAL and mosad are leaking their critic of the government without any comprehensive thought line behind.

  • Jan 23, 2019 @ 19:54 at 19:54
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    Seen from the Diaspora in America, Netanyahu’s retort was measured, firm, and entirely appropriate. It is a little late in life for commenters here to be getting soft-spine disease .. that is either a childhood condition or one induced by pollutants from a hostile environment.

  • Jan 23, 2019 @ 21:08 at 21:08
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    Just bomb Iran a bit and then they will need their forces to defend their own country.

  • Jan 23, 2019 @ 21:39 at 21:39
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    A regional nuke is likely any day. Israel will win, although with sig casualties. Russia will then move. WW III will be the result. The USA and Russia will destroy each other. Israel will need seven months to clean up the mess. (NBC warfare) My candidate for AntiChrist is Obama. His False Prophet will be Pope Francis. Don’t sign a treaty with those two… (Daniel says you will.) Daniel’s 70th Week will be the result. The Messiah will return, when you invite Him to do so….. (See Ezekiel 38, 39).

    • Jan 24, 2019 @ 0:05 at 0:05
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      Respectfully, you are wrong.

      jimmy carter is ONE of the anti-Christs. Carter let Satans Ayatoola Khomeni start Satan’s Islamic Revolution. Carter let Satans Iran hold Americans hostage for 400+ days. Obama, ANOTHER Anti-Christ gave Fascist Iran 150 Billion dollars – that is being used to fuel Satans Islamic Revolution.

      Today the world is in danger from WW3 because of the rat Jimmy Carter.

  • Jan 23, 2019 @ 21:51 at 21:51
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    None of these things worry me.I already know the ending. All off ISRAELS enemies will be destroyed.The BIBLE says two thirds the JEWS will be wiped out.One third will survive Her enemies will be destroyed. It will be the worst time in history for them. But GOD WILL BRING THEM THROUGH IT.

  • Jan 23, 2019 @ 23:21 at 23:21
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    It seems to me that Syria has NO sovereignty left! The presence of Iran and Russia militaries have destroyed that idea.

  • Jan 24, 2019 @ 1:21 at 1:21
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    If Russia is sincere in wanting Israel to stop blowing up offensive Iranian weapon systems and troops in Syria, then remove Iran and its proxies from Syria. If Russia attacks Israel they will have US military involvement.

  • Jan 24, 2019 @ 5:56 at 5:56
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    Israel has been fighting for its survival since it’s independence.
    Mosco has no right to interfere with Israel’s security.
    But since Russia is now in the region it must use its power to ensure security not only for Syria but the whole region. If not, Israel will do whatever it takes for ensuring its security.

  • Jan 24, 2019 @ 6:33 at 6:33
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    You can be righteous all you want in the way you think things should be , but you are still going to burn!

    Nuclear war is on the way – hope your happy!

  • Jan 24, 2019 @ 7:19 at 7:19
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    Israel’s air strikes in Syria on Iranian targets are hardly “arbitrary.” Ordinance is expensive and not to be wasted on empty lands or insignificant targets. The sad reality is that too much ordinance is wasted on empty Hamas training bases. Consider the philosophy behind “Iron Dome.” Missiles headed toward the sea or open land are ignored, while those aimed at residential areas or military installations are brought down. When the IDF retaliates, whether in Gaza, Syria, Iran, or elsewhere,it should only strike significant targets and not empty fields.

  • Jan 24, 2019 @ 19:04 at 19:04
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    Russia, with a GDP 25% smaller than the State of Texas, has no business dictating to anyone!

    • Feb 4, 2019 @ 2:59 at 2:59
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      but just to keep it real, israel is literally the size of the king ranch in texas.

      that’s not a lot of room for “strategic depth”.

  • Jan 28, 2019 @ 19:13 at 19:13
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    Ignore Russia. Bomb every weapon Iran has in Syria and Lebanon. Leave them rocks to throw. Take out the weapons, take out the threat. Russia is not going to do anything, they intimidate by bullying, not by actually doing anything. The world should not be afraid of this idiot Putin. Always call a Russian Bluff!

    • Jan 29, 2019 @ 7:19 at 7:19
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      except the russians aren’t bluffing.

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