Syrian military officials’ first criticism of Russia, alleging Moscow’s collusion with Israel

Russia comes under fire from Damascus for the first time, since its 2015 intervention on behalf of the Assad regime, on the charge of collaborating with Israel. Unnamed Syrian military sources said on Monday, April 15: “Israel possesses one of the most powerful military intelligence wings in the world,” and “not only benefits from close intelligence ties with the US coalition but also the Russian military.”

Syrian officials have never ventured to criticize the Russian military whose support was critical in rescuing Bashar Assad from an eight-year insurgency. However, dissent was sparked in Syrian army rank and file and the general population by Israel’s aerial missile attack on Syria’s “Scientific Studies and Research Center at Masyaf on Saturday, April 13. The most important Syrian-Iranian production hub for upgrading the surface missile and air defense capabilities of the Syrian army and Hizballah was gutted. Even more infuriating, the Russian S-300 air defense battery posted near Masyaf did not launch a single missile against the enemy assailants.

Still strongly implying Russian collusion, the Syrian military officials declared that the Israelis knew perfectly well that the S-300 was not ready for use and exploited this information. They went on to say: “Russia may disapprove of the Israeli air strikes in Syria, but they will not intervene to stop them as they currently have an agreement with the Netanyahu administration.” Syrian officials have never, in the more than two years of Israel air strikes in Syria against Iranian targets, referred to the Russian military’s non-interference or its connection to a Putin–Netanyahu deal. Damascus’ frustration is further compounded by its inability to take direct action against Israeli air strikes, because they are launched from next-door Lebanon’s air space. The Syrian official made it clear that Damascus has no wish to violate Lebanese sovereignty. You can read more about this intriguing turn of events in the coming issue of DEBKA Weekly (for subscribers) out next Friday, April 19. To sign on, click here.

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44 thoughts on “Syrian military officials’ first criticism of Russia, alleging Moscow’s collusion with Israel

  • Apr 16, 2019 @ 16:47 at 16:47
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    When Russia first started working with its makeshift alliance with terror states and groups I said that it would not last – there is only room for one Hegemon in the region – and it will be ether Russia or Iran but not both. Soon Iran will be openly carrying out terrorism against Russia through its proxies. At that stage it will be time for an alliance of a different nature to snuff out the Iranian supremacist terrorists who are far away from home and spending the huge wealth of their nation on their hate-driven projects. Soon Israel, the USA and Russia will be on the same page.

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    • Apr 16, 2019 @ 17:15 at 17:15
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      It will be interesting to see how the Russians handle terror against their interest by Iran.
      They wont ‘soft pedal’ it like the Americans.

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      • Apr 17, 2019 @ 0:48 at 0:48
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        Not smart to pretend that either the Russians or the Persians are as dumb as you…

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      • Apr 17, 2019 @ 4:13 at 4:13
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        …which is why there won’t be any.

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      • Apr 17, 2019 @ 9:44 at 9:44
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        As stated many time it is a No Brainier for Russia knowing Israel’s far advance Technological, Banking, and Cultural Powers are far superior than anything the Iranian Theocracy can create, conceive, or produce. The Shiia of Iran will always keep Iran in a Medieval Middle East Backward State until the True Persians that once worked with Judaism Return Iran to its Rightful Place as a Leader in the Middle East not a Weakling. The 21st Century demands Smarter People with Collective Mind not 7th Century Shiia Thinking!

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        • Apr 17, 2019 @ 15:19 at 15:19
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          Real superiority ; See people live in Israel in the or under poverty line ; Minimum wage guarantee , can guarantee an end to everyone. Moreover the systematic killing of senior citizen and taking away their earning and properties , will find its way to ICC. Real superiority by thieves running the country making 1 million /month in kahooz with American killers. Yes they bombed this or that , what is the difference . No difference . When you beat someone constantly , that someone might get used to it , and one day hit you back . As far as Russian concern , the Israeli contacts and so on , make no difference . Russians have their own interests everywhere , and no one should forget themselves , neither Iranians or Israelis , since they are nobody’s play , sure not Israeli allies . Israel is nice country , but its end end is coming , as sad as it sound.

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          • Apr 18, 2019 @ 2:37 at 2:37
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            solomeow, pussies like you have been predicting the end of Israel for 70 years.

            And Israel is STRONGER and SMARTER than EVER.

            What is on its last legs is the Fascist Regime of Iran and its dress wearing THUGolas.

          • Apr 18, 2019 @ 4:41 at 4:41
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            The swine likes to pretend that the squatters haven’t failed in every terrorist military adventure it has undertaken this millennium.

            They’re so strong that their highly trained snipers kill unarmed children every week.

    • Apr 16, 2019 @ 18:28 at 18:28
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      This is only a temporary situation, as Ezekiel makes it clear that ROSH will invade Israel supported by the EU Persia etc.

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      • Apr 16, 2019 @ 19:58 at 19:58
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        Correct. And neither Syria, Persia, Rosh nor anyone else may touch Israel without God allowing it, which he will not do at this time.

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      • Apr 16, 2019 @ 20:14 at 20:14
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        Get a life!

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      • Apr 17, 2019 @ 9:53 at 9:53
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        This when the Communists Party Ruled, and known for Deception with Joseph Stalin Paranoia. The Russian People have nothing in Common with Iranian Shiia and are Far Smarter knowing Israeli’s have more in Common with the Russian People. Once Iran turns back to Smart Persians they will Welcome both Russians and Israeli’s as Partners not Shiia Subjects!

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        • Apr 17, 2019 @ 23:30 at 23:30
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          I look forward to the day, soon Inshallah!, that Satans Ayatoolas end up like Gadaffi, Saddaam and Haman and his sons.

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    • Apr 17, 2019 @ 0:13 at 0:13
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      This scenario is not what Ezequiel 37-38 says will happen in the last days.

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    • Apr 17, 2019 @ 12:06 at 12:06
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      They’ve always been on the same page. The rest is PR and tactics. From Bolsheviks to Chabad, Russia dances to zionists’ tune, as does their American colony. Banker Jews own both but have them posing as adversaries via Hegelian strategy. Clear from outset- if Russians were serious about Syrian peace? They’d have nipped Israel in the bud from the start. Constructive chaos and Syria’s destruction by attrition disguises USrael’s outright invasion like they did in Iraq. Same outcome, longer timeline. Syria broken up for Israel to steal

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      • Apr 17, 2019 @ 13:01 at 13:01
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        stazi the nazi.

        The US should take over the oil fields of Iraq, lower the price of oil back to $10 per barrel, flood the world with cheap oil, and that will destroy fascist Iran and your death cult of Low-IQ knuckle-draggers.

        Happy Nakba!

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      • Apr 18, 2019 @ 23:42 at 23:42
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        stazi,stop barking

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  • Apr 16, 2019 @ 18:14 at 18:14
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    In Beirut in the 1970’s kidnapping was the vogue .Hizbulla made the mistake of kidnapping some Russian diplomats,and killing one,the rest were held.Russian special forces found out who the kidnappers were,and in turn kidnapped relatives of the kidnappers killing one and sending the mutilated body back.The next day the remaining Russian diplomats were returned unharmed.the comment was made by the Russian forces we are not here to teach the world to sing (a popular song at the time)
    Folks in the middle east have long memories,and would therefore be unlikely to forget the above episode.

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    • Apr 16, 2019 @ 20:16 at 20:16
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      I remember that very well…

      But unles I’m totaly wrong, it was not the mutilated body which was sent back, but the head…

      😉

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    • Apr 17, 2019 @ 0:50 at 0:50
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      Wow! Hizbollah did all that without existing as an organization for a decade!

      Wow. Now that is impressive.

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      • Apr 17, 2019 @ 5:44 at 5:44
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        Weaker than… You obviously were too young to know or maybe were not even born yet to know about the Hezbullah stupidity

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        • Apr 18, 2019 @ 4:48 at 4:48
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          Hizbollah wasn’t around in the 1970s.

          Only when antisemitic terrorists occupied South Lebanon did the group come into being. Since then, the squatters have been in full retreat.

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          • Apr 18, 2019 @ 23:38 at 23:38
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            @spider:even china joins the fight against the adepts of the religion of peace

  • Apr 16, 2019 @ 18:17 at 18:17
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    You can’t rely on Russians they are cowards, they will abandon any country to save their skin: Cuba, North Korea, Serbia, Libya, Angola, they will abandon even Venezuela when situation becomes hot.

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    • Apr 16, 2019 @ 18:32 at 18:32
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      Things will change and soon. Russia and those who support her will invade God’s chosen land of Israel.

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      • Apr 16, 2019 @ 18:50 at 18:50
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        Nope. A pre-trib fundi interpretation of Ezekiel. It’s time to give up Hal Lindsey for some real scholarship.

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        • Apr 16, 2019 @ 19:32 at 19:32
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          IBM Lindsey.

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      • Apr 16, 2019 @ 20:18 at 20:18
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        Another one….

        :/

        Get a life!

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    • Apr 16, 2019 @ 22:07 at 22:07
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      There are a lot of things that are wrong with the Russians – but they are not cowards.

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      • Apr 16, 2019 @ 22:36 at 22:36
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        True.

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    • Apr 17, 2019 @ 5:45 at 5:45
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      stupid remark. very stupid. must be a democrat!!!

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  • Apr 16, 2019 @ 20:10 at 20:10
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    The only raison Russia involved its self in Syria as they did was to be able to keep its base operativ in Syria in the future …
    Not to mention the fact no Western democraty could NOT put on the line the life of their solders on the line without putting in danger their own leadership in their country…

    Russians, and the rest of the world, including Israel, want stability in Syria in the future…
    Israel has absolutly no interress what so ever to take down Bashar…
    Having Bashar in power, equal stability on the Golan…

    Bashar did not have any other choice but to take the help Iran gave him… At the time… What ever the price in the future will be… (again, at the time!)

    Now, Isis and Co. are gone… (thanks to Russia)
    Bashar is back in control…
    The economi is bankrupt…
    The army is devastated…
    The country has to be build up again…

    Alle that, while Iran try to make Bashar to believe,/(dream) the destruction of Israel is on sight…

    Putin could not tell Bashar not to accept Iran’s help…
    But Putin knows very well, having an operativ Iran in Syria, wont bring stabillity in the area on the long run…
    Bashar will have to make a choice, keep Iran in the country, or get international help to build his country…
    Iran does not have thats quind of economy, Russia, EU, USA and the arab world has it…

    Sealing of advanced weapon system to Syria is just “business as usual”… (and econoic pressure on Syria from Russia)

    I’m confident IAF allready knows how to avoid the S400 system

    Putin and Israel have been cooperate for a very long time now, in any area…

    Putin is a friend of Israel, there is absolutly no doubt in my mind about that…

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  • Apr 16, 2019 @ 20:27 at 20:27
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    Iranian money is running out that was used to keep Russia under the Iranian thumb in Syria. This is what is resulting in Russia and Iran having disagreements in Syria. Anyways, getting involved in Syria has cost Russia Ukraine next door politically, territorially and religiously. Putin is not crazy enough to sacrifice Ukraine for Syria unless Iran has been paying the price tag for Russian involvement in Syria until now.

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    • Apr 17, 2019 @ 21:09 at 21:09
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      The Iran government publicly proclaims that Israel has no place in the world, making Israel’s strikes on Iranian supported Syrian military targets self-defense. As for the Syrian military, poison gas was my red line – any power that works to degrade Syria’s military has my admiration.

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  • Apr 16, 2019 @ 21:27 at 21:27
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    To V.V. Putin: “Lay down with dogs – get up with fleas”…

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  • Apr 16, 2019 @ 23:51 at 23:51
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    There is a story about Gas and Oil behind and the rest that we see is only marketing.
    War is done for gaining money or means of production which may be also land and natural resources
    like oil/gas and its transport

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  • Apr 17, 2019 @ 0:47 at 0:47
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    In other news, other sources report that sources close to Avgidor Lieberman are thrilled with his recent stomach stapling and hope that he can lose 100 kilos by 2020.

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  • Apr 17, 2019 @ 1:22 at 1:22
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    Russia has a respect for Israel. They do not want to fight the IDF.

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  • Apr 17, 2019 @ 13:58 at 13:58
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    THE REAL REASON IS THAT RUSSIA HAS MUCH TO LOOSE IN SYRIA WHEN IT IS ABOUT THEIR MILITARY EQUIPMENTS. ONE THING IS SURE THE RUSSIA MILITARY EQUIPMENT ESPECIALLY THEIR MOST POPULAR AND SO INVINCIBLE S400 , S300 THEIR ELECTRONIC WARFARE SYSTEM AND SO OVER EQUIPMENTS OF RUSSIAN ARMY HAVE FAILED IN SYRIA. RUSSIAN KNOWS IT. SYRIAN BATTELFIED IS ALSO A MARKET FOR RUSSIAN MILITARY INDUSTRY.
    WE KNOW THAT RUSSIAN MILITARY EQUIMENTS HAVE FAILED LIKE IT THE PAST. GOING TO WAR WITH ISRAELIS OR AMERICAN FORCES IN SYRIA IS A VERY VERY VERY BIG DANGER FOR RUSSIA . BECAUSE HUMILIATION IS WAITING FOR .AND RUSSIA CAN LOOSE IT STATUE OF SUPER POWER BEING DEFEATED…… RUSSIAN LEARNT ITS LESSONS FROM ITS LAST HUMILIATION WHEN IT TRIES TO CONFRONT US MILITARY IN SYRIA THE DEFEAT WERE BITTER

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    • Apr 17, 2019 @ 23:33 at 23:33
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      I see you are still using your Apple ][ with Upper Case Only.

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  • Apr 17, 2019 @ 19:18 at 19:18
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    V.V. Putin knows well the old Russian proverb: “Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.”
    But he still does it…

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