Trump warns Putin of US umbrella over Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria

Tehran had no reason to expect Russian Pantsir, S-300 or S-400 air defense missiles to begin knocking out the Israeli aircraft targeting Iranian military sites in Syria. Some analysts reported that Iran was disappointed by the silence of the Russian systems when, according to Syrian sources, Israeli aircraft from Lebanese air space struck locations, in the Hama region early Saturday, April 13.

DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources reveal that the Russians were quietly strengthened in their three-year policy of non-interference by a message from President Donald Trump to President Vladimir Putin through back-channels. Putin was warned to continue to turn a blind eye to Israeli raids on Iranian targets in Syria. The message implied that the Israeli Air Force was for the first time operating under an American aerial umbrella.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu knew about the Trump message before he sat down with Putin in the Kremlin on April 4. He was there to adapt the military coordination arrangements between Israel and Russia to the relocation of Iranian command enters and stores from Damascus to Aleppo. The Israeli Air Force targeted the new locations for the first time on Feb. 27.

The US guarantee of aerial support was first arranged at the end of 2018 between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Netanyahu in his dual role as defense minister. But only now was it brought to the attention of the Russian president.

Had the prime minister gone public on this deal before the April 9 general election, he would have been accused of inappropriately boosting his Likud party’s prospects. For that reason, Netanyahu and Putin abstained from going into specifics of the new arrangements when they met, having earlier covered them discreetly in their phone conversation a few days before their meeting.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his staff were conspicuously absent from the Israeli leader’s Moscow talks on April 4. They were demonstrating the reservations they have about American intervention in the bilateral Russian-Israeli understandings over the IAF’s targeting of military assets and arms shipments in Syria. As of now, the Russian military in Syria is barred from interfering in Israel’s anti-Iran offensive by the threat of American reprisals. At the same time, neither Washington nor Moscow is keen on a military flare-up occurring in Syria, certainly not one involving the Iranian military or its allied Shiite militias, especially Hizballah.

The Iranians were furious when the Russian military made no move to defend their sites against Israel’s latest attack on the military facilities they share with the Syrians in and around Masyaf in the western Hama province. Syrian State media reported that several buildings were destroyed, including a military academy, and that Syrian air defenses shot down some of the Israeli missiles. Syrian opposition sources cited three Israeli targets and 17 casualties, including deaths, but it was not immediately clear whether they were Syrian or pro-Iranian militia fighters. DEBKAfile adds that one of the targets was a factory for upgrading the precision of surface missiles supplied by Iran to Hizballah.

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62 thoughts on “Trump warns Putin of US umbrella over Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria

  • Apr 13, 2019 @ 13:58 at 13:58

    In a neighborhood where Iran, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Qatar, Lebanon, Turkey, Hezbollah, Hamas, and all manner of terror groups are lined up against Israel, it is good to know that the US is on Israel’s side without the equivocation of the previous Obama administration that removed sanctions from Iran and then paved the way for a nuclear Iran. If the Dems ever got back into power, the US would be moved to align itself in the Axis of Jihad against Israel. The time to do what needs to be done is now – before the communists and leftists and islamists take over the world.

    • Apr 13, 2019 @ 22:56 at 22:56

      The apartheid squatter state can sleep easy knowing the pedophile cannibal army of the Saud crime family has their backs!

      • Apr 14, 2019 @ 1:31 at 1:31

        Arafat used to say, “my fellow Arab terrorists, ask not what your PLO can lie for you, ask what you can lie for your PLO, lie for the refugee’s fake legend, and lie for justifying fake rights over the Jew’s land”

      • Apr 14, 2019 @ 1:45 at 1:45

        Lost westbank as I was walking through Judea and Samaria this 12th of April for the purpose to run over some Jews.
        Please do not return to the owner, better call Palestinian National Authority in Ramallah.

      • Apr 14, 2019 @ 3:04 at 3:04

        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^One note song^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      • Apr 14, 2019 @ 21:39 at 21:39

        Please keep it up. You make me laugh. Laughter is good for the body.

        • Apr 15, 2019 @ 6:22 at 6:22

          As I have said many times, the laughter keeps me coming back to the site.

          If I can make you smile, it’s a nice respite from fake bottle rocket attacks broadcast to make people run for cover, pee themselves, and beg for a fascist dictator to save them.

          It’s a tough life for the poor squatters…

          • Apr 15, 2019 @ 9:36 at 9:36

            Your poor sand squatters are going to have to relocate to Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon where they can get back to work doing what they do best – killing fellow Arabs/Muslims.

            BTW where is the wife of the late chairman of Pal-e-SWINE, Suha Arafat and her millions of Euros/Dollars pension? Suha doesn’t to live with her “people”? What’s the matter?

      • Apr 15, 2019 @ 16:25 at 16:25

        We have to work very hard to prevent Shiite elements from Yemen and Iraq from invading Saudi Arabia and capturing Mecca since Shiites believe, half of the true believers will ride from Yemen carrying white flags to Mecca, while the other half will ride from Karbala, in Iraq, carrying black flags to Mecca.

      • Apr 18, 2019 @ 1:28 at 1:28

        Wow so upset and all the name calling from a pinhead. How typical zika has struck.

    • Apr 14, 2019 @ 0:23 at 0:23

      There is no one on anyone side ; The story is a corrupt interpretation of American paradox ;How exactly they create ambrella to anyone , when on the borders of Israel stationed 4 million foreign enemy troops .
      Will they bomb they all to submission , like in Afghanistan , where they loose around 20 people daily to sicknesses, cholera, death by any group no align , not to speak about Nato forces that are surrounded in their places . Maybe they will also do a deal with the Chinese , or others. The war is coming to America and Israel , and they better prepare for it , since it might not be that nice , and have a nuke umbrella over USA gone transforming USA to a water main connecting Pacific and Atlantic , and Israel finally connecting to Efrat .

      • Apr 14, 2019 @ 1:14 at 1:14

        So you really think that Israel and the US aren’t prepared for war? I’d say they are letting the insane muslim wannabes know that there is a unified front against them. This is their chance to stop their actions against Israel or pay a price that is unimaginable. Use commonsense instead. Choose life and prosperity.

      • Apr 14, 2019 @ 1:40 at 1:40

        You are absolutely WRONG!

      • Apr 14, 2019 @ 21:40 at 21:40

        Please keep it up. You make me laugh. Laughter is good for the body.

    • Apr 14, 2019 @ 11:14 at 11:14

      iran ve rusya hint-avrupa dil ailesinden ve akraba ülkelerdir

    • Apr 14, 2019 @ 18:53 at 18:53

      Russia and Putin are out their place in the Middle East and should be working with USA, Gulf States, and Israel when removing the Iranian Regime and replacing with a Persia Paradise that will benefit Russia Oil and Energy in many way in Partnership. The Iranian Regime since 1979 has done nothing to advance Persians.

  • Apr 13, 2019 @ 13:59 at 13:59

    YaAllah, I like Trump ME policy as much as I love his wife looks !

    • Apr 13, 2019 @ 17:25 at 17:25

      Your grammar sucks.

      • Apr 13, 2019 @ 22:25 at 22:25

        Tsss; them missiles, they hurt you so bad… Go tell Nazralla.

    • Apr 14, 2019 @ 11:16 at 11:16

      dünyanın tüm ülkeleri israilin saldırganlığı çılgınlığı üzerine yönetilemez

      • Apr 18, 2019 @ 2:48 at 2:48

        man your english is horrible

    • Apr 14, 2019 @ 20:15 at 20:15

      The Ayatoolahs keep their wives wrapped in black sacks to prevent the Persian people from vomiting when looking upon Mrs. Ayatoolas.

  • Apr 13, 2019 @ 14:31 at 14:31

    Thank you PR. Trump

  • Apr 13, 2019 @ 14:53 at 14:53

    That’s good news. The tables are turning… Let’s hope this understanding works out. Seriously, Iran is in Syria to do no good and everyone knows that. This would be a good time for Iran to pull its forces back before they are systematically obliterated. Enough is enough, they should just go home before they are blown away.

    • Apr 13, 2019 @ 17:47 at 17:47

      Iran is bringing in many thousands more and they are granted Syrian citizenships.

      • Apr 13, 2019 @ 20:49 at 20:49

        Will Iran bring in their caskets, too?

  • Apr 13, 2019 @ 15:18 at 15:18

    Maybe this is the “collusion” the media keeps reporting, as if it were a bad thing. Russia, the United States, Israel, Nato and Sunni Nations working together to halt the expansion of Iran and its proxies in the Middle East.

  • Apr 13, 2019 @ 15:45 at 15:45

    It’s not that Israel doesn’t know how to deal with russian hardware. IAF had shown several short videos of the destruction of the Pantsir systems delivered to Syrians. Since time immemorial IAF studying S-300, starting from the model which had been sold to Greece in 90s. Israeli EW systems constantly monitor emissions from russian radars at Hmeimim base and around, and IAF knows how to jam it, but it will result in direct confrontation with Russia, which is senseless and unnecessary form point of view of Israel National Interests. Israel has no quarrel with Russia, but with Iran, and Muslims

    • Apr 14, 2019 @ 11:18 at 11:18

      iran vu rusya akraba ülkelerdir çünkü aynı dil ailesinden hint-avrupa dil ailesinden bağları vardır

  • Apr 13, 2019 @ 16:46 at 16:46

    Death to our enemies!!! Peace upon Israel!!!

    • Apr 13, 2019 @ 20:39 at 20:39

      Eternal Nakba upon Pal-e-SWINE!

      • Apr 13, 2019 @ 21:57 at 21:57

        “Palestine” and “Palestinians”; mentioned exactly zero times in the Koran (Israel, Children of Israel, Land of Israel referenced numerous times). A fictional people invented after WWII by the KGB, and philosophically descended from Nazism.

        • Apr 13, 2019 @ 22:11 at 22:11

          Actually in the Holy Quran, the name that comes closest in spelling to look like فلسطين (filastin) is الشيطان (alshaytan)


        • Apr 13, 2019 @ 22:55 at 22:55

          Retard. The fake state of Israel was invented after WWII by the United Nations. The UN is NuttyYahoo’s god!

          From the first sentence of the Balfour declaration of 1917, written to Rothschild, the owner of the squatter colony:

          “His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people…”

          • Apr 13, 2019 @ 23:37 at 23:37

            The Koran, which predates the Balfour Declaration by 1000+years, explicitly references Israel as a land and people, making exactly zero direct or explicit references to “Palestine”or “Palestinians”, which seems odd, since as we are seemingly neverendingly told, everything about Palestine and Palestinians is supposedly so very important. Seems like there should be hundreds of explicit Koran references, not exactly zero.

          • Apr 14, 2019 @ 1:03 at 1:03

            We’re here, we’re strong, we’re happy, we’re rich, with a large Arab population that supports us. You are a bunch of failed states that couldn’t make a good decision to save your lives.

          • Apr 14, 2019 @ 2:04 at 2:04


            I’m not discussing the Qu’ran with an antisemite. Whenever Balfour gets mentioned, Mossad’s ISISHumpers stop the discussion. Wonder why…

            Perhaps it’s because they’re as full of $hit as you…

            If Palestine didn’t exist until 1948 or whatever nonsense you claimed, why was Rothschild getting love letters from his slaves about it three decades earlier?

        • Apr 13, 2019 @ 23:00 at 23:00

          “Looks like “and close enough seem rather weak past expressions concerning something we are presently told is so very important. Also, “looks like “ and close enough don’t match numerous explicit references to a land and a people; Israel.

        • Apr 14, 2019 @ 19:01 at 19:01

          The Labor Party over Decade after Decade reached out for Peaceful Coexistence and the only thing the Palentsisans did reject every opportunity. Israel is Right to continue its Development of Land and Hamas and Gaza are just another example of creating Poverty not Progress aligning with Iran about to Fall as well! The World and the Mideast are advancing and leaving such Stubborn Ignorance and so be it!

      • Apr 13, 2019 @ 22:14 at 22:14

        فلسطين looks like الشيطان

        • Apr 13, 2019 @ 23:48 at 23:48

          “Palestine” and “Palestinians” are mid 20th century political constructs. Israel as a land and people are recognized in the Koran, and both biblical testaments. Nowhere do they mention Palestine, or a distinct people called Palestinians.

          • Apr 13, 2019 @ 23:56 at 23:56

            What I am trying to show is that the word alsatan comes closest to palastan.

          • Apr 14, 2019 @ 11:24 at 11:24

            iran ve rusya akraba ülkelerdir ayrıca hint-avrupa dil ailesinden olup iki yakın ülkedir

          • Apr 14, 2019 @ 14:31 at 14:31

            The is no letter or its equivalent in Arabic with the pronunciation of the letter “P” in English. ’nuff said.

        • Apr 14, 2019 @ 11:27 at 11:27

          iran ve rusya aynı dil ailesi olan hint-avrupa dil ailesindedirler akraba ülkelerdir

    • Apr 14, 2019 @ 11:20 at 11:20

      yıkılsın israil kaos çıkartan ortadoğuyu ve afrikayı kana bulayan siyonist ve emperyalistler tümü tok olsun inşallah eğer yeniden bir haçlı seferleri başlatılırsa biz her zaman isralin yıkılışına kadar mücadeleye hazırız yok israil kimseye bulaşmazsa bizde bulaşmayız israilin meraklısıda değiliz

  • Apr 13, 2019 @ 18:36 at 18:36

    Almost too good to be true ! May the Almighty God of Israel guide and protect these two world leaders
    and their nations, now and in the future. Amen.

    • Apr 14, 2019 @ 11:22 at 11:22

      israil rusyadan minnet beklemesin kendi emelleri için çünkü iran ve rusya hint-avrupa dil ailesinden olup akraba ülkelerdir

    • Apr 14, 2019 @ 11:25 at 11:25

      netanyahu trump tüm yahudi evanjelist ve siyonistler ölsün yerle bir olsun yerle bir olsunlar

  • Apr 13, 2019 @ 19:15 at 19:15

    Russia wants Syria to itself and wants Iran to only play a minor role. Iran wants the dominant role, thus Russia looks the other way when Israel bombs Iranian facilities.

  • Apr 13, 2019 @ 21:45 at 21:45

    Be very careful as Yankees are traders and will turn their backs on anybody at the first opportunity. They don’t respect their trade agreements and will turn their backs on their allies at a moment’s notice. They are all who * rers which can be bought by the highest bidder at a given time.

    • Apr 13, 2019 @ 21:59 at 21:59

      Are you sure about this given that starting in late 2015 Russia got directly involved in Syria after Putin was visited by Soleimani and billions were used from the Obama Iran nuclear deal to finance this. As a result of too much Russian focus on Syria, somehow Ukraine politically, territorially and religiously got lost to Russia. Is far away Syria worth more to Russia than close by Ukraine? No, not after Iranian funding is deceasing.

  • Apr 14, 2019 @ 1:21 at 1:21

    Did you call someone a “retard”?

    • Apr 14, 2019 @ 2:09 at 2:09

      If, as a grown up, you can’t read the words contained in the Balfour Declaration, sadly you have severely retarded literacy competence.

      Nothing about “His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people,” should give a problem to anyone reading at a 6 year old’s level.

      Except maybe the funny way the British spelled favour.

      • Apr 14, 2019 @ 20:07 at 20:07

        Here’s proof you shouldn’t sleep with your sister…

        • Apr 14, 2019 @ 22:16 at 22:16

          Tell that to NuttyYahoo’s Saud family perverts.

  • Apr 14, 2019 @ 3:00 at 3:00

    Nobody in the Arab world even cares about the trouble making fakeastillians.

  • Apr 14, 2019 @ 4:05 at 4:05

    Forgive me, but I have to be very skeptical of even the slightest hint that Trump, a Russian stooge, would countenance any kind of threat against the Kremlin. Bull feathers. If it is true, then US intelligence probably had a hand blackmailing him to do it. After all, Putin is blackmailing him from the other side. Why shouldn’t the US intelligence community do the same? Trump-everybody’s favorite punching bag. But, I still doubt it, anyway. The US intelligence community seemed to be opposed to declaring the IRGA a terrorist organization.
    My guess is Israeli capabilities alone may have convinced the Russians to back off a bit. I don’t think the US wants to tangle big-time with the Russians in the Near East. They could retaliate elsewhere. Small world, isn’t it?

    • Apr 14, 2019 @ 20:10 at 20:10

      Drinking the Kool-aid are we?

  • Apr 14, 2019 @ 16:56 at 16:56

    Trump told Putin if he wants war with the US Syria will be the place and Putin was told by his technical people that the new air defense systems the S-300 and S-400 cannot see the incoming F-35’s and Russia’s positions in Syria is not capable of being defended against the F-35’s. If the F-35’s can do that what can the F-22 Raptor do?

  • Apr 14, 2019 @ 21:49 at 21:49

    Israel is nothing without US and they can not fight on the ground just like US mercenaries who are hiding behind Kurdish forces, Israelis are supporting terrorists no wonder IS apologised to Israeli Arming for firing a mortar at Israeli position. As for F35 I thought they have been grounded after the crash in Japan, It can not be seen because it is at the bottom of the ocean.

  • Apr 17, 2019 @ 17:21 at 17:21

    Ezekiel 38 says Russia, Iran, Turkey and others will be devastated as they attack Israel in the Golan. They’re coming for SPOIL (spoil = oil)…the oil that no one knew existed, until Israel recently discovered it. Wonder how God knew that; or how Russia, Iran and Turkey would suddenly ally with one another FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, to go against Israel. Only God.

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