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‘Russians in Syria don’t prevent Israel attacks,’ expert says

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A leading Israeli expert on Syria told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that Russia’s increasing military presence in the country would not prevent Israel from attacking it to defend itself.

“The arrival of the Russians does not prevent Israel from carrying out attacks,” said Prof. Eyal Zisser, an expert on Syria from the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University.

Previous foreign press reports about Israel attacking Syria took place also after the Russian’s began increasing their military intervention in the country, he noted.

“There is more caution and vigilance, but my understanding is that there is no change in Israeli policy. When there are targets, then attack.”

Regarding the latest reported attack by Israel against Hezbollah targets in the area around Qalamoun overnight Saturday, Zisser responded that he does not know whether these latest Syrian reports are accurate, but noted that usually when there are attacks, there tends to be intensive media reports in Syria and Lebanon about them.

“That didn’t happen in this case,” he said, adding that this adds doubt to the veracity of the reports.

The Lebanese media outlet Al-Mustaqbal reported that there were dead and wounded Hezbollah fighters in the attack close to the Lebanese border, Israel Radio reported citing Syrian forces.

A source close to commanders of the Western-backed


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