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UNREAL: Russia FIRES on Israel…Netanyahu’s worst dream comes true


Back in August 2011, I was part of a Congressional delegation weeklong visit to Israel. One of the special parts of this visit, which included our spouses, was to sit with Prime Minister Netanyahu in his cabinet room and discuss Middle East security policy. It was there — and I will never forget — that PM Netanyahu very presciently warned we should not consent to a complete withdrawal of our military footprint from Iraq. He strenuously conveyed to us there would be a vacuum created and who — or what — would fill that void could be very dangerous.

And so that prediction has come to fruition with, as predicted by PM Netanyahu, dangerous consequences for his nation.

As reported by Reuters:

Russian forces in Syria have fired at least twice on Israeli military aircraft, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek improved operational coordination with Moscow, Israel’s top-selling newspaper said on Friday.

Asked about the alleged incidents, however, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “In this case, Israeli press reports are far from reality.”

But Netanyahu, in remarks published by Israeli reporters whom he briefed by phone on his talks on Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said “there have been problems” regarding Israeli military freedom of operation in Syria.

He gave no details, but said: “If you don’t deal with the friction, it could develop into something more serious.” 

The unsourced report in Yedioth Ahronoth made no mention of dates or locations for the two reported incidents, nor did it give any indication of whether the Israeli planes were hit.

Russia mounted its military intervention in Syria in September to shore Damascus up amid a now 5-year-old rebellion.

Separately, Israel’s Channel 10 TV said a Russian warplane approached an Israeli warplane off the Mediterranean coast of Syria last week but that there was no contact between them.

Israel, which says it has carried out dozens of bombings in Syria to foil suspected arms handovers to Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas, was quick to set up an operational hotline with Moscow designed to avoid accidentally trading fire with Russian interventionary forces.

The true consequence, whether intended or unintended, resulting from the precipitous Obama-ordered withdrawal from Iraq is the hegemonic influence of Iran. And I know the liberal progressive detractors will issue their rhetorical talking point about Obama just carrying out the Bush agreement.

However, it was President Obama who refused to heed the advice and counsel of the Commanding General on the ground in Iraq in maintaining a residual force presence; all that was requested was 10,000-15,000 troops for training and outer cordon security. In other words, prevent


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