Israel Looks to Russia, Not US, for Leadership To Deescalate Syrian Conflict

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The Eurasia Group, a New York-based political risk consultancy, said in a commentary that "in order to reinforce deterrence, Israeli leaders will probably assess they need to show Iran, Hezbollah and Syria they will continue to strike targets despite the risk".

Another worry for Israel is reporting that Iran might be interested in a permanent base in Syria.

Israeli soldiers block a road in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on February 10, 2018.

Said, Liberman, "They don't ask us for advice, and far be it from me to give them advice on how to run their security and foreign policies, but we are certainly quite satisfied by the back-up given to Israel from the USA". Gen. Ronen Manelis, said in a statement. Its two crew members survived with non-life-threatening injuries and parachuted to safety.

As a result they launched airstrikes against Iranian positions deep inside Syria, which resulted in one of their jets being shot down as it returned to Israel.

It was also the first downing of an Israeli warplane by enemy fire since that conflict.

The Israeli planes were met with a barrage of missiles fired by Syria, one of which hit an F-16 jet that had a crew of two.

It said those aircraft came under heavy Syrian anti-aircraft fire and the F16 was hit, crashing in northern Israel 's Jezreel valley.

Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said his country would not "accept any limitations" regarding its missions in Syria against suspected arms transfers from Iran to Hezbollah.

At 8:45 a.m., the IDF launched a "large-scale attack" against "the Syrian aerial defense array and additional Iranian targets in Syria".

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They are vying for control of the Middle East in the wake of the Syrian civil war.

Michael Oren, Prime Minister Netanyahu's Deputy Minister for Public Diplomacy, told Bloomberg that he believed that Israel is looking more to Moscow than to the United States to deescalate things. Up to now, Israel has been trying to avoid direct confrontation on this level with the Iranians. So far Iran has stood resolute in Syria and Iraq in spite of the US and Israel's opposition to Tehran's recent aggressive military policy in the Middle East.

Russia, who are allies with the Bashar government have urged restraint, the UK Independent has reported.

While the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern over the Israeli strikes on targets in Syria, urging the sides to avoid escalating the situation, the USA expressed full support for Israel, backing Israel's claims and blaming Iran for escalating the situation in Syria. Russian Federation made no mention of the initial incident which triggered the retaliation, the Iranian drone. "We will respond to every provocation".

The weekend also suggests Russian Federation is now an essential arbiter in the region where nobody considers Syria's borders anything other than lines on a map, and preparations for a war on Iran progress.

It was the culmination of a frightening escalation of fighting between competing powers.

For instance, supposed allies the U.S. and Turkey are trading threats over northern Syria.

Russian Federation has been supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with air forces and troops in that country's civil war since 2015.

The U.S. claimed 100 of the attackers were killed in the strikes, which were countered by U.S. F-22 stealth jets, F-15 fighters and MQ-9 drones, as well as a U.S. High Mobility Artillery Rocket System. President Vladimir Putin has not officially confirmed this to his country.

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