Ben Caspit reports that unlike Turkey, Israel and Russia are effectively coordinating their Syria policies.
“The Russians and Israelis are on the same page, at least for now,” Caspit writes. “They see eye to eye about the situation, coordinate their activities in real time, respect each other and give each other the space they need. Israel does it mainly because it has no choice in the matter. Russia does it because it neither needs nor wants to open yet another front, in addition to all the other fronts it already opened up in the region.”
Avigdor Liberman, a Knesset member, former foreign minister and leading critic of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the right, told Caspit, “We have full coordination in real time with Russian ground forces and the Russian air force. There is an open line of communication between us, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I hope we don’t find ourselves in the same situation as the Turks found themselves with the Russians. I see no reason for that to happen though. Everything the Russians have been signaling seems to focus on close cooperation. Just this week, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin extended sentencing for anti-Semitic acts in Russia. They want to import more Israeli vegetables. They tell us that we’re not involved [in the conflict], at least as far as they are concerned. Russia has no problem with us. They are dealing with other interests.”
TAP – All very curious. Israel must be behind the international NATO war to get rid of Assad. Russia is fighting to protect him and save their naval/air base at Latakia. Maybe Israel wants Turkey put back in its box, before showing resistance to Putin.
All claim to be fighting ISIS. Yet only Russia is. This game is far more complicated than my brain can work out. The balkanisation of the Middle East is Israel’s long term game. Russia will stop Syria from becoming an Islamic state, and help in the process of balkanisation. ISIS was doing too well. So was Turkey. Russia’s helping keep the place divided up into pieces, as the world’s air forces descend.