Israel has wary eye on Iran after ‘jewhadists’ rebels lose Aleppo


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YNET – With Syria’s Aleppo victory likely to cause reshaping of region, Israel concerned over Tehran’s extended reach, increased flow of arms to Revolutionary Guard forces or Shi’ite Muslim proxies such as Hezbollah; ‘Iran has a strategic plan. It might bring Iranian troops closer to Israel,’ says official.

The fall of Aleppo to Syrian government forces backed by Russia and Iran has heightened alarm in Israel about potential threats to its borders and a wider reshaping of the region.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left no doubt on Wednesday about the depth of Israel’s concern about Tehran, whose position and that of its proxies in Syria has been strengthened by the crushing of rebel resistance in Aleppo.

At a meeting in Astana with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Netanyahu was asked whether he had a message for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is scheduled to visit Kazakhstan next week.

“Don’t threaten us. We are not a rabbit, we are a tiger,” the Jerusalem Post newspaper quoted Netanyahu as telling Nazarbayev. “If you threaten us, you endanger yourself.”

Asked by Nazarbayev if he seriously believed Iran wanted to destroy Israel, Netanyahu replied: “Yes, I do.”

The more than five-year-old civil war in Syria has enabled Iran, whose Supreme leader has called for an end to the Jewish state, to steadily increase its influence across the region.

Whether via its own Revolutionary Guard forces or Shi’ite Muslim proxies, especially Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia, Tehran’s reach extends from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean Sea.

As well as concerns about an increased flow of arms now that Iran has access to a port on the Mediterranean at Tartus, on the southern Syrian coast, Israel worries Hezbollah, emboldened by Iran’s patronage, may launch new attacks on its territory.

There have been isolated border incidents in recent months, and Israel and Hezbollah fought a war in 2006. While Hezbollah’s ranks have suffered in the fighting in Syria—Israeli officials estimate 1,700 fighters have been killed and 7,000 wounded—the group has restocked its weaponry and retains an arsenal of at least 100,000 rockets, Israeli and independent analysts say.

In recent weeks, unclaimed airstrikes have targeted southern Syria and near Damascus. Syria has pointed the finger at Israel, which has made no comment. But Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said last week Israel was working “to prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah.”

WARY OF IRAN 

Avi Dichter, the chair of Israel’s foreign affairs and defence committee and the former head of the Shin Bet intelligence agency, said Iran had tried several times in the past to move forces into the Syrian Golan Heights, next to territory that Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Those moves were repelled, Dichter told Reuters. But he said that, with Iran flush with cash and confidence after last year’s agreement restricting Iran’s nuclear program, it was possible further attempts would be made to test Israel’s responses.

“Iran has a strategic plan,” he said. “It might bring Iranian troops closer to Israel, either Revolutionary Guards, who are pure Iranians, or others, like Hezbollah or the Basij militia, which might be a very good cover for them.”

Beyond the threat from Iran and its proxies, Dichter has warned that Israel, widely thought to be the only nuclear capable state in the Middle East despite maintaining a policy of ambiguity, must not put too much confidence in Russia. The Israeli government sees Moscow as an ally but Dichter says it could shift position if its interests are threatened.

Dichter believes Russia has long-term aspirations in the Middle East which could bring fundamental changes to the borders of the region, depending largely on how incoming US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin interact.

“Those two leaders might not just think but act in order to create what we call a new Middle East,” Dichter said.

He called Russia the “supreme decider” in Syria but made clear the immediate concerns were Iran and Hezbollah.

“We have no intention to allow Hezbollah to test their sophisticated weapons because there are no other targets in the Middle East except Israel when Hezbollah and Iran think about an offensive initiative,” said Dichter. “By all means Israel is going to stop it, never mind whether by alerts or activities or any other tools.”

  1. #1 by Tapp on 12/16/2016 - 9:34

    Milekowsky is as crazy as a mad dog. He had temperament of another Zionist crazy Ben Grun…Both of polish Jew DNA.
    He tells the USA that Israel will do what Israel wants….Goy keep the money coming. What’s wrong w our government and the UN joke??

  2. #2 by Frederick on 12/17/2016 - 9:34

    All great news! How wonderful to see Israel eventually vanquished, the terrorist, squatter jews there scattered with the wind.

  3. #3 by huw jarse on 12/17/2016 - 9:34

    We all know this Khazarian filth is living on borrowed time, more and more Christians and Muslims are becoming aware that they are the ‘chosen few’ of the lesser god Lucifer. Their satanic practices and acts of child-murder by the thousands are by the evil ones followers all of whom are Jews ( Khazars ) who sit in positions of power in politics and finance (Banks) and the media. The real children of God, the Goys, must recognise that these other species are not human, they are inhuman, Monsters who are satanic psychopaths and should be treated as so.

  4. #4 by Kolo on 12/17/2016 - 9:34

    The Net Is Closing In On Those Scums

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