The above video, from Ria Novosti, portrays the Pantsir system in action. The Pantsir is the weapon of choice for Russia and Syria to deal with incoming cruise missiles. It uses two arms to shoot down the missiles at relatively close range, namely, cannons and small guided missiles. Both fire systems are extremely accurate. The system downed 14 of the 16 missiles fired by the Israelis from Lebanese air space, which Israel invades frequently, illegally and with impunity, since the US supports everything Israel does, for 2 reasons: the powerful lobby AIPAC and the cult of “Christian” Zionism that dominates the Evangelical community in the US, as detailed here. (The Bible is not the problem, it’s the misreading of it that has led to the Evangelical community’s blind support for the secular state of Israel and its crimes, such as the IDF’s shoot-to-kill order against unarmed protesters).
Commentary and [notes in square brackets] by Vince Dhimos.
Our translation of an article from rusnext.ru provides details on the latest Israeli attack on Syria that are hard to find in the Western media and sheds light on what we might expect in the Middle East next now that the US has promised to pull out of Syria.
The author reminds us that Netanyahu is under investigation for corruption, like his predecessor Ehud Olmert (who was jailed). He is in the same position as Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, both of whom are leading their nations into dangerous warlike moves intended to garner points for them in an election they are not likely to win.
The article in rusnext.ru is a rather accurate translation from raialyoum.com, an alternative news source in Arabic that publishes from London. According to Wikipedia, raialyoum editor Abdel Bari Atwan has been repeatedly censored “in several Arab countries for his vocal criticism of what the paper alleges is their autocratic rule and excessive deference to Israel and the United States.”
When reading news from outlets in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf statelets or Jordan, or others controlled by pro-US editors (such as the rabidly anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) you need to be aware that the viewpoint and the sorting of news items to be covered may be influenced by the alignment of these countries with the US government, and the viewpoint purveyed in these sources will likely be intended to sway the reader to support US-backed “moderate” terrorists and US wars. Typically, these outlets omit any report on the progress of the anti-terror efforts in Syria. This is obviously because most such reports would reveal that there still are large pockets of ISIS left in Syria (at variance with the US story that “we have defeated ISIS”), and that Russia and Assad (not the US) are winning against the terrorists. Also generally omitted are reports of the murder of unarmed protesters in Palestine by the out-of-control IDF and the Israeli missile attacks on sovereign Syrian territory. All of which make the US and its allies look bad.
Middle East Sources that are reasonably objective and do not eschew news items on the war in Syria and Yemen, or on Saudi or Israeli atrocities, include the following:
Middle East Eye
and for insight into the real Syria on the ground check out this video site:
judging by Russia’s furious reaction, the Israeli air strike at 11:34 on 12/28/2018, we can’t rule out the possibility that the Israeli missile attack, which on Tuesday evening hit a military warehouse to the west of Damascus, injuring three people, is the very last Israeli attack on Syria, given the response of Russia and Syria and the possible consequences of another such strike in the future, writes raialyoum.com. Before detailing our point of view, it should be noted that the F-16 aircraft launched these missiles during a flight in Lebanese airspace. They did not dare to penetrate the Syrian airspace, as they had done before, ie, before the Syrian Arab Army had received Russian S-300 missiles. Perhaps the next step will be to counter these aircraft in Lebanese airspace. There are three important circumstances that should be noted in connection with what happened.
14 of 16: The Ministry of Defense reported the number of intercepted Israeli missiles.
Firstly, there is Russian discontent, which was expressed by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defence of Russia Igor Konashenkov. As he put it, this is a “provocative violation” of Syrian sovereignty. The statement said that Israeli aircraft fired 16 missiles, 14 of which were intercepted, and the other two hit the target - a military depot. Konashenkov confirmed – and this is very important – that this bombardment coincided with the landing of six civilian aircraft at Beirut International Airport and threatened the safety of two of them.
Secondly, the Israeli military leadership acknowledged a strike by a Syrian missile near the city of Haifa, which reveals the ineffectiveness of the Israeli iron domes, which were built at a cost of tens of billions of dollars with the support of the United States.
Thirdly, there has been significant progress in terms of the effectiveness and accuracy of Syrian anti-aircraft missiles, since the Russian military representative confirmed the elimination of 14 enemy missiles.
Netanyahu, who suffered a major defeat in the Gaza Strip a month ago, is awaiting parliamentary elections in April. A noose of corruption is tightening around his neck, so he wants to restore his reputation and once again present himself to the Israeli electorate as a strong Israeli capable of ensuring his country’s security. Therefore, he defends the missile strike on Syria, which is a provocation not only for the Syrian leadership, but for President Vladimir Putin personally. It is true that the Israeli invasion of Lebanese airspace and its threat to air traffic at the Beirut airport did not harm Russian or other aircraft. However, this hands a weighty political and diplomatic excuse to the Lebanese government and its chairman, Saad Hariri, to appeal to the UN Security Council to discuss the dangerous Israeli step. Will they do it?
Israeli attacks on arms depots in the Latakia area near the Khmeimim airbase led to the crash of a Russian spy plane and the death of 11 people on board. President Putin immediately decided to transfer the C-300 air defence system to Syria. He refused to accept Netanyahu, despite all the latter’s fawning requests. This raise the question: what will be the decision of the Russian leadership in connection with this Israeli provocation that caused damage to the Russian reputation in Syria? Will Moscow give a green light to using S-300 missiles to fight Israeli planes not only in Syrian airspace, but also in Lebanon, and, possibly, in the occupied Palestinian territories?
At the moment we have no answers to these questions, but the fierce reaction of Russia and how it sounded it can shed light on much of what we learn in the new year and, possibly, in the case of another Israeli missile attack. For the Israeli leadership, the American decision to withdraw all its troops from Syria within two months, despite the fact that the two objectives set before them were not achieved was a fatal blow. The first objective was the final liquidation of the “Islamic State” (banned in the Russian Federation - approx. Ed.) East of the Euphrates, and the second is to force Iran to withdraw its forces and subordinate groups from Syria. American troops in the east of the Euphrates and in northern Syria hampered the supply of pro-Iranian forces in Syria, and their withdrawal means the disappearance of this obstacle and the opening of the road from Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the shores of the Mediterranean. It would not be an exaggeration to say that this blow may be Netanyahu’s last shot before he finds himself where his predecessor Ehud Olmert is now, that is, in prison [actually, Olmert was released in 2017]. Even if he avoids this fate, his chances of winning the next parliamentary elections seem insignificant. Will the Israelis elect a leader who lost in the Gaza Strip and whose theatrical production around Hezbollah tunnels in southern Lebanon was exposed when the UN Security Council did not issue a single statement on this issue? Will they choose a leader in which the Jewish state lost the support of Russia? Netanyahu’s days are numbered, and we do not think that the situation for his successors will be better: the time when Israel could show its military arrogance has passed and will not return, and in the new year we will see this.