Vince Dhimos answered a question on Quora.
What would Israel be targeting in Syria?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
Answered 15m ago
It is good to have an overview of the Middle East when considering any issue concerning this region.
Israel has always hated Syria for various reasons and also is land-hungry (which is why it seized part of the Golan Heights after the Six-Day war in 1967. BTW, Trump does not have the authority to give this land to Israel. It belongs to Syria).
So it has these 2 motives for wanting to grab Syria.
It routinely attacks Syria claiming that Hezbollah and Iran have agents in the country who are involved in manufacturing and/or exporting missiles to Lebanon for use against Israel. It may be true that Iranians are there making missiles but it is unlikely that the sophisticate Iranian missiles are going to be used by Hezbollah to attack Israel because if they were to be used that way, Iran would become embroiled in a war that it cannot afford. Israel knows this but wants all Iranians out of Syria. The problem is, Israel has no authority whatsoever to decide who may or may not spend time in Syria at Syria’s request. So its “pre-emptive” attacks on the country are irregular, illegal and immoral.
Since Israel has also been complicit with the US in foreign policy, it is also doing Donald Trump’s bidding in killing Iranians. Trump and his followers claim he is anti-Establishment but in fact, he is very much a part of that Establishmen — often called the swamp or the Deep State by Trump fans, in that this cabal is intent on supporting Israel and making war in the Middle East — to appease both Israel and Saudi.
The US is ruled not by the US people but by a cabal that could be called the Deep State or the Establishment. I have listed the most important members of this cabal at Quora:
Israel has harboured a smouldering hatred of Syria for many years mostly because Syria refuses to recognize the country, considering its land to be stolen from Arabs, but also because Syria was one of the countries that fought Israel in the 6 Day war. Partly for this reason, one investigator (https://www.voltairenet.org/arti...) Jürgen Cain Külbel, claims, based on extensive research and cogent argumentation, that the assassination of Lebanon president Rafic Hariri in 2005 was actually the work of Mossad, though it was then promptly blamed on Bashar al-Assad in a kangaroo court of the UN that went out of its way to blame Assad, ignoring exculpatory evidence on Assad’s behalf and damaging evidence against Mossad (the pattern of the assassination was typical of Mossad, whereas Assad had never been known to perpetrate such an act and would only have hurt himself in so doing). Assuming it was Mossad, the motive would have been to end the occupation of Lebanon by Syrian peace keepers. Indeed, this assassination did end the occupation, answering the question “cui bono?”
In other words, Israel is serious about overthrowing Assad, as is the US. So it is likely that, while Israel is probably sincere in wanting to eliminate the Iranian presence in Syria, Assad’s presidency is also a target and these attacks are helping to destabilize the country, in keeping with Israeli-US wishes. So what’s the solution?
Behind the scenes, Putin has been trying to make inroads into Lebanon, with security-related deals and oil deals, and if Russia succeeds in gaining a foothold in the form of a naval base in that country, Israel’s position against Syria will be weakened. If that happens, Russia will undoubtedly set up S-400 batteries within range of the Israeli jets that illegally fire missiles at the Syrian targets from Lebanese airspace. This will put a bit of a damper on Israel’s aggressiveness. Russia may also supply S-300s or S-400s, Pantsirs and/or Russian fighter jets to the Lebanese military and that would be even more of a damper. But the advantage to Israel is that it would also discourage Hezbollah from any intentions to harm Israel. Russia has no taste for war and wants peace in the region.
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