Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Defense Correspondent Ben-Yishai Calls for Russia To Broker Israel-Iran Ceasefire

Defense Correspondent Ben-Yishai Calls for Russia To Broker Israel-Iran Ceasefire

"Russian air defense systems are also highly proliferated and are now in use by dozens of nations around the world", CSIS reported.

Rabinovich also noted that Russia's presence in Syria is not concerning for Tel Aviv, unlike that of Iran's.

Russia and Israel established several channels of communication to prevent accidental clashes soon after the start of the Russian intervention in Syria in late 2015, including a hot line between the Israeli military command in Tel Aviv and Russia's airbase at Khmeimim.

Israel has said the attack was carried out by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, which set up Hezbollah in 1982.

Moscow has long praised the advanced missile defense systems it has in place in Syria, and Russian officials have suggested that their systems could strike down any US missiles lobbed into the country.

Kozhin's comments immediately followed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Russian Federation on Wednesday. That same night, Israeli airstrikes reportedly wiped out the majority of Syrian air defenses in the southern part of the country.

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Nevertheless, Moscow has deployed its most advanced air defense system in Syria, the S-400, according to the according to the Washington, D.C. -based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Israel has long wanted Russian Federation to withhold its more powerful defenses from Syria. As a result, Russian Federation now possesses some of the most advanced air and missile defense systems in the world.

Israel said the targets the strikes, its largest in Syria since the 1973 war, included weapons storage, logistics sites and intelligence centres used by elite Iranian forces in Syria. The massive battle saw Syria's older Russian-made air defenses outmatched - and obliterated.

An operational S-300 could have significantly complicated Israel's strikes.

"The war in Syria is over".

Without new reinforcements like Russia's S-300, and with the former defenses laying in ruin, Iranian forces in Syria will be greatly exposed to Israeli air power. But Russia, by denying Syria air defenses, looks to have turned its back on supporting the regional ambitions of Ayatollah Khamenei.

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