Israel launches U.S.-backed missile shield on Syria frontier, Russia sends envoys | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Israel launches U.S.-backed missile shield on Syria frontier, Russia sends envoys

Israel launched its newest air defense system on Monday on the Syrian frontier, where Damascus’s Russian-backed forces have been routing rebels, as Moscow sent envoys for what it called “urgent” talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu planned to meet Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, and its armed forces chief, General Valery Gerasimov, later in the day, a visit the Israeli leader said was arranged last week at the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Israel is on high alert as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regains ground from rebels in the southwest of the country, bringing his forces close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

In a sign of high tensions, Israel launched two David’s Sling interceptor missiles at rockets which it said fell inside Syrian territory and were part of the internal fighting there.

It was Israel’s first operational use of the mid-range David’s Sling, which is jointly manufactured by U.S. firm Raytheon Co (RTN.N). The incident triggered sirens in northern Israel and on the Golan, sending many residents to shelters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In having ordered these missiles launched into Syria at this time, it appears that Netanyahu is flipping the proverbial "bird" at Russia's President Putin; and after all the work Putin and Russia have put into reclaiming Syria from the US armed/funded "rebels", this is somethng, I believe, that Putin will tell Netnayahu he will no longer tolerate.

What the cost of this to Israel might be, in a brand new game, vis a vis the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, I do not know; but Netanyahu may well be about to understand that he can no longer attack a sovereign state with impunity any more.

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