Iran’s undeclared war against Israel is being raised several notches:
Officials in Baghdad said that Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, has given Major General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force Revolutionary Guards, the responsibility of managing the struggle against Israel via Syrian territory, Lebanese newspaper Almustaqbal reported.
According to the report, Khamenei also ordered Soleimani to monitor Hezbollah and Palestinian organizations loyal to President Bashar Assad and Iran operating in Syria.
The Russians are arming Syria with ship-killing missiles and advanced missiles that can take out Israeli (or American) Air Force jets.
And they’re sending ships to patrol their base in Syria.
Russia has sent a dozen or more warships to patrol waters near its naval base in Syria, a buildup that US and European officials see as a newly aggressive stance meant partly to warn the West and Israel not to intervene in Syria’s bloody civil war, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
On Thursday, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that five Russian warships had crossed the Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean Sea. A Russian Navy spokesperson said that this was the first time in decades that Pacific Ocean Russian warships sail in the area.
Why are they doing this? To “protect their interests”. Their interests, in this case, is to make sure Bashar al-Assad’s regime doesn’t fail, and if they have to kill Israelis to do so, well, so what? Netanyahu’s meeting with Putin was a waste of time and effort. Putin doesn’t give a shit about Israeli lives. Let’s be realistic: There’s never been a Russian leader that cared about Jews. That’s why my great-grandparents came here.
So much for that “reset” with Russia the Obama administration asked for.
The official said that during a meeting between Khamenei and Nasrallah in Tehran last month, the supreme leader told the secretary general of the Lebanese Shiite group to block all supply routes to the rebels fighting to overthrow the Syrian president.
According to the report, the demand surprised Nasrallah, but he treated it as a “religious edict.”
The newspaper’s source said the directive led the Shiite group to send to Syria a large number of trained fighters who succeeded in laying siege to the city of El Quseir, near Homs, while cutting off military supply routes to the rebels.
The source said Hezbollah helped bolster the Syrian army’s situation on the outskirts of Damascus.
Iran is trying to encircle Israel, and right now, it’s succeeding. Jordan is the only nation that Israel currently doesn’t have to worry about being attacked from–but that could change. I am seeing echoes of 1967 here, and I don’t like it at all. Not at all.