Israelis, it seems, can bombard Syria anytime they feel like it, and there will be not a peep from Russia. There still has been no public comment today from any Russian official that I’m aware of regarding the Israeli aggression that took place over the weekend.
Yesterday I reported on Israel’s two straight days of attacks upon the Syrian Army, on Saturday and Sunday, attacks which took place in Syria’s Quneitra province just after the country’s military forces had fought a fierce battle with Al-Nusra. The Israeli’s claimed they were responding to stray “projectiles,” fired by unnamed parties, which landed in Israeli-controlled territory (specifically the Golan Heights, which Israel, by the way, occupies illegally). The Syrian government, on the other hand, described the Israeli attack as “a desperate attempt to support terrorist groups.”
As I remarked in yesterday’s post, there had as yet been no comment, critical or otherwise, from Russia. Here is what I wrote:
It seems when the US attacks the Syrian Army, the Russian government responds publicly, but when it is Israel carrying out the attack, they keep quiet. I hope I’m wrong on that, and that we’ll hear something from the Russians criticizing the Israeli actions, possibly tomorrow. It is after all Sunday.
Today is Monday, a normal business day in Russia. But still no comment on Israel’s action. I checked the websites of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry, and the President’s Office. Nothing on any of them. Nothing on RT or Sputnik either. Both news outlets reported that the attacks took place–but neither have quoted any comment or response from any Russian official, at least not as of this writing.
It’s ironic because after the US shot down a Syrian plane on June 18, the Russians responded rather forcefully, announcing they would begin to track US Coalition aircraft as potential targets. Here is what the Russian Defense Ministry said on the matter:
“Any aircraft, including planes and drones of the international coalition, detected in the operation areas west of the Euphrates River by the Russian air forces will be followed by Russian ground-based air defense and air defense aircraft as air targets.”
So why does Russia allow its ally, Syria, to be bombed by Israel and say nothing about it? Are Russian air defenses powerless against Israeli missiles and planes? Or is it perhaps that Vladimir Putin realizes who holds the true power and who is calling the shots in Washington? I’m guessing that Putin and Netanyahu, during one of their meetings, probably did reach some sort of agreement–we won’t fire at your planes if you don’t fire at our planes, or something of that sort. But agreements of this kind can be egregiously short sighted whenever one of the parties is determined to abuse the terms of them. And I’m also guessing that Russian intelligence is fully aware of the support Israel has been providing to terrorists in Syria.
“Damascus says the bombings have taken place in support of terrorists on the ground fighting against the Syrian government, and the so-called ‘international community’ has said nothing about it all”–These are the words of Marzieh Hashemi at the outset of the debate in the video below.
Hopefully, Russia one day will provide the necessary leadership in voicing opposition to Israeli crimes of aggression. Because if Russia doesn’t muster the nerve in this regard, there is little hope anyone else in the “international community” ever will.