JER: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in an interview with Ynet on Tuesday that Israel is ready to defend itself against any Russian S-300 anti-aircraft defense system in Syria. “The Russians have no reason to initiate conflict with us and vice versa,” he said.
While responding to threats that Russia is planning to aid Syria by providing it with the highly destructive S-300 system, Lieberman promised to make sure that these systems are not aimed at Israel. “If they act against us – we will act against them,” he added.
Russian officials told the Russian paper Kommersant yesterday that Moscow intends to provide Syria with an S-300 anti-aircraft defense system. Meanwhile, Israeli officials told Kommersant that the Israeli Air Force would likely respond forcefully to the system’s debut in Syria by bombing the site where the missiles are placed. more …
Opinion: A forceful response on the S-300 missile defense system by Israel could have a similar effect to the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident that put an end to a friendly 60 year relationship between Israel and Turkey.
The flotilla incident was a military operation by Israel against six ships of the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” on May 31, 2010 in International waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The flotilla, carrying 10,000 tons of ‘humanitarian aid’ was dispatched by Turkey to run Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip and establish new shipping routes. The Israeli government contacted each ship captain, as well as the non-governmental organizations and Turkish government supporting the flotilla.
When the flotilla was about 80 miles from the Gaza coast, Israeli commandos — armed with paintball guns — rappeled aboard. Five of the ships were turned back. But when the commandos boarded the sixth, the Mavi Marmara, they were swarmed by the waiting mob, who attacked them with knives, metal bars, guns and at least one firebomb.
Nine activists were killed (eight Turkish nationals and a Turkish American), dozens of activists and seven Israeli commandos were wounded.
The UN, France and the US (under Barack Obama) immediately rushed to judge Israel guilty, while Recep Erdogan used the incident to openly embrace Hamas.
In the past year Vladimir Putin has been very friendly on multiple occasions with Israel’s prime minister while the matter of Israel’s vast gas reserves becoming a threat to Russia’s economy simmers beneath the surface.
Ezekiel 38:13 says the Gog and Magog war is over plunder. A prior breakdown over an attack on the S-300 could give Putin all the cover he needs to turn on Israel.