Russian Defense Minister in Israel
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
On Monday, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu arrived in Tel Aviv in the wake of Israel's earlier in the day aggression in Syria.
Its warplanes terror-bombed an anti-aircraft battery 50 km east of Damascus - a phony pretext given each time these provocations occur.
A statement by Syria's General Command of the Army and Armed Forces said at 8:51 AM on Monday, Israeli warplanes violated Syria's airspace on the border with Lebanon near Baalbek in the Beqaa Valley, to which "our air defenses responded and directly hit one of the jets, forcing (it and others) to retreat."
The Command warned "dangerous repercussions" could follow repeated aggressive incidents, stressing determination to continue combating terrorist groups Israel supports.
Syrian military forces seized huge quantities of Israel-made weapons, munitions and military equipment numerous times from foreign-backed terrorists in its territory.
On Monday, Syrian state television reported a large cache of Israeli-made weapons were captured from ISIS in Homs.
Shoigu told his Israeli counterpart, ultranationalist war criminal Avigdor Lieberman, he came "to discuss everything connected to Syria. The operation there is nearing completion, and some issues need to be tackled immediately, while the prospects for the situation in Syria also need to be discussed," he explained.
Shoigu knows Israeli aggression won't stop. He can accomplish little more than explain Russia will only tolerate so much.
Israel and America remain enemies of Syrian sovereignty. Russia is committed to protecting it and restoring peace to the country, something the Trump and Netanyahu regimes oppose.
Before Shoigu's arrival, Netanyahu roared "(i)f anyone tries to hurt us, we'll hurt them." Israel and America face no enemies except ones they invent, needing them to pursue their imperial agendas.
Shoigu and Russian Defense Ministry political-security bureau chief Zohar Palti met privately with Lieberman, IDF chief of staff General Gadi Eisenkot, and IDF military intelligence head General Herzl Halevi - Syria the key topic of discussion, along with Iran's presence in the country.
Moscow earlier rejected Netanyahu's request to keep Iranian forces, aiding Assad combat US/Israeli supported terrorists, from operating within 60 km (37 miles) of the border with Israel.
Shoigu is overly optimistic about war in Syria "nearing completion." Washington, Israel and their rogue allies want it continued endlessly. They have plenty of ways to do it.
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