After the recent tripartite aggression against Syria committed by the US, UK and France, which itself came shortly after an illegal act of “Israeli” aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic, Russian officials, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavorv stated that Russia is considering delivering Russia’s second most powerful missile defence system, the S-300s, to Syria.
On the 17th of April, Lavrov stated,
“Several years ago we decided not to supply S-300 systems to Syria at our partners’ request. Now, we will consider options to ensure the Syrian state’s security after this outrageous act of aggression from the United States, France and Great Britain”.
Here Lavrov is referring to Russia’s previous capitulation to “Israel”, when Tel Aviv voiced its opposition to Syria having an advanced modern missile defence system. This is in line with Russia’s stated and de-facto desire to act as a regional balancer that maintains good relations with all conflicting parties in the Middle East without appear to play favourites. This strategy has allowed Russia to simultaneously develop good relations with countries as divergent as Iran and Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey, Palestine and “Israel”, Egypt and Qatar.
But beyond this Russian strategy that remains much misunderstood in spite of its fundamentally straightforward nature, the elephant in the room remains “Israel’s” totally irrational desire to bully partners like Russia and neighbouring nations in the cause of prohibiting Arab states from defending themselves from “Israeli” aggression.
The S-300s are a defensive system, they are of great use when under attack but are of no use in commencing an attack. Therefore, “Israel” or any other regional power has nothing to fear if Syria eventually gets the S-300s, unless such nations decide to attack Syria.
As “Israel” continues to attack and occupy Syria, it is clear that Tel Aviv’s modus operandi vis-a-vis Syria remains one of hostility and aggression. While this does not come as a surprise, what still continues to shock is how “Israel” is not laughed at when telling another nation that it does not have the right to defend itself.
The “Israeli” regime’s defence minister Avigdor Lieberman has stated,
“If anyone attacks us, we will retaliate, regardless of S-300, S-700 [sic] or any anything else’s presence there”.
Apart from the fact that there is no such thing as an S-700, “Israel” is essentially threatening Russia and Syria by saying that the regime somehow has an absolute right to prohibit its neighbours fro holding the necessary hardware to defend themselves against aggression. It beggars belief that in the 21st century any regime can still speak in such an appallingly disgusting manner.
Issuing a clear ultimatum to Russia, the regime’s intelligence minister Yisrael Katz stated,
“I doubt that they will supply this missile defense system – at the very moment they will cross a certain line in our relations”.
In spite of Russia going out of its way to accommodate the regime’s increasingly psychotic demands, Katz continues to provoke a superpower over an issue of selling defensive weapons to a partner state.
While it remains unclear what Russia will ultimately decide in respect of delivering S-300s to Syria, the fact remains that “Israel” is unique as a regime that somehow thinks that it has an absolute right to attack others and face no consequences, neither in the form of self-defence from neighbouring states nor in respect of international condemnation.
Such a delinquency in the most rudimentary understanding of international relations goes a long way towards explaining why the regime is increasingly isolated even among its former supporters.