Middle East

Israel concerned Russia countering strikes in Syria - Netanyahu ex-advisor

14:17, 27 July 2021
Israel concerned Russia countering strikes in Syria - Netanyahu ex-advisor Photo: idf.il

The Israeli military officials are worried by the increased Syrian air force operations with Russian Defense Forces opposing Israeli military activity in Syria, Ariel Bilstein, a former adviser to ex-Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu told NEWS.ru. 

"Changes in the situation are due to the fact that the Russian Federation, according to media reports, is beginning to actively counteract Israeli anti-terrorist activities in Syria. That raises serious concerns in Israel," Ariel Bulstein told News.ru. 

The growing disagreement between Israel and Russia over Syria stems from the inexperience of a new Israeli government led by Naftali Bennett.

"This is due to the inexperience of the new Israeli government and its inability to do everything necessary to communicate with the Russian administration and to changes in the White House with the current President is a much less active Israeli contributory force than Donald Trump was."

For the third time in a week, the Russian military reported on repelled air strikes conducted by Israeli fighter jets on the position of Syrian government forces using Russian-made anti-missile systems.

According to the Russian military authorities, on July 22 and 25, two Israeli military aircraft attacked targets in the Syrian provinces of Damascus and Homs, however, missiles were repelled by the Syrian Arab Army with the use of air defense systems 'Buk-M2E' in Russian compounds.

Previously, Russia disagreed with the IDF strikes in Syria but did not actively oppose them, pointing out the usage of Russian-made weapons, Israeli officials said. 

Israeli media reported that Russia’s claims that its aerial defense systems disrupted an Israeli attack surprised the defense establishment of Israel. The very fact that Moscow made such statements indicates how unhappy it is with Israel, following "a long period of lull in bilateral relations."

On June 14 Israel voted to replace Netanyahu with a new leader of government Naftali Bennett. Bennett will hold office first for the next 2 years, resulting in the opposition agreement signed by the leaders of the Yamina party, Yesh Atid, and the Ra’am party. Yair Lapid and Mansour Abbas are to replace Bennett in a rotation manner.