Foreign Affairs

Tensions Mount as Russian Troops in Syria Fire on Israeli Aircraft!

Putin and Netanyahu
Written by Onan Coca

This is certainly not good news.

In a region of the world that is already dealing with confusing borders, confusing alliances, confusing religious lines, and confusing politics, there is no need for strain between two parties who should in theory be on the same side. Sadly, in this crazy world of competing foreign policies and allegiances, nothing should ever be left to chance. Which is why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Russia in an effort to head off any bad-blood before it had an opportunity to metastasize.

The reason for the concern was a recent report in the Israeli media, leaked from the Israeli military, that Russia had recently fired on Israeli aircraft in Syria on at least two separate occasions!

Russian forces in Syria have fired at least twice on Israeli military aircraft, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek improved operational coordination with Moscow, Israel’s top-selling newspaper said on Friday…

But Netanyahu, in remarks published by Israeli reporters whom he briefed by phone on his talks on Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said “there have been problems” regarding Israeli military freedom of operation in Syria.

He gave no details, but said: “If you don’t deal with the friction, it could develop into something more serious.”

The unsourced report in Yedioth Ahronoth made no mention of dates or locations for the two reported incidents, nor did it give any indication of whether the Israeli planes were hit.

syriarussiaIn Moscow this past week, Netanyahu told Putin, “I came here with one main goal – to strengthen the security coordination between us so as to avoid mishaps, misunderstandings and unnecessary confrontations.” Apparently speaking to recent stress between the two nations, Putin seemed to attempt to diffuse the matter by saying, “I think there are understandable reasons for these intensive contacts (with Israel), given the complicated situation in the region.” While Israel and Russia may not make the closest of bedfellows, considering Putin’s chummy relationship with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, there is reason to hope for a natural synergy between the two nations. Both Russia and Israel have been forced to deal with the constant threat of Muslim aggression over the last two decades, and that kind of shared experience should help them keep the larger picture in mind.

However, military and foreign policy expert, Col. Allen West, paints a bleaker picture of what all of these world events could mean for Israel, and he lays much of the blame for Israel’s current predicament at the feet of liberal America’s foreign policy failures.

M Netanyahu’s worse nightmare has come to fruition. His nation is encircled by the Iranians, courtesy of President Obama’s mind-numbing foreign policy decisions. And worse for PM Netanyahu is knowing the Iranian coffers have been richly increased by Obama. And that means the #1 global state sponsor of Islamic terrorism is knocking at his door with their pockets flush with billions of dollars.

To top it all off, Iran has a military benefactor in Russia that is providing them with state-of-the-art conventional weapons such as T-90 tanks, fighter aircraft and the venerable S-300 surface-to-air missile systems. Imagine what happens if the S-300 is deployed into the Syrian combat theater of operations to provide cover for Hezbollah operations — operations to facilitate attacks against Israel?

Ladies and Gents, this is just one of the foreign policy and national security minefields with which the next U.S. president must contend. It was some five years ago that PM Netanyahu warned of exactly what has occurred. One just has to ask, what will happen in the next five years, or perhaps by the end of this year? Is this something we’re considering as we select a new Commander in Chief?

Or maybe we in America are more preoccupied with $15 minimum wage for fast food workers, free college for arrested development kids wanting “safe spaces” and participation trophies, and having more of our Warriors on the knees before the Iranians.

We have much to think about as we consider our future, folks. The next president is inheriting a much more dangerous planet than the last one did, and it will be up to them to help navigate our government through the foreign policy morass that the Obama/Clinton team has created. Choose wisely, America. Our world may well be hanging in the balance.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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