Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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B. Netanyahu: "READ MY LIPS": these are "the last twitches of yesterday's world. Tomorrow's world will be different – and it is very near." | "Весь этот хлам посыпется на ваши же головы!" - "All this garbage will fall on your own heads!" | Mezzeh airport attack, Israel, and the situation in Syria | Syrian conflict | The five points plan for the resolution of the Syrian conflict | Weapons Review - 1.17.17


Richard Strauss - Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
B. Netanyahu: "READ MY LIPS": these are 
"the last twitches of yesterday's world. 
Tomorrow's world will be different – and it is very near."
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Mezzeh: Mez - ze - h: Месть - Z(s)ee - Ha!(Х.., etc.) 

Mezzah: Mezz - za - h: Месть za: (Armon) Hanatziv: 

Armon Hanatziv
Arm on; Ha natziv: "Arm on ("get armed"...); 
Hey, native! (or "nazi")

Месть za: Hmeimim

Me za - the tripartite alliance of powers in the Middle East: Israel, Russia, U.S.

(ZZ-s is also a reference to Zionizm and to my preferred use of these letters-sounds) 

Also: Mesa: the level playing field: 
"We leveled it, now it is the time to play"; a reference to the tweet: 


Donald, make complete, clean break with Russia; and after the field is cleared and leveled, REBUILD, as smart builder. This is the only way.
— Mike Nova (@mikenov) January 9, 2017

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This is a retaliation for Jerusalem truck attack of 1.8.17 

(5 days later: not in a haste, but rationally and thoughtfully), 

which was perpetrated by Putin's intelligence


The U.S. and Israel are in possession of the newly developed space based laser weapons, which make the nuclear weapons obsolete: any missile carrying them will be struck with lasers, producing the nuclear explosions on the aggressor's own territory, thus punishing them for their aggression. 


As I wrote several years ago, in my comments in "Russian Jornal": 


"Весь этот хлам посыпется на ваши же головы!" - 

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Thank you, Bibi, I love you! 
Thank you, Yossi, I love you! 
Thank you, the military and research leaders of Israel! 
Thank you, the great people of Israel, I love you! 

Thank you, great America, who made it possible, we all love you, the words cannot describe it, you are The Light of the World!

This is a warning: any terrorist activity against Israel, no matter who are the real perpetrators, will be met with the swift and overwhelming response and retaliation. 


Israel has to be recognized as the leading, predominant power in the Middle East

Syria and the other Arab nations have to recognize Israel fully, conclude the peace treaties, and to live together in harmony. 

What Syria needs, just like all the other countries torn by acute and intense conflicts, is a good domestic policing. 


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Syrian conflict


Map showing control of Syria and Iraq (3 January 2017)


The Current Situation in Syria | United States Institute of Peace

www.usip.org/publications/the-current-situation-in-syria 


Dec 13, 2016 - The Current Situation in SyriaSyria's war is not only a humanitarian catastrophe but a threat to stability in countries as distant as Europe. The warfare has killed perhaps 400,000 people, according to U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura, and uprooted as many as 12 million, half of the population.

The Current Situation in Syria: A USIP (United States Institute of Peace) Fact Sheet - Published: December 13, 2016: 

Critical roots of this violence, often overlooked in public discussion of the war, lie in a complex knot of local and sectarian conflicts that remained unresolved beneath Syria’s decades of authoritarian rule. In recent years, the violence has been amplified by the brutality of ISIS and other extremist groups, and by the military intervention of foreign forces. 

(Emphasis as underlined, is mine - M.N.) 


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Situation in Syria 


Astana Talks

The weakness and the vulnerability of Astana talks are, as reported, in their strengthening the position of Iran at the expense of Israel and the Arab states, mainly the Saudi Arabia. Also, "the talks will exclude some of the most powerful factions in the conflict, including Kurdish groups vetoed by Turkey... The United States, which led failed efforts to launch peace talks last year, has not been involved in the latest diplomacy... Alloush said the rebels were going to Astana to "neutralise the criminal role" of Iran." 

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"Leading Kurdish politician Salih Muslim, argued on Monday that excluding the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the upcoming peace talks in Astana was a mistake, limiting the talks’ scope and breadth... The Syrian Democratic Forces are a polyethnic alliance, including Kurdish, Arab, and Assyrian units. US officials believe that the SDF is one of their most effective allies in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS)... “Finding a solution for the Syrian crisis cannot come from Astana,” the Kurdish leader concluded. “The real Syrian political solution must come from power centers [in Syria].”" 

"It’s very unfortunate that Ankara has excluded the PYD from both peace talks and the ongoing ceasefire. It will bring about challenges. The PYD and all armed groups should be included in the talks,” Afandi told Rudaw after holding a press conference in Moscow Saturday...  
The expected Astana talks were initiated earlier in December by the three main regional powers Turkey, Iran and Russia which have different and often conflicting stakes in the Syrian war. Moscow has since extended an invitation to the incoming US administration to take part in the talks...  

It still remains to be announced which groups will attend the Astana meeting next week and what the road map they are expected to agree on as Syria’s nightmarish conflict enters its sixth years in April." 

All this will lead to the Astana talks' undoing, proving them to be the non-viable and inconsequential. 

Regardless of their outcome, the scope and the goals of these talks are quite limited and cannot be viewed as the major step toward the resolution of the conflict. 
"CEASEFIRE IMPLEMENTATION TO BE KEY ISSUE AT UPCOMING ASTANA TALKS: it would be a major achievement if the Astana talks, scheduled for Jan. 23, would lead to a nationwide ceasefire in the war-torn country." 


Astana talks - Sources reviewed on 1.17.17

Astana talks - Google Search
Kazakhstan says ready for Syria talks in Astana on January 23: RIA | Reuters
Trump Administration, UN to Be Invited to Astana Talks - Syrian Opposition Group
Ceasefire implementation to be key issue at upcoming Astana talks - Breaking News - Jerusalem Post
Syrian rebels will attend Russia-backed Astana peace talks - France 24
Syria conflict: Rebels agree to attend Astana peace talks - BBC News
Kurdish leader says excluding SDF from Syria peace talks 'huge mistake' - ARA News
Syrian opposition leaders call for inclusion of Kurdish faction
TASS: World - Syria talks to start in Astana on January 23 - Turkish foreign minister


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The five points plan for the resolution of the Syrian conflict

This assessment and plan aim to be objective, multi-vectorial, and unbiased, with the wellbeing of the Syrian and other (Middle Eastern and European) people as the main concern. 

1. The composition of the parties to the conflict and their forces 

The U.S. should return to the Middle East in full force but without extensive direct participation in hostilities and military actions. Israel should be made the officially recognized and invited party to the resolution of the conflict, which will only confirm the status and facts on the ground, nothing will happen without Israel's participation. The other two parties, forming The Quartet are the European Union, which is directly interested in stopping the flow of the refugees, and Russia, which will retain its presence without expanding it further. 
All four parties should work in closest cooperation and coordination. 

The overall supervision and the directions toward the resolution of conflict should be the responsibility of the U.N. which should place its permanent representative in Damascus permanently, on a residential basis, just as the representatives of all the other involved powers, working closely and coordinating with the Assad's government and with and within the Quartet. "Permanence", ever elusive, and forever desired, is the key word: "кашу маслом не испортишь", особенно если её хочешь с кем-то сварить... А с другой стороны, Машу кашей не испортишь тоже, особенно если хочешь, чтобы она росла довольная, сытая, и счастливая. A lot of "kasha" demands a lot of "maslo", and I am not sure, that Mama Russia has enough supplies at a moment to satiate her beloved daughter. О, великий, диалектический, богатый многобразием смыслов и оттенков, утончённый и могучий Русский язык! Ты занимаешь особое, уникальное место в моём разбитом (и разбитном) сердце... Mama Russia - no kasha! Borscht only, po talon-chick-am! 

1.1. Exclusion of Turkey, Iran, and Hezbollah

Turkey and Iran with Hezbollah should be explicitly and decisively excluded from this process because their roles are self-serving, nostalgically - imperialistic - expansionist, duplicitous and counterproductive. They will have to leave Syria completely. This is an absolute must, without which the transition is impossible. Hezbollah, Iran, and other participants should understand very clearly that they will be either out or dead, and this understanding should be reinforced vigorously. This has to be coordinated with Russia of course. For Russia, generally speaking, the new tripartite alliance is much more valuable, viable, and imperative than the "rotten" - "гнилой" - a persistent Asiatic tradition, with the recent Ossetian accent: non-viable, non-long-term, a marriage of convenience type, pseudo-alliance with Iran. The fissures in this pseudo-alliance have already appeared, and they will develop further, as it is reasonable to expect. Whoa da u zink (sink? sink... - I know the feeling, baby...), Igor? Tell the Papa, pa-pa-pa... I always wanted to learn to tango, instead of to tangle. No such luck! Maybe I should go to The Little Girls Dancing School: Пусть меня научат! Pa-pa-pa... 

1.2. The goals and objectives of the proposed intervention

The secular nature of the current regime should be confirmed and reinforced, with the development of the governing structures in accordance with the European models. France is especially close to Syria historically. 
The complete freedom of religion should be maintained, with the restoration of the status of (ancient) Christian churches and their official and enforced protection. The similar attitude and measures should be taken for all the other minority religious groups, with the strict separation of religious and state functions and practices. 
The Quartet should not divide the country into the spheres of influence by regions, which should be equally stabilized, but to maintain the single, unified, coordinated presence with the overall goal of maintaining the law, order, and stability. 
This joint work will provide the opportunity for the all five parties to develop the patterns, mechanisms, experience, and the spirit of cooperation, which will pave the way for the future and expanded integration and the continuing combined efforts for the resolution of the other Middle East conflicts and problems, and elsewhere. 
The U.S., Russian, and Israeli military forces and the relevant civilian structures will continue to build on this valuable experience of joint work, developing the much-needed trust and the patterns of true cooperation, with the perspectives for the further and deeper development of the integration. The U.S. should assume the tactful and thoughtful leadership role in these efforts. 

2. The armed groups (the "Rebels") and policing; restoring the law and order 

There are no "good or bad", "right or wrong" "rebel" groups in Syria; there are simply the armed men and the unarmed men, and all the armed men should be disarmed. The participation or non-participation of the "rebel" groups in the diplomatic "peace process" is irrelevant. 
The utmost effort on the part of the Quartet and the UN is due to help Syria to establish the professional, well trained and the well-equipped police force. All the armed groups should be offered the broad amnesty and invited to serve in the police force, with and after the careful screening, vetting, and selection. The overall authority over the Syrian government armed forces and the police force should be gradually transferred to the UN Representative and the Quartet, with the installment of the professional, non-political and non-partisan leadership, carrying out all the responsibilities for the maintaining the law, order, civil peace, and restoring-reconstruction of the vital infrastructure, under the supervision, coordination, and with all the needed help from the UN and the Quartet. 
The "unsuitable" for service "rebels" should be carefully investigated, interned, or sent back to their countries of origin. 

3. Restoring the infrastructure and the economy

The EU should consider providing the financial support for the restoring, reconstruction, and rebuilding of infrastructure, this is much better than to waste money on corrupt and inefficient Turkey in the efforts to stem the flows of refugees. The financial incentives should be created for the return of the refugees to Syria and their productive participation in the reconstruction of the country. 

4. Political structures and political activities and life, Education 

Initially, the current regime should stay in power, with gradual, planned, well thought out and scheduled transfer of responsibilities to the UN Representative and the Quartet. 
The freedoms of speech, press, political activities and assemblies should be introduced, maintained, and enforced. The Baath Party should be gradually eased from power with the replacement by the professional managers and operatives based on broad pluralistic political platforms. The local and general elections should be held freely, facilitating the rotations, replacement and the rejuvenation of the political and managerial class. 
Education is the vital part of the reforms. Both the secondary and the higher education should be free and/or freely available, high quality, non-religious, eclectic, with the stress on sciences and foreign languages, English and the traditional French mainly among them. The elements of the Islamic culture and history should be incorporated into the curriculum, with the limitation in the scope of the fundamentalist and militant Islamist ideologies. If you so wish, you can call this the process of the re-educational Westernization of Syria, the terms do not matter as much as the practical implementation and the effects, including the general ideological-political sanation and the general improvement in the quality of life, both in its material and non-material aspects. 

5. Future Directions 

The transitional period might take 10 - 15 - 20 years, slowly but surely. The first, the faster part of this process is the transfer of power from the Assad regime to the provisional government of the UN - Quartet, and the second, slower and careful, from the provisional government back to the Syrians, namely, to the qualified, competent, and, hopefully freely and democratically elected body. The current regime should be eased out of power gradually and bloodlessly, with the replacement by viable, West oriented structures. This process might become the model and the example of success in all spheres for the other Middle East countries. 
The existing secular character of the regime should be preserved, built upon, and re-oriented (no pun intended). The timing of Mr. Assad and his circle's departure should be determined by the circumstances and the readiness of the country and her elites, the degree of success in the rotational processes, and preferably by the mutual consent with and among the supervising powers. 
When and if the transition is successful and completed, the inclusion and incorporation of Syria into the regional geopolitical security structures should be considered. 

This plan should be reviewed, appended, expanded, and amended, if and as needed and suitable, by the professional planners. 

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The Palestinian people will not be forgotten, they should be treated fairly,  as the closest neighbors and cousins, and to be afforded the opportunities for the state, social, and personal advancements. 



The timing of this event is also a message from the leaders of Israel, in the words of Mr. Netanyahu: 


"I must say that this conference is among the last twitches of yesterday's world. 
Tomorrow's world will be different – and it is very near."

It also means: "We prefer to negotiate with the Palestinian leaders directly and without any preconditions on both sides, and without the empty and meaningless interference of the international cohort of attention seekers, who position themselves so readily for their photo-ops. Mr. Abbas, please consider this offer seriously and in honest, do not lose this chance, like so many other chances in the past, yet again. There is nothing wrong with this position: the spirit of the relations, good will, readiness to forget the past, openness to the new beginning, mutual trust are much more important than any pre-requirements and any preconditions. Start with this, and it should lead to good results. Mr. Abbas, please think about this very carefully." 

This is also a warning to Iran: you better change your attitudes and your aggressive expansionist posture, or you will be made to change them. We have nothing against the good and wise Iranian people, who should be admitted into the World community fully and wholeheartedly, we object only to the shortsightedness of the current Iran's leaders. Hopefully, this situation will change. 

We do not gloat and do not threaten, we want the World to live in peace, health, prosperity, equality, and the equal opportunities for all - the ideals of the American dream which now should be the ideals everywhere. 

The hand remains extended to you, and our hearts go out to you, the Great Mother Russia! You and your valiant military forces should join the Judaeo-Christian, European civilization in honest. You will be welcomed, and this reintegration will change the lives of your people for better in all respects. You should decide yourself, what to do with your over-canning leader who brought you to this crisis, although, presumably but apparently, he should be considered responsible for many blatant violations and illegalities which happened and still are happening all over the world. Cunning and the "special operations" did not take you very far. And this is said with all the understandable, natural, and sincere sympathy on the personal and human levels. 

The new era demands the leaders who base their strategies on the foresight and the farsightedness, not on the skillful lies, manipulations, and cheating. This is my response to you, my friends. 

This is my take on these events, in my, as always, strictly personal opinion, which somehow veered again, and probably too much into the poetic direction. But hopefully, this opinion reflects the correct understanding of the circumstances and events. 

Michael Novakhov
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Weapons Review - 1.17.17 

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TEHRAN - A senior Syrian General underlined that Syria will intensify operations against the Israeli-affiliated terrorist groups in Western Ghouta of Damascus as the first likely response to Tel Aviv's recent attack.
"Syria's first response to the Israeli aggression will be suppression of the dangerous terrorists affiliated to the Israeli regime in Beit Jen in the Western countryside of Damascus," Brigadier General Rajab Deeb said on Sunday.
He categorically dismissed rumors that Israel has targeted a cargo of the Iranian missiles as incorrect, and said Tel Aviv's silence on its new aggression against al-Mezzeh airbase and its results indicates that the regime has not attained its desired objective...
The airport is a major strategic asset used by Syrian elites, military officials and troops as a transit complex.
The Syrian government also used the airport as a military outpost to launch artillery shells at former terrorist-held areas in the suburbs of Damascus.
Following the attacks, a Syrian army spokesman warned that Israel would face repercussions of the "flagrant" attack on the al-Mezzeh military airport.
A spokesman was also quoted on the state TV as saying that the projectiles originated near Lake Tiberias in Northern Israel just after midnight.
(source: farsnews)

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Mezzeh Military Airport (also spelled Mazzeh) is a Syrian Air Force installation located in MezzehDamascusSyria, south-west of the old centre of Damascus. It has one runway of 8258ft length, at elevation 2407ft.[1] In mid-2013 the airport was described by the BBC as "an important strategic installation [which] plays a significant role in distributing the government's military supplies."[2] Reuters reported in mid-2013 that it was "used by Syria's elite Republican Guards, Special Forces and Air Force Intelligence, [and] also serves as a private airport for the Assad family."[3] It also said that during the Syrian civil war the base was "used to fire rockets and artillery at rebellious Sunni Muslim neighbourhoods on the edge of the capital."[3]

SYRIAN ARMY CLAIMS ISRAEL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR AERIAL ATTACK ON AIRPORT NEAR DAMASCUS
BY REUTERS   13 JANUARY 2017 06:12  
Jerusalem Post  Israel News
After reports on Friday claimed an explosion was witnessed at the Mezzah military airport in Syria's capital, the Syrian military blames Israel for the reported attack.
Syrian state television quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight which landed in the compound of the airbase, used by President Bashar al-Assad's elite Republican Guards...
The airport, located just a few kilometers from Assad's presidential palace, had been a base used to fire rockets at former rebel-held areas in the suburbs of Damascus.
Israel in the past has allegedly targeted positions of Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah group inside Syria where the Iranian-backed group is heavily involved in fighting alongside the Syrian army.
Only last November, the Syrian army said Israeli jets fired two missiles on an area west of the capital, close to the Damascus Beirut-highway, in an attack mounted from Lebanese air space.
Diplomatic sources say Israel has in the past few years targeted advanced weapons systems, including Russian made anti-aircraft and Iranian made missiles and bombed the elite Fourth Armoured Division base on Qasioun mountain in the capital...
Rebels operating in the area have said Hezbollah's major arms supply route into Damascus from the Lebanese border has been targeted on several occasions in recent years by air strikes. This has included strikes on warehouses and convoys of weapons...
Israel has been largely unscathed by the Syrian civil war, with only sporadic incidents of stray shells falling on its territory.

ANALYSIS: WHAT DOES RUSSIA REALLY THINK ABOUT ISRAEL'S ALLEGED AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA?
BYYOSSI MELMAN   14 JANUARY 2017 22:24
While Assad has vowed revenge for the alleged Israeli attacks, his patron, Russia, has thus far remained silent.
It is clear that Assad does not want to open a new front with Israel. Just recently, with the help of Russian fighter jets, Hezbollah forces alongside Iranian Shi’ite ground forces and the Syrian army were able to defeat rebel forces and regain territory. These successes raised the Syrian army's morale, upping their confidence...
According to foreign reports, Israel has attacked Syria ten to fifteen times in recent years, eliminating sophisticated weaponry such as air defense systems, navigation and guided systems as well as long-distance missiles -- all of which were supplied from Iran and Syria to Hezbollah...
It is possible to conclude that Russia understands that Israel's interests are solely to prevent arms transfers of sophisticated weapons from reaching Hezbollah. They also know Israel’s red line. Israel has no interest in entering Syria's civil war, not by supporting the rebels or by acting against the regime.
As long as Russia will continue to accept these principles, Israel will allegedly continue to act from time to time, with proper accurate intelligence.

ISRAEL attacked an air base on the outskirts of Damascus yesterday — mere miles from the site of a suicide bombing hours earlier.
Syrian military sources told the Sana news agency that missiles launched from the Sea of Galilee area struck the Mezzeh air base west of the capital, setting off explosions in an ammunition dump...
Earlier a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a sports club in Damascus, two miles east of the air base, killing eight people and wounding others...
On Thursday troops drove the militants from the nearby village of Basimah.
The al-Qaida-affiliated Levant Conquest Front (LCF) poisoned the water supply with diesel fuel on December 22, then blew up the works just before New Year...
In Geneva on Thursday night, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the US “should be definitely invited” to the January 23 peace talks in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana — three days after the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump.
The outgoing Obama government was left out of the ceasefire talks.

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Syrian General: Operations in Damascus First Likely Response to Israeli Aggression

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TEHRAN - A senior Syrian General underlined that Syria will intensify operations against the Israeli-affiliated terrorist groups in Western Ghouta of Damascus as the first likely response to Tel Aviv's recent attack.
"Syria's first response to the Israeli aggression will be suppression of the dangerous terrorists affiliated to the Israeli regime in Beit Jen in the Western countryside of Damascus," Brigadier General Rajab Deeb said on Sunday.
He categorically dismissed rumors that Israel has targeted a cargo of the Iranian missiles as incorrect, and said Tel Aviv's silence on its new aggression against al-Mezzeh airbase and its results indicates that the regime has not attained its desired objective.
Noting that there is no need for Syria's direct response to the attack, Deeb said that the Syrian army will intensify its operations against the terrorists in an important region whose consequences will affect the Zionist regime, but he did not provide any further detail.
Syrian sources confirmed on Friday that Israel had launched an attack on a military airport near Damascus.
Syrian State TV said that al-Mezzeh military air facility was struck several times near the Syrian capital of Damascus.
Israeli rockets took aim at an ammunition depot, producing an enormous explosion, according to the state TV.
The airport is a major strategic asset used by Syrian elites, military officials and troops as a transit complex.
The Syrian government also used the airport as a military outpost to launch artillery shells at former terrorist-held areas in the suburbs of Damascus.
Following the attacks, a Syrian army spokesman warned that Israel would face repercussions of the "flagrant" attack on the al-Mezzeh military airport.
A spokesman was also quoted on the state TV as saying that the projectiles originated near Lake Tiberias in Northern Israel just after midnight.
(source: farsnews)
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Syria calls on UN to 'punish' Israel over airport attack

The Times of Israel-Jan 13, 2017
A general view shows flames and smoke at the Mezzeh military airport on the southwestern outskirts of the capital Damascus following an ...
Mezzeh Military Airport in Damascus shelled
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Syria Says Israel Targeted Military Airport
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Syria Says Israel Bombed al-Mazzeh Military Airport near Damascus

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  • Syria says that Israel bombed al-Mazzeh military airport near Damascus
  • Israel’s motive was probably to prevent weapons from reaching Hezbollah

Syria says that Israel bombed al-Mazzeh military airport near Damascus

Huge explosions could be seen above the buildings of Damascus
Huge explosions could be seen above the buildings of Damascus
The Syrian army said that Israel has launched a missile strike on the al-Mazzeh military airport west of Damascus early on Friday morning. The army said it was a “flagrant attack” by Israel with the purpose of aiding the “terrorist groups” in Syria. According to the army statement:
Syrian army command and armed forces warn Israel of the repercussions of the flagrant attack and stresses its continued fight against (this) terrorism and amputate the arms of the perpetrators.
Syrian state television quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight. The report said that the rockets landed in the military compound of the airbase, causing explosions and a large fire. Other reports were contradictory, saying that the Israeli attack was from missiles launched from Israeli warplanes.
Syria says that there have been several such attacks in the past, and that they all coincided with defeats for the armed terrorist groups in Syria, especially Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Nusra Front), which recently changed its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS, Front for the Conquest of Syria). Syria said that the purpose of the attack was to “raise morale” of the terrorist organizations who are attempting to overthrow the regime of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad.
Syria has sent letters to the United Nations demanding international retaliation against Israel:
The new Israeli missile attack on Mazzeh military airport west of Damascus comes within a long series of Israeli attacks since the beginning of the terrorist war on the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Syria which has been planned in the Israeli, French and British intelligence agencies and their agents in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and other countries that wanted to impose control and hegemony on Syria and the region.
Iran’s media added to the charges by claiming that Israel was attempting to prevent Syria’s army from restoring water supplies to Damascus. SANA (Syria) and Jerusalem Post and Press TV (Tehran)

Israel’s motive was probably to prevent weapons from reaching Hezbollah

As is their usual practice, Israel has neither confirmed nor denied that the attack took place. Some analysts are saying that the large explosions occurred because the target of the attacks was several large weapons stores. Syria’s army was using to those weapons to attack rebels in Syria, but it is possible that Israel believed that some of those weapons were to be transferred to Lebanon’s Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah.
Israel and Hezbollah fought a war in 2006 that largely ended in stalemate. However, it is known that Iran has been supplying rockets and other weapons to Hezbollah in preparation for the next war. Israel has taken steps where possible to prevent other weapons from reaching Hezbollah. Missiles and chemical weapons from Syria are particular concerns.
In statements to Israel’s parliament (Knesset) in December, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman described Israel’s policy in Syria:
Israel has no interest in intervening in the civil war in Syria. Our policies and our positions are very clear and are based on three red lines: we will not allow any harm to come to Israeli citizens, we will not allow any harm to the sovereignty of the State of Israel and we will not allow the smuggling of sophisticated weapons or chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon for Hezbollah.
Hezbollah’s major arms supply route between Damascus and Lebanon’s border has been targeted on several occasions in recent years by Israeli air strikes. This has included strikes on warehouses and convoys of weapons. Reuters and Israel National News and Middle East Monitor
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Morning Star :: Israel attack on Damascus air base follows suicide bomb

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ISRAEL attacked an air base on the outskirts of Damascus yesterday — mere miles from the site of a suicide bombing hours earlier.
Syrian military sources told the Sana news agency that missiles launched from the Sea of Galilee area struck the Mezzeh air base west of the capital, setting off explosions in an ammunition dump.
The sources claimed the latest Israeli attack was in support of foreign-backed insurgents “to raise their morale.”
“The army command and armed forces warn Israel of repercussions for flagrant attacks on our soil,” the Armed Forces General Command said.
No casualties were reported.
In a letter of protest to UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres, the Foreign Ministry said it was just the latest in “a long series of Israeli attacks since the beginning of the terrorist war on the sovereignty, territorial integrity and Syria’s independence.
It alleged the attack was planned by “the Israeli, French and British intelligence agencies and their agents in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and other countries that wanted to impose control and hegemony on Syria and the region.”
Earlier a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a sports club in Damascus, two miles east of the air base, killing eight people and wounding others.
But in a major breakthrough, Syrian TV reported that technicians had entered the village of Ayn al Fijah in the Barada valley — where
people have been denied drinking water for three weeks — to repair water treatment works at the spring there under a deal with occupying insurgents.
On Thursday troops drove the militants from the nearby village of Basimah.
The al-Qaida-affiliated Levant Conquest Front (LCF) poisoned the water supply with diesel fuel on December 22, then blew up the works just before New Year.
Turkey and the Western-backed Ahrar as-Sham faction — an LCF ally that has rejected the Russia-Turkey brokered ceasefire — have accused the government of breaking the ceasefire in its efforts to end the crisis.
In Geneva on Thursday night, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the US “should be definitely invited” to the January 23 peace talks in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana — three days after the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump.
The outgoing Obama government was left out of the ceasefire talks.
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(AhlulBayt News Agency) - "The recent aggression by the Zionist regime against Syria was the result of the recent victories by the army and the resistance front in Aleppo, Qalamoun and Damascus province as well as isolation of Saudi Arabia and Israel on the threshold of the Astana talks," Mohammad Nasour said on Saturday.
"Israel's aggression and violation of Syria's sovereignty was done as we approach a political solution to the crisis in Syria which is the result of the Damascus and its allies' important achievements in the battle ground and at the political levels," he added.
Nasour warned that Israel is seeking to intensify violence and bloodshed in the region.
Syrian sources confirmed on Friday that Israel has launched an attack on a military airport near Damascus.
Syrian State TV said that al-Mezzeh military air facility was struck several times near the Syrian capital of Damascus.
Israeli rockets took aim at an ammunition depot, producing an enormous explosion, according to the state TV.
The airport is a major strategic asset used by Syrian elites, military officials and troops as a transit complex.
The Syrian government also used the airport as a military outpost to launch artillery shells at former terrorist-held areas in the suburbs of Damascus.
Following the attacks, a Syrian army spokesman warned that Israel would face repercussions of the "flagrant" attack on the al-Mezzeh military airport.
A spokesman was also quoted on the state TV as saying that the projectiles originated near Lake Tiberias in Northern Israel just after midnight.
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Analysis: What does Russia really think about Israel's alleged airstrikes in Syria? - Arab-Israeli Conflict

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a news conference in Sochi. (photo credit:REUTERS)
One cannot ignore or underestimate the warnings of the Syrian Government and its army's capability to respond to Thursday night's attack, which Syria attributed to Israel. The spokesperson for the Syrian Army claimed that Israeli planes flying near the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) in northern Israel attacked the Mezzah military airport, located near Damascus, with missiles. The airport is approximately five kilometers from Basher Assad’s presidential palace. Opposition leaders claim that there were more targets in addition to the airport.
This is not the first time that the Syrian Army and Assad's government have blamed Israel for attacks in Syrian territory, threatening retaliation. Until now, the threats have been just that, threats.


It is clear that Assad does not want to open a new front with Israel. Just recently, with the help of Russian fighter jets, Hezbollah forces alongside Iranian Shi’ite ground forces and the Syrian army were able to defeat rebel forces and regain territory. These successes raised the Syrian army's morale, upping their confidence. In their next conflict or the one after, Syrian leadership may develop "Crying Wolf" syndrome. Strike after strike and in the end, Assad may decide to respond.
Another possibility is for Assad to use a proxy to attack, using Palestinians or Hezbollah on the Golan Heights border in order to rattle Israel. This is something that already happened two years ago when Iranian forces, together with Hezbollah, Palestinians and Pro-Syrian Druze created cells which attacked Israeli posts in the Golan Heights.
According to foreign reports, Israel managed to squash the cells by assassination, which included Jihad Mughniyah, whose father, Imad Mughniyah (Hezbollah’s “defense minister”), was assassinated in a joint Mossad and CIA operation in 2008. Druze terrorist Samir Kontar was also killed.
The Israeli security establishment does not belittle threats from Syria, taking into account a reaction from Damascus, though the probability of an attack is currently low.
According to foreign reports, Israel has attacked Syria ten to fifteen times in recent years, eliminating sophisticated weaponry such as air defense systems, navigation and guided systems as well as long-distance missiles -- all of which were supplied from Iran and Syria to Hezbollah.
However, what is especially interesting is Russia's silence. A spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry has in the past warned the United States and coalition forces not to attack the Syrian Regime. Russia has remained silent on the alleged Israeli attack.
(Netanyahu to discuss with Putin closer military coordination)
If Russia, Assad's biggest supporter, was against Israeli attacks and warned against them, it would have limited Israel’s freedom of action.
This leads us to believe that there is probably a quiet understanding between Jerusalem and Moscow. Beyond “de-conflicting,” or preventing the two militaries from shooting at each other, the full nature of the agreement remains unknown.
The deal was reached in meetings between Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IAF commander Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and his military chiefs. It seems as though Israel enjoys freedom of movement in firing missiles into Syria.
It is possible to conclude that Russia understands that Israel's interests are solely to prevent arms transfers of sophisticated weapons from reaching Hezbollah. They also know Israel’s red line. Israel has no interest in entering Syria's civil war, not by supporting the rebels or by acting against the regime.
As long as Russia will continue to accept these principles, Israel will allegedly continue to act from time to time, with proper accurate intelligence.
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Analysis: What does Russia really think about Israel's alleged airstrikes in Syria?

Jerusalem Post Israel News - ‎10 hours ago‎
One cannot ignore or underestimate the warnings of the Syrian Government and its army's capability to respond to Thursday night's attack, which Syria attributed to Israel. The spokesperson for the Syrian Army claimed that Israeli planes flying near the ...

Syria claims Israel bombed military airport

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Syrian state television on Friday quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight. They landed in the compound of Mezzah airport west of the Syrian capital, according to the report.

Syria says Israeli missiles struck near military airport

Columbia Daily Tribune - ‎Jan 14, 2017‎
There was no immediate comment from Israel on Friday to the Syrian claims of a strike. Israel is widely believed to have carried out a number of airstrikes on advanced weapons systems in Syria — including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and ...

Syria urges UN action over alleged Israeli strike near Damascus

Israel Hayom - ‎3 hours ago‎
"The international community must prevent Israel from continuing with its criminal attacks and unbearable breach of Syrian sovereignty," Damascus demands of U.N. Security Council • Israel remains mum on alleged strike on military airport compound.

Syria Says Israel Bombed al-Mazzeh Military Airport near Damascus

Breitbart News - ‎19 hours ago‎
The Syrian army said that Israel has launched a missile strike on the al-Mazzeh military airport west of Damascus early on Friday morning. The army said it was a “flagrant attack” by Israel with the purpose of aiding the “terrorist groups” in Syria ...
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The Current Situation in Syria

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USIP’s Work

Whatever the military outcome of the war or Syria’s future governance, achieving a peaceful Syria will require reconciliation among the communal groups that are fighting the country’s underlying, often local, conflicts. The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) works in Syria, and in neighboring countries where Syrians have taken refuge, to strengthen Syrians’ efforts to overcome these communal conflicts. It has piloted dialogues among opposed tribal or sectarian groups. USIP works with Syrian civil society organizations to strengthen them for long-term efforts to resolve conflicts and advocate for better governance in their country following generations of authoritarian rule. USIP’s work on Syria includes:
Engaging Community Leaders to Promote Social Cohesion. USIP gathers religious, tribal and civic leaders to solve problems facing their communities—an effort that reduces tensions that could lead to violence. In 2015, USIP organized such a project in al-Qahtaniyah, a locality of northeast Syria divided among ethnic Kurds and Arabs, plus Sunni Muslims, Christians, Yazidis and other groups. USIP gathered local leaders from these groups at Erbil in neighboring Iraq, where they agreed to cooperate in opening a vital local road and in returning displaced families to their homes. Through this dialogue and workshop, the leaders built skills in conflict prevention and managing relationships. The al-Qahtaniyah process offers a model that can be scaled up nationwide to lay foundations for a more peaceful Syria. USIP also provides training and mentoring for two communities (in areas beyond government control) to help local councils, civil society organizations and activist networks resolve and manage community conflicts and improve governance.
Building Relations Among Religious Leaders. Throughout the Syrian civil war, USIP has supported initiatives for dialogue across sectarian divides, understanding that religious leaders help shape their constituencies’ lasting narratives of the multi-faceted conflict. They can help build peace—or spur conflict. And faith leaders have the credibility to counter extremist interpretations of religion. USIP convened conferences of Syrian faith leaders in 2014 and 2015 to explore ways that they can promote a peaceful future for Syria, and to prepare their next steps for doing so.
Reducing Tensions Between Refugees and Host Communities. In countries neighboring Syria, USIP works to reduce rising frictions between refugee populations and their host communities. This effort will counter extremists’ efforts to radicalize Syrian refugee children and youth—a risk that is a concern of the host countries. USIP’s work also will encourage the building of positive relationships between refugee and host communities.
Dialogue for a Future Democratic Transition. In 2012, USIP helped convene dozens of Syrian political and local community activists, in a project called The Day After, to develop a shared vision for a democratic future for Syria. The dialogue included guidance from international experts on economic and social reforms, strengthening the rule of law, constitution-making, and other elements of political transitions. USIP encourages the continuation and broadening of such dialogues, which can build a basis for a more peaceful, democratic future.

USIP Publications

Institute staff and experts publish in-depth PeaceWorks reports, timely Policy Briefs and other articles that distill expert research, lessons learned and problem-solving solutions to advance peacebuilding. Recent publications on Syria include:

USIP Events

USIP hosts conferences, panel discussions, off-record roundtables and other events that gather policymakers, elected officials, scholars and others to discuss peacebuilding and analyze its challenges. Events on Syria include those below.
ISIS and Sex Slavery: How to Move From Condemnation to Action. The world has condemned ISIS’ brutality against women, but has done little to act against it. USIP hosted experts, including Zainab Bangura, the United Nations’ chief campaigner against sexual violence, to frame a strategy for action.
Middle East Strategy Task Force: Beyond Refugees. The 12 million-plus Syrians uprooted from their homes are driving the flood of refugees into Europe. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley led a discussion in September 2015 of how the United States and its partners should respond to the greatest displacement of people since World War II. They were joined by former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, USIP President Nancy Lindborg and others.
Film Screening: Syria’s “Red Lines”. USIP hosted a screening of “Red Lines,” the story of two young, unlikely Syrian activists who, after the Arab Spring revolts, launched a radical plan to bring democracy to their country. The film is a searing exposé of Syria’s war, and the tactical starvation, barrel bombs and other assaults on civilians by the regime.
Meet Syria’s Rescue Workers: Saving Lives, Building Peace. Amid the bombing and shelling of Syria’s war, hundreds of volunteers formed rescue squads on the principles of the Geneva Convention. These “White Helmets” pull their compatriots from rubble and danger without regard for sect or creed. USIP hosted two leaders of this movement to discuss ways to build peace in Syria. One of them, Khalid Harah, was tragically killed while conducting rescue work in 2016.
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Moscow hopes Astana talks to improve situation in Syria

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"The situation in Syria is going through a very important and sensitive ... the cessation of hostilities and relaunch the political process in Syria.".
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PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, made the following remarks:
"The conference convening in Paris today is a useless conference. It is being coordinated between the French and the Palestinians. Its goal is to try and force terms on Israel that conflict with our national needs. Of course it pushes peace further away because it hardens the Palestinian positions and it also pushes them away from direct negotiations without preconditions. I must say that this conference is among the last twitches of yesterday's world. Tomorrow's world will be different – and it is very near.
Today the cabinet will hear – and also approve – a proposal by the Agriculture Minister for a five year plan for the Bedouin population in the Negev. The goal is to make order in the Negev and also to integrate the Bedouin population into the Israeli economy – in education, infrastructures, employment and many other fields. I commend the Agriculture Minister for this important initiative; it has many incentives and much logic. I hope that it will also receive full cooperation from all the residents of the Negev.
Today we are also submitting two proposals to the Cabinet, two decisions that will strengthen technological innovation in Israel. The first decision will offer incentives to the high-tech sector to increase the number of engineers and scientists and to significantly boost the number of graduates in the relevant university departments.
I remind you that our main problem in the high-tech sector is meeting demand; to this end we need the very highest quality and trained personnel.
The second decision deals with smart transportation. We will remove impediments to this industry which is developing very quickly, and it will help implement smart transportation on Israel's highways."

PM Netanyahu's Remarks at Weekly Cabinet Meeting - 15/01/2017 - YouTube

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting.

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Raccoons, C'mon Try It! - It's What You Do - GEICO - YouTube

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Мужчина упал с 83 этажа "Москва-Сити" - YouTube

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Published on Jan 14, 2017
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Постоялец гостиницы комплекса "Москва Сити" упал с высоты 83 этажа. Об этом сообщили в столичной полиции. Личность погибшего и обстоятельства произошедшего устанавливаются.

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Putin opponent to Trump: Don't abandon Ukraine

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Putin's Bridge to Crimea Is Doomed to Collapse

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Rex Tillerson: U.S. response to Russia Crimea seizure was 'weak'

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