The original purpose of the op-ed was to place it in the media to raise attention to this issue, and we are also sharing it here. September 17, Local Lens:
Following this publication I received an email from a reader asking me the following question: I am confused by Putins actions — does Putin support the Zionist entity, on the quiet like. I would appreciate your feedback on this matter. Also — I have heard, but not been able to confirm, that the Russian Jewish immigrants to Occupied Palestines are the most ardent tormenters of the Palestinians — it takes quite some doing to get ahead of the likes of Netanyahu.
I often see that question in emails and in comments, so I wanted to address this issue today. First, we need to look at some critical assumption implied by this question.
Let me begin by saying that I categorically disagree with both of these assumptions, especially the 2nd one. Russia can stop the Israeli attacks on Syria How? I think that the list of options is fairly obvious here.
So talking to them is just a waste of oxygen. What about threatening them? Actually, I think that this could work, but at what risk and price? In fact, their record is pretty good. Now if you look at where the Russian air defenses are, you will see that they are all concentrated around Khmeimim and Tartus.
Yes, an S has a very long range, but that range is dependent on many things including the size of the target, its radar-cross section, its electronic warfare capabilities, the presence of specialized EW aircraft, altitude, etc.
The Israelis are skilled pilots who are very risk averse so they are very careful about what they do. Finally, the Israelis are very much aware of where the Russians are themselves and where there missiles are. I think that it would be pretty safe to say that the Israelis make sure to keep a minimal safe distance between themselves and the Russians, if only to avoid any misunderstanding.
In this article Darius Shahtahmasebi writes: In practical terms this means this: There are also simply factual issues to consider: In fact, both Israel and CENTCOM simply have such a numbers advantage over the relatively small Russian contingent that they both could over-run the Russian defenses, even if they would take losses in the process.
So yes, the Russian probably could stop one or a few Israeli attacks, but if the Israelis decided to engage in a sustained air campaign against targets in Syria there is nothing the Russians could do short of going to war with Israel. So here again a very basic strategic principle fully applies: Put simply this means: And this begs a critical look at the second assumption: Russia has some moral duty to stop the Israeli attacks on Syria This is the one which most baffles me.
For starters, when is the last time somebody came to the help of Russia? How many countries in the Middle-East have recognized South Ossetia or Abkhazia and compare that with the Kosovo case! Can somebody please explain to me why Russia has some moral obligation towards Syria or Iran or Hezbollah when not a single Muslim or Arab country has done anything to help the Syrian government fight against the Takfiris?
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