Becoming more and more obvious that Israel is waging a covert war against Iran in Syria. War is being waged mainly by the BBC and presumably intelligence, which supplies pilots with the coordinates of Iranian targets. There is also evidence that part of its tactics in Syria, Israel has used targeted killings. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman made it clear that they are committed to the full withdrawal of the Iranian troops and the loyal factions in Syria, writes Jonathan Spier in an article for the American edition of the Foreign Policy.
It is unlikely that Israel will be able to achieve the withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria. Israel, however, can make efforts to put Tehran to build its military infrastructure.
During the civil war in Syria, Israel was periodically attacked government forces and goals of Hezbollah. However, from the beginning of 2018, the frequency of attacks by Israel increased, the Israeli military began directly to attack Iranian facilities and the military. The imminent collapse of the Syrian revolt have pushed Israel to action.
While militant groups were viable, Israel just watched from the sidelines. In the best case, the Israeli government maintained limited relations with militants near the province of Quneitra in order to prevent the approaching war to the Golan heights. Periodically, the Israeli military strikes to eliminate the supply of weapons to the Lebanese Hezbollah. In the rest of Israel were arranged, that of the Syrian government forces, allied units of the Iranian and Sunni fighters destroy each other.
However, in 2018, when it became clear that the Syrian rebellion, thanks to Iranian and Russian aid, soon to be suppressed, Israel could no longer afford the luxury of relative inactivity, if you wanted to put the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps (IRGC) in the creation of their own independent military infrastructure in Syria, which would be a complement to Iranian bases in Iraq and Lebanon. Soon Israel decided to strike at the emerging in Syria, Iranian military infrastructure.
It is difficult to track the full scale anti-Iranian campaign by Israel, because he shows restraint in respect of responsibility for the attack. Sometimes, Tehran and Damascus have also sought to avoid publicity of the consequences of the air strikes of Israel.
However, it is safe to say that the biggest clash between the Iranian and Israeli forces occurred on may 10, 2018, when in response to the launch of 20 missiles “Grad” and “Fajr” in the direction of the Israeli positions on the Golan heights, Israel launched a major air operation against Iranian infrastructure throughout Syria. According to the Ministry of defense of Russia, Israel mobilized 28 aircraft and launched 70 rockets. The blow was struck by various objects of the IRGC in Syria, including logistics complex forces, “al-Quds” — an elite unit of the revolutionary guards — in the area of al-Kiswa, as well as Iranian military camp to the North of Damascus, weapons depots belonging to forces of “al-Quds”, as well as reconnaissance systems and installations.
Netanyahu recently noted that the campaign against Iran is not over. “The Israel defense forces will continue to act with full determination and force against Iran deployed troops and advanced weapons systems in Syria,” Netanyahu said on 29 August in the southern Israeli town of Dimona.
Israel, it seems, has demonstrated its commitment over the weekend when at a military airfield in Mezze, located on the outskirts of Damascus, a series of explosions. Pro-Syrian TV channel al-Mayadin said that the bombings involved Israel. Israeli officials decided to remain silent on this issue. Syrian state television and official news Agency SANA later denied, what happened the Israeli attack. Likewise, no one officially claimed responsibility for the attack on the Iranian convoy in southern Syria on 3 September. According to the Syrian Observatory for human rights, the attack was killed by an Iranian citizen and seven Syrians. Finally, the murder of the head of the Syrian scientific research centre in Masyaf Aziz Asbera and commander of the “Palestinian” Syrian intelligence Ahmad ISA Habib, occurred on 5 August and 18 August respectively, caused some speculation about the involvement of Israel.
The ongoing anti-Iranian campaign by Israel in Syria intended to put Iran to gain a foothold in the country. Will Israel succeed? It is also unclear how Israel can achieve its primary objective — the withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria. Iran has sent Syria a huge investment and has been there for a long time. Over the past seven years, Tehran has spent in Syria at over $30 billion Iranian project is very versatile. It involves creating structures in the official security forces of Syria. Air attacks and murders are unlikely to force Iran to change its strategic course and to abandon the investment in Syria.
Perhaps more appropriate to consider the Israeli campaign as one element of a more multiple efforts to contain and undermine the achievements of Iran in Syria. New us sanctions and efforts by other regional powers can be part of the Israeli anti-Iranian campaign.
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