Israeli Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel said Wednesday that Russian S-300 missile defense systems will arrive in Syria to aid the Assad regime’s forces. He said the defenses would not deter Israel if it decided a strike on Syria was necessary, reports Ynet News.
JERUSALEM — Israel’s air force commander, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, said yesterday that the sudden collapse of Syria would oblige Israel to undertake a massive attack “within hours.”
Americans and Europeans have been joining al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria in increasing numbers, causing concern that these Western radicals could attempt to carry out terrorist attack on the United States upon returning home, experts told Congress Wednesday.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday Iran and its militant Shi’ite Lebanese ally Hezbollah were “propping up” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and giving him increasing support.
Syria said its troops destroyed an Israeli vehicle that crossed into its territory from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday and warned that any attempt to violate its sovereignty would meet “immediate and firm retaliation”.
About 30 Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and 20 Syrian soldiers and militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have been killed in the fiercest fighting this year in the rebel stronghold of Qusair, Syrian activists said on Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to back out of a contract to supply surface-air S-300 missiles to the Syrian Army in a Tuesday meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Tower reports.
The United States remains fully committed to helping Syrian rebels topple the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Thursday evening.
U.S. officials said Wednesday that they are reviewing information from Israel about Russia’s alleged sale of S-300 missile batteries to Syria, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Iranian officials are believed to be encouraging the Syrian army, Palestinians, and its terror proxy Hezbollah to launch an attack on the Golan Heights, Israeli territory that borders war-torn Syria.