Israel Backs Russia’s Avowal That Syrian Chemical Arms Are Secure … “For Now”


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“At the moment, [Syria’s] chemical weapons are under control,” said senior Israeli defense official Amos Gilad Sunday, Dec. 23, echoing the statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Saturday that “the Syrian government has consolidated its chemical weapons in one or two locations amid a rebel onslaught and they are under control for the time being.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu then said enigmatically: “We are facing a near possibility of far-reaching changes in the Syrian regime with ramifications for the sensitive weaponry [chemical, biological] present there.”

Like Lavrov’s comments, neither Israeli statement accounted for the sudden reversal of events in the last 48 hours in the turbulent history of its northern neighbor. As recently as Friday, Bashar Assad’s Scuds and warplanes were battling the rebels to keep his big chemical and biological warfare arsenals at the Al Safira complex near Aleppo out of the hands of al Qaeda adherents who were moving in fast on this target. Twenty four hours later, the Russian foreign minister asserted the weapons were secure.

Military sources disclose that the battle of al Safira was abruptly interrupted by a foreign military force which stepped in and stopped the fighting in order to commandeer the chemical and biological stocks.  This force has been identified as a Russian special unit.

The entire episode is covered in a heavy blanket of secrecy, imposed from Moscow, Washington, Jerusalem and Damascus. They are using the public preoccupation with the holiday period in the West to keep it dark. However, from the scraps of evidence available, it is transpires that the foreign special unit reaching al Safira gave both sides, the Syrian army and the rebels, an ultimatum to hold their fire until the arsenals were removed, or else this special unit would mete out crushing punishment.

Since then, the Syrian army and rebels do not appear to have resumed fighting and it is not clear which side remains in control of the al Safira military complex.

One of the many enigmas surrounding this episode is whether the Russians carried out their operation for the capture of Assad’s WMD alone, or in conjunction with the US and Israel. And whether this cooperation extended up to and including implementation, or was confined to the intelligence and preparatory stages.

Amos Gilad’s comment points to a measure of international cooperation.  Furthermore, it is not clear whether the Syrian ruler gave permission for the removal of his unconventional weapons out of the reach of the rebels. Neither is their destination known.  And most of all, what makes Russian and Israeli officials so sure that they are in safe hands?

In his statement Saturday, Lavrov divulged that it had been “consolidated in one or two places” and that “Russian military advisers… kept close watch over [Syria’s] chemical arsenal.”

The Israeli defense official was in rare tune with Moscow on the fate of the Syrian ruler. He asserted that the civil war between Assad and opposition forces fighting to topple him had become deadlocked, but that the Syrian leader showed no signs of heeding international calls to step down.

“Suppose he (Assad) does leave, there could be chaos … in the Middle East you never know who will come instead. We need to stay level-headed; the entire world is dealing with this (another reference to multinational action in Syria). At the moment, chemical weapons are under control, despite the fact that President Bashar al-Assad has lost control of parts of the country,” Gilad said.

Source:  DebkaFile

Assad’s Deadly Agenda: First, Chemicals. Next, Powerful Russian Hypersonic Ballistic Missile


Russia Makes A Grave Move Toward WW3
Missile Crisis 2.0 In The Making

In Response To American ‘Patriot’ Missiles in Turkey
Moscow Has Upped the Ante Vigorously Against the West
And the West Has No Viable Answer Against It

The Russians have just given Syrian tyrant Bashar Assad
his most sophisticated weapon thus far – the Iskander cruise missile,
which has a hypersonic speed of 1.3 miles per second.

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On Dec. 5, the first American, Dutch and German Patriot missiles landed in Turkey. Within hours, three Russian warships had put into Syria’s Tartus port – the Novocherkassk and Saratov landing craft and the MB-304 supply vessel. Aboard were 300 marines. But there were not only fighting men. They also delivered a fearsome weapon for Assad’s army and a game changer in the Syrian conflict: 24 Iskander 9K720 (NATO codenamed SS-26 Stone) cruise missile systems, designed for theater level conflicts.

While NATO unpacked the Patriots in Turkey, a dozen mobile batteries – each carrying a pair of Iskander missiles – were fixed into position opposite Turkey, and another dozen, opposite Jordan and Israel. At all their stations, the Russian missiles are pointed at US military targets.

So, while the West was gripped with alarm over Assad’s poison Sarin gas shells and bombs and gearing up for missile attacks on Turkey, the Russians were injecting into the Syrian war field the most sophisticated weapon of death thus far.

The West and Israel have no answer for the Iskander’s hypersonic speed of more than 1.3 miles per second with a 280 mile-range and a 1,500-pound warhead which destroys targets with pinpoint accuracy. It is also nuclear-capable.

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised two US presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, not to let the Iskander reach the hands of Syria or Iran.

Moscow has no illusions that once in Syria, the lethal cruise missile will pretty soon reach Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Saturday, Dec. 15, Iran’s chief of staff Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi warned that the Patriot missiles in Turkey portended world war. He was referring to the missile-versus-missile face-off in Syria .

 By giving Assad the Iskanders, Moscow has plumped itself squarely in the Tehran-Damascus-Hizballah camp, while on the contrary president Obama is carefully holding back from an unreserved commitment to the Syrian insurgency.

Some Western circles see Russia’s military intervention in the Syrian conflict as presaging Bashar Assad’s early downfall. The reality is that before he falls, the Syria ruler is getting ready for desperate measures – first by unleashing chemical warfare and, after that, using the deadly Iskanders for a last throw against his enemies.

And then, what? As it says in Isaiah 17:1,

“The burden of Damascus:  Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap.”

The world is on the verge of the greatest cataclysm since the Flood of Noach; but most people, imbued by shear fear and irresponsibility, pretend to ignore what is constantly clearly evident all over the news: Worldwide society is rapidly collapsing at every level, planetary nature is inevitably agonizing, and a growing threat of nuclear doom extends is dark and lethal arms around all of us pulling us toward an abyss that seems to be inescapable. Meanwhile, we persistently continue in our perennial attempts to escape our bleak reality through empty positivism whose only result is to put us to sleep in front of mortal danger. Denial and wishful thinking will NOT change the course of history as prophesied. Only honest repentance and sincere and meaningful prayer, accompanied by selfless acts of humanity that arise from our conscious study of Torah shall merit this world to climb out of the hole in which we all are speedily falling. But the real problem is: are the masses willing to do it? Are you? Am I?

Notwithstanding, the best part of all this ugly panorama we face is how bad it is getting. We all know that immediately after the greatest darkness of the night is when the light of day appears, and immediately after the worst and more frequent pains of delivery arrives a beautiful baby. Si it is with the current situation of our world.

We all need to understand that if there is not a humble change of heart among the masses of the world — and even more importantly among the Jews — we shall have to go through what was prophesied by our holy Prophets in the old days … and it is not going to be nice. But after that terrible pain and indescribable horror a New World shall arise lead by Moshiach under the Commands and Rules of HaShem. Then, at last, the world shall enjoy true and lasting Justice and Peace. But it could have being the easy way! Who is at fault? You and I. After all, in the same way that denial and wishful thinking are signs of personal dysfunction, so is projection.

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Source: DebkaFilese