[Marxism] A test of Israel Russia rapprochement

A.R. G amithrgupta at gmail.com
Mon Dec 21 00:34:57 MST 2015

Why would it argue against it?

Of course Russia has to stand by their allies, including Hezbollah. But
Israel appears to be cashing in on its closer ties with Russia by taking
out a long-time foe. It is not a secret that Israel has struck Syria
multiple times in the last 4 years, including the weapons shipment to Hezb
and a few other targets. They have always hedged attacks against Syria
against other political priorities. Why would their strike on Samir Quntar
prove that they are not actually working closer with the Russians? I would
think it does prove that they are working closer, which is why they are
able to get away with more brazen actions like this that might have
normally triggered greater reaction by Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah.

- Amith

On Sun, Dec 20, 2015 at 11:46 PM, Ken Hiebert via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> A number of articles have suggested a high level of co-operation between
> israel and Russia in Syria.  A sharp response on the part of Russia to this
> killing would argue against this.
>                                         ken h
> Lebanese militant leader Samir Qantar killed in Damascus attack
> http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/20/lebanese-militant-leader-samir-qantar-believed-killed-in-damascus-attack
> Israeli warplanes have struck targets inside Syria several times during
> the country’s nearly five-year conflict, although it has rarely confirmed
> its involvement. Qantar’s killing would mark the first Israeli
> assassination of a senior figure inside Syria since Russia launched its
> military operations on 30 September in support of Assad.
> Israel’s defence minister has said Russia and Israel have worked out an
> open communication system “to prevent misunderstandings”. That raises the
> question of whether the Russians would have been informed by Israel about
> any operation to kill Qantar. The Russian defence ministry declined to
> comment on the airstrike.
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