[Marxism] Russia Gave Israel Advance Notice of Its Air Strikes in Syria

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 09:34:57 MDT 2015

Russia Gave Israel Advance Notice of Its Air Strikes in Syria
Senior officials say Moscow contacted National Security Adviser Yossi 
Cohen an hour before the Russian attack.
Barak Ravid Sep 30, 2015 5:13 PM
UNITED NATIONS – Russia informed Israel in advance about its intention 
to carry out an aerial attack in Syria, senior Israeli officials told 
Haaretz on Wednesday.
The sources said Russian government officials made contact with Yossi 
Cohen, the national security adviser in the Prime Minister's Office, as 
well as with senior figures in the Israeli defense establishment about 
an hour before the Russian attack, saying that Russian planes would 
shortly thereafter be bombing targets in Syria.
The Russians' advance notice was apparently designed to avoid any 
confrontation between Israeli and Russian planes in the course of the 
The information was provided to Israel in accordance with understandings 
that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir 
Putin reached when they met in Moscow a week ago. The two leaders agreed 
to establish a mechanism for coordination between the Israel Defense 
Forces and the Russian army to head off any unintentional encounters in 
Syrian airspace. In a briefing with reporters in New York after his 
meeting on Monday with U.S. President Barack Obama, Putin acknowledged 
that Israel has security interests in Syria, and that he respects this.
Russia said it launched air strikes against the Islamic State group in 
Syria on Wednesday after Putin secured his parliament's unanimous 
backing to intervene to prop up the Kremlin's closest Middle East ally.
In addition to the contact with Israel, Moscow gave Washington an hour's 
notice of the strikes, which set in motion Russia's biggest play in the 
region since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, a U.S. official 
said. Targets in the Homs area appeared to have been struck, but not 
areas held by Islamic State, the U.S. official said. The Russian Defense 
Ministry said, however, that its attacks were directed at Islamic State 
military targets
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.678247

Israel Backs Lavrovs Plan to Fight Islamic State Under UN Auspices
© AP Photo/ Rob Griffith

Israel supports Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s initiative to 
combat the Islamic State under the auspices of the United Nations, 
Israel's Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told Sputnik on the margins 
of the UN General Assembly in New York.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Earlier on Wednesday, Russia's Foreign 
Minister Sergei Lavrov presented a resolution on joining efforts against 
the Islamic State to the members of the UN Security Council.
"I think if they will fight Daesh [Islamic State], if they will fight 
al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, all those crazy and lunatic organizations, we are 
totally in favor," Shalom stated on Wednesday.
The resolution is based on documents previously adopted by the Security 
Council with an emphasis on coherent counter-terrorism based on norms 
and principles of international law, according to Lavro
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