[Marxism] Israel to provide Russia with intelligence about Syrian opposition

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 07:56:02 MDT 2015


Israel to provide Russia with intelligence about Syrian opposition
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 10:30
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/21466-israel-to-provide-russia-with-intelligence-about-syrian-opposition
Despite stating otherwise, the Russian airstrikes so far has targetted 
non-Daesh targets, including several bases of anit-regime rebel groups 
[file photo of a member of the Aleppo Es Samiyye Front]
Israel will provide Russia with intelligence information about 
opposition sites in Syria to facilitate Moscow’s military operations, 
Channel 2TV has reported. The Israeli network said that a senior 
delegation of Russian army officials will arrive in Israel on Tuesday to 
coordinate the military cooperation.
The delegation will be led by First Deputy Chief of General Staff 
General Nikolai Bogdanovsky, who will meet his Israeli counterpart, 
Major-General Yair Golan as well as senior officials in Israeli military 
intelligence, the air force and the Mossad. Channel 2 noted that the 
visit follows the meeting between Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin 
Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow three weeks 
ago.
According to the media report, Israel will submit more requests to the 
Russians in exchange for “attractive” offers to facilitate the Russian 
army’s military operations in Syria. It also revealed that Netanyahu and 
Putin have agreed on several issue in principle, including a Russian 
pledge to stop the flow of weapons from Syria to Hezbollah, as well as 
to allow the Israeli air force to carry out operations freely in Syria, 
even in areas where the Russian army is stationed on the Syrian coast.
Senior officers in the Russian and Israeli air forces will discuss the 
mechanisms for the coordination of Israeli overflights of Syrian 
airspace to avoid any conflict with Russian aircraft on operations 
against opposition groups. Israel is likely to request Russia to 
coordinate its moves in the Mediterranean in a manner that does not 
affect Israeli submarines gathering intelligence about Lebanon and 
Syria.
Another report by Israel Radio on Sunday claimed that Tel Aviv will 
provide vital intelligence to the Russians in a bid to reduce Iranian 
influence in Syria.
Meanwhile, Israel’s former Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, has called for 
direct cooperation with Iran and Hezbollah in order to protect Israeli 
interests. Maariv newspaper quoted Livni as saying on Friday, “Netanyahu 
must understand that the world looks at Iran and Hezbollah as legitimate 
partners in the confrontation against Daesh.” She warned that Tel Aviv’s 
geostrategic position will be hurt if the Israeli leadership does not 
realise what must be done do to influence the shifts in the balance of 
power in Syria 




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