israel: S-300 Missiles Moving to Syria

Israel’s Air Force Commander Major General Amir Eshel said today that S-300 advanced missile defense system will soon arrive in Syria.

The S-300 systems have been modernised repeatedly to maintain it’s reputation as the ultimate rocket and aircraft destroying machines. The S-300PMU2 Favorit can launch six missiles at once, each capable of destroying aircraft flying at several times the maximum speed of the F-16 and F-22 fighter jets – the flaunted possessions of the Israeli and US air forces, as well as intercepting ballistic targets.

Speaking at a convention in Herzliya, Eshel added “there is a clear understanding that such capabilities will produce confidence and aggressive behavior.”

“Aerial superiority is a condition to win and win quickly, and is of great strategic importance. The other side understands that well, which is why Assad, with his low budget, has invested billions into purchasing antiaircraft missiles.”

“It’s not just our problem. The challenge that is developing in the north did not start yesterday and there isn’t a challenge that has no solution,” the air force chief noted, adding that Syria could collapse soon and different forces could get hold of Assad’s armory.

“This does not mean we will act, but it means we must be ready with our planes and missile defense systems. No one is going to tell us ‘take two weeks to prepare for the war.’ We will have to be ready for confrontations in Gaza and Lebanon, including long-range ones. Failure to prepare for this would mean a failure to learn the lessons of the Yom Kippur War.”

IDF Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Benny Gantz added: “In light of the region’s instability, the military faces a real scenario of a confrontation on multiple fronts, and is in a new resource reality which could change it completely.”

The revelations come after an IDF vehicle was destroyed by Syrian forces in the Golan Heights.

Source: Syria Report

‘Israel forces fired at target in Syria’

The file photo shows an Israeli tank on Syria’s illegally annexed Golan Heights.

The Israeli military says its troops have shot at a target inside Syria, after gunfire from Damascus hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The military said in a Tuesday statement that the gunfire from Damascus damaged a military vehicle without causing any injuries.

The statement added that the Israeli soldiers “returned precise fire.”

Tel Aviv has recently boosted military activities in the occupied Golan Heights, where clashes between Syrian forces and foreign-sponsored militants have spiked dramatically in recent weeks.

The Israeli military has set up a “military field hospital” at military outpost 105 in the occupied Golan Heights to treat wounded militants fighting against the government in neighboring Syria.

The Israeli military has carried out three airstrikes against Syria so far this year.

On May 5, Syria said the Israeli regime had carried out an airstrike targeting a research center in a suburb of Damascus, following heavy losses of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups at the hands of the Syrian army. According to Syrian media reports, Israeli rockets struck the Jamraya Research Center.

The Jamraya facility was also targeted in an Israeli airstrike in January.  Continue reading

NAM calls on UNSC to take action against Israeli aggression in Gaza

Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes targeted Interior Ministry building in Gaza City on November 16, 2012 .

 

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) strongly censures the recent Israeli air strikes against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, urging the UN Security Council to adopt a swift action to put an end to the ongoing violence.

“The Non-Aligned Movement strongly condemns the recent military actions against the Palestinian people and believes that the Israeli regime’s aggression and its resort to bullying against defenseless people requires the immediate attention of the international community,” NAM said in a statement which was unanimously approved on Thursday.

It also urged the UN Security Council, as the body responsible for maintaining international peace and security, to adopt an immediate measure to stop the Israeli attacks on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The statement added that fresh Israeli air strikes on Gaza have killed and wounded many Palestinians, including women and children.

The use of military force against the Palestinian people with the purpose of intimidation has deteriorated the situation in other parts of the occupied Palestinian territories such as East Al-Quds (East Jerusalem), the NAM’s statement warned.

Over 20 people have been killed and more than 160 others injured in the new wave of Israeli attacks which began on Wednesday.

The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying the acts of aggression are being conducted for defensive purposes.

However, in violation of international law, disproportionate force is always used and civilians are often killed or injured. Continue reading