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TRUMP'S AIRSTRIKE - GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS FOR ISRAEL

Iran is on remote control aimed at annihilating Israel while Russia is a wild card replacing the US as king-maker in the region.

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The good news is that Trump, unlike Obama, kept his word and again bombed Syria's chemical weapons sites. Credit where credit is due. On the other hand, Trump is following in the footsteps of his predecessor and pulling out not only of Syria but the rest of the Middle East. America no longer depends on Arab oil. Nature abhors a vacuum, and Russia and Iran will continue their domination of Syria despite the latest attack. Iran is on remote control aimed at annihilating Israel while Russia is a wild card replacing the US as king-maker in the region.

First to Iran: Israeli strategic experts believe that Iran will now try and make good on its promise to retaliate after Israeli aircraft shot down and an Iranian drone flying into Israel armed with explosives. Israeli jets followed up by bombing the Iranian drone installation and Syria's massive T-4 airbase. One of the seven Iranians killed was a senior officer, a colonel in command of the Iranian drone squadron that had attacked Israel. Tehran vowed to retaliate, however, this may have been delayed due to the recent tension triggered by the Syrians getting into the act with their chemical weapon attack on Syrian civilians. Now, after the fireworks have apparently subsided, Iran is expected to make good on its threat to hit Israel. Obviously, the IDF and Israel's security agencies, Mossad and Shabak, are on top alert not only in Israel but worldwide.

It is not a question of if but when the Iranian attack will be executed.

It is not a question of if but when the Iranian attack will be executed. This will lead to further retaliation because Israel has drawn a red line in what has become an ongoing confrontation with Iran. In the wake of the civil war in Syria, Iran is cashing in its chips for its military support of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Without the military aid of Iran and Russia, Assad would have been long gone. Now the Ayatollahs in Tehran are expanding their military presence in Syria, and, in effect, Iranian fighters have been trying to push down to the Israeli border. Israel is determined to prevent this from happening. Meanwhile, Russia is doing its thing by expanding its presence in Syria, but the two countries are not in lockstep and may possibly rival each other.

The plot thickens...

Will the hotline established between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Putin designed to prevent an accidental clash between Israel and Russia continue to operate? So far this has worked. However, Russian personnel is also stationed at that T-4 airbase, and Putin gave Netanyahu and earful for possibly endangering them in the airstrike.

Naturally, Israelis have been following the fallout from trump's airstrike with more than a passing interest. Overall, even Netanyahu's political rivals, such as Ehud Barak and bogie Ayalon, have lauded Netanyahu for adopting a "responsible policy" of coping with the Iranian expansion in Syria. Moreover, the country, in general, is standing behind the prime minister despite his legal problems.

Israel feels isolated in its confrontation with Iran and the delicate relationship with the Russians in Syria.

On the international arena, Israel feels isolated in its confrontation with Iran and the delicate relationship with the Russians in Syria. It appears the US and the rest of the free world are prepared to stay out as long as Assad does not use chemical weapons - the Iranians and Russians can do what they like in Syria. So the US, British, and French airstrike is but an interlude in Israel's open confrontation with Iran.

One final thought on this subject: shame on Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Commander in Chief of the Russian army, whose predecessor the valiant Red Army did more to defeat Nazi Germany than any other army. Some historians contend that the Red Army, by its valiant stand at Stalingrad and elsewhere alone, destroyed 75% of the Nazi's military power. For Putin, to deny the horrible use of chemical weapons against children, women, and men is an unforgivable blot in Russian history.

Now for the massive Palestinian rioting along the Gaza border. Just imagine what President trump, or even Obama for that matter, would do if 30,000 raging Mexicans had threatened to break through the borders of Texas and California demanding to take back their homes in these former Mexican territories?

Political Analyst David Essing

 

 

David Essing

 

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