Russia Is the New Sheriff in Syria

(Israel Hayom) Eyal Zisser - Israel (according to foreign reports) is continuing to attack weapons shipments in Syria earmarked for Hizbullah despite the massive Russian presence there. The Arab press has even reported that Moscow has tacitly agreed to these attacks and has also demanded of Hizbullah that it not respond. These reports show that the Russian presence in Syria could also provide certain benefits for Israel. The Russian presence has not paralyzed Israel's ability to take action, though it has made this action transparent for Moscow. In Israel this is already being taken into account, as evidenced by reports that Israel used missiles instead of planes in several attacks to avoid unnecessary friction with the new sheriff in town. The writer, Vice Rector at Tel Aviv University, is former director of its Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies.

2016-12-12 00:00:00

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