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The rules of engagement between Syria and Israel

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23.01.2019

Israel has, so far, succeeded in imposing its own rules of engagement on Syria and Iraq. Barely a week goes by without Israeli warplanes launching missile attacks on Syrian (Iranian) targets, usually on sensitive sites such as the Damascus International Airport and surrounding areas. It causes physical and human losses every time. Israel’s hostility is a means for it to bare its teeth, and instead of chalking these operations up to an anonymous party, Israel is now directly announcing its responsibility for these attacks in a challenge to Damascus, and more specifically Tehran, as a way to express its disregard of Moscow and those behind it.

Since February last year, when Syrian air defence shot down an Israeli warplane, Damascus, Tehran and Beirut’s southern suburb, have been talking about “changing the rules of engagement”. This team’s position is reinforced by Moscow’s decision to bring in S-300 missiles to Damascus and Israel’s air force ceasing to infiltrate Syrian airspace. However, this did not last long, as Israel resumed its attacks across all of Syria, avoiding the areas in the north-western part of the country, where the Russian military bases are located.

What is new about the rules of engagement between the two sides is the fact that the Syrian air force is more capable to thwart Israeli........

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