According to Sputnik News, the Russian Defense Ministry thanked the IDF for destroying an ISIS position, thus guaranteeing the Russian backed Assad regime and its Iranian allies reach a point close to the Kinneret.
“Russian armed forces’ command in Syria used the existing communication channels to thank the IDF leadership for killing terrorists and stopping a massive provocation,” the ministry said in a statement.
“A precision strike by jets and IDF artillery operatively destroyed Daesh terrorists and their rocket launchers,” the Russian ministry stated.
What is going on?
With top Russian diplomats in Israel earlier in the week and days of back and forth fighting between Syrian regime forces and Israel, resulting in knocking a Syrian fighter jet out of the sky, Russia’s message appears out of touch from reality.
Or does it?
Donald Trump may have accomplished more in Helsinki than misstating one word. Putin has ultimately proven that he is more than a third world thug despite the Deep State propaganda campaign being waged against him. Without a doubt Trump realized that Obama’s actions caused a real tilt in power from eastern Europe to the Middle East, with Russia coming out ahead.
Putin’s main goal has been to secure himself as the de facto ring maker in the Middle East. This means forcing Israel into a position where they need him to push back on Iran. The Iranians have no interest in playing along, but Putin doesn’t care. The more chaotic the situation gets on the Golan, the more of a chance that Putin is required as the peacemaker.
The Trump administration has never taken a keen interest in getting involved with Israel with anything more than statements and weapon sales. In fact, this has been the situation for a few administrations. The Military Industrial Complex (MIC) loves conflict, because it makes more money, but now it may have reached the end of its own rope. Trump is more than happy to allow Putin to run the table in the Middle East as long as Israel is untouched and Iran is kept at bay.
Putin’s strategy is to keep a low conflict simmering between all parties so they have need of his mediation skills at any given time. Israel understands it is effectively on its own and appears to be falling in line with Putin’s schemes despite Syrian border harassment.
There is just one problem with Putin’s strategy – Iran.
The Iranian regime is teetering due to economic pressures and will have to make a move soon. Israel may be willing to punch back after small border infringements, but Iran is another matter. In the coming days and weeks the IDF and the Netanyahu government will have to decide if it is still worth it to play along with Putin or go it alone after Iran.
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