"“We will not let the Iranians and Hezbollah be the forces that will win the very brutal war in Syria” and then move their focus onto Israel, he said. Up until now Israel has been very careful to say out of the war in Syria, saying it will only intervene – and indeed only has intervened – to protect the red lines Netanyahu established: that game-changing weaponry is not transferred to Hezbollah via Syria, that Hezbollah and Iranian troops are not on the border with Israel, and that the Iranians do not establish permanent bases in Syria.
Amidror said that the cease fire plan was made without taking into sufficient consideration Israel’s need to defend itself.
“At the end of the day it is our responsibility, not the responsibility of the Americans, or the Russians, to guarantee ourselves, and we will take all the measures that are needed for that,” he said.
Explaining how the Americans and Russians — with which Israel has good ties and a dialogue — agreed to a deal that could allow for a permanent Iranian presence in Syria, Amidror said that the Russian strategic goal in the cease-fire was to ensure that Assad's regime remains, and the the American strategic goal was to destroy Islamic State.
Israel, he said, needs to “take care of its strategic goal,” which he defined as “keeping Iran and Syria from building launching pads in Syria.”
Amidror said that that while Israel obviously wants to see the killing in Syria end, “the price can't be having Iran and Hezbollah on our borders.”
He said that Israel has both diplomatic and military options to keep this from happening, and said “both options should be used.”" Amidror in Jpost
Yesterday Natanyahu told some people in Paris that Israel does not approve of the ceasefire arranged by the US, Jordan and Russia in SW Syria. Today this fellow (whoever he is) states baldly that "Izghayel" (have to get the guttural R right) has a strategic goal of excluding Hizbullah and Iran from any role in Syria. Is this supposed to have been a big secret? To that end Israel was one of the major players in inciting American neocons and R2Pers to push for rebellion in Syria. To that end Israel has provided direct military support to jihadis located just east of the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan Heights. Israel continues to do that in the evident hope of creating a jihadi buffer zone in Quneitra Province. The Izzies tried this thing once before in southeast Lebanon which they managed to effectively detach from Lebanese government control for some years until the whole scheme fell on its ass when the Israelis withdrew from SE Lebanon and the various kinds of Lebanese managed to talk to each other.
This kind of thing is a perpetual problem in dealing with the phenomenon of Israel as a factor in the ME. They continuously try to punch so far above their weight that the effect would be comic if it were not so murderously dangerous.
Amidror needs to go talk to IDF General Staff intelligence. They could tell him, (if they dared) that a program of air attacks on Hizbullah and Iran in Syria would very likely result in a barrage of 20,000 or so Hizbullah missiles and artillery rockets falling in the northern half of Israel. These would not be the pathetic flying pipe bombs that the Gazans occasionally shoot out of their ghettoized city. No, these would be the real thing and the IDF has no idea how they would deal with that.
What's next, a threat to launch drone attacks in DC if the US does not behave? pl