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Extraordinary.

Acc. to @BarakRavid sources, #Russia has told #Israel that it'll seek to force #Iran 100km away from #Israeli-held 1974 #Golan line.

That means all territory west of the red line on map (L).

= A truly wild fantasy.

Look where #Iran is now (R); per @ETANA_Syria:
@BarakRavid @ETANA_Syria #Israel has shot down an #Assad regime Sukhoi fighter jet, which took off from T4 Airbase & flew 2km into Israeli airspace.

x2 Patriot SAM missiles were used & multiple messages sent in multiple languages prior to shoot-down.

Another example of #Russia’s value in de-escalation.
@BarakRavid @ETANA_Syria #pt: Just 36hrs ago was #Israel's first operational use of the "David’s Sling" SAM system, used to down #Assad ballistic missiles.

Yesterday, #Russia’s MFA & MOD visited #Jerusalem to firm-up their security arrangements with #Israel.

I wrote that #Moscow is incapable - clearly.
@BarakRavid @ETANA_Syria In addition to my above “briefing” for @MiddleEastInst, I also wrote in Arabic for @aawsat_news, laying out the short-sightedness of handing #Syria to #Russia; hoping that various threats (principally #Assad & #Iran, plus #ISIS, AQ et al.) would decline:

@BarakRavid @ETANA_Syria @MiddleEastInst @aawsat_News #Israel rebuffed #Russia’s [otherwise silly] offer of an #Iran 100km withdrawal from the 1974 #Golan line yesterday.

A strange game of tit-for-tat is going on here - #Tehran is clearly being engaged throughout, but showing a penchant only for escalation.

reuters.com/article/us-mid…
@BarakRavid @ETANA_Syria @MiddleEastInst @aawsat_News Faced by urgent threats from #Hamas & deeply dangerous ones from #Iran/#Hezbollah in #Syria/#Lebanon, #Israel must develop a strategy that tackles both, whilst controlling escalation.

Good threat from @YadlinAmos of @INSSIsrael:

“The Special Force” - a unit of #Syria’s #Hezbollah, an #LDF component that’s trained, armed & funded by #Hezbollah in #Lebanon.

@ajaltamimi with a backgrounder on a group involved along the #Golan, despite #Israel’s concerns:

aymennjawad.org/2018/07/the-sp…
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