Israel’s air supremacy over Lebanon has proven difficult for the Syrian military counter, especially when the former uses this airspace to launch airstrikes on border governorates like Homs, Damascus, and Tartous.

While the Syrian military frequently tracks Israeli warplanes along the Syrian-Lebanese border, they have refrained from attempting to down any enemy aircraft because such a move would trigger a powerful response the IAF.

However, as the Syrian military has seen time-after-time, if they remain idle, Israel uses Lebanon to enter Syria and then bomb their installations.

There is not much Syria can do in this case because they do not have any military presence inside of Lebanon.

Furthermore, it is not as if Lebanon is collaborating with Israel in these instances; they just do not have the means to shoot down an Israeli warplane flying to Syria, let alone over their own country.

International Response?

Complaints to the international community, including the United Nations, have been pointless for both Syria and Lebanon, as the Israeli Air Force nearly violates Lebanese airspace on a daily basis without any consequences.

Lebanon is also in a bind because they are reliant on western nations, particularly U.N. Security Council members like the United States, France, and Great Britain, for weapons and military equipment.

All three of these western nations have expressed concerns over Hezbollah acquiring weapons from the Lebanese military, so the idea of supplying the latter with an adequate air defense system is out of the question.

S-300 System

For Syria, the acquisition of the S-300 system from Russia is supposed to be a major boost to their air defenses.

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Unfortunately for the Syrian Armed Forces, Israel also possesses one of the most powerful military intelligence wings in the world.

As seen in the April airstrikes over the city of Masyaf, Israel knew Syria’s S-300 system was not ready for use and exploited this.

Israel has the benefit of close intelligence ties with not only the U.S. Coalition but also the Russian military who is aiding the Syrian government in this conflict.

Russia may disapprove of the Israeli airstrikes in Syria, but they will not intervene to stop them as they currently have an agreement with the Netanyahu administration.

Future

With Israel’s determination to not allow any Iranian military presence in Syria, Damascus and Tehran are attempting to counter this by developing a railway and international highway that stretches between the two countries.

While this will not necessarily halt the Israeli airstrikes, it will allow Iran and Syria to widen their operational capabilities.

This will help Iran immensely because the heavy sanctions imposed on them by the United States have obstructed their naval operations in the Mediterranean.

 

Please note: This article first appeared on Al-Masdar on April 15, 2019.

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Rhodium 10

I dont think Russia is the problem!….the problem is the bad qualification of Syrian armed forces…they have many Mig 29 which can fly over lebanon to prevent these airstrikes…they can be supporter by S-200/ 300 as israeli jets will have to fly at high alttitude instead of fly at low altiitude avoiding S-200 and launching cruise missile….but obviusly Syrian pilots need be coordinate with SAM operators..and we see what happened with the Russian aircraft..

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Is Syria still has 50 fighter jets flyable, it would still be very nice. Maintaining a 20+ years old MiG-29 airborne is as expensive as owning a F-35 (yup) : about $13M/unit/year maintenance, ouch! Moreover, to stand a chance, you’d need to do exactly what India and Israel do : constantly upgrade your aircraft with latest combat systems, usually, in the case of India, which works a bit ‘on budget’, mixing Israeli, French and domestic combat systems (and their DRDO is REALLY HUGE! 30,000 employees!), while India usually manages to buy all retired MiG-29 as 2nd hand to scavenge parts… Read more »

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A good analysis. Syria is, of course, not “masochist” – that’s obviously adding insult to injury. Syria would like nothing more than defend against Israeli aggression, but they cannot. You know, they have a war on their hands right now. The attacks are of course illegal and Israel should be tried before an international tribunal. At some point, there will be pay-time.

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Ishaq Jude

The UN and International Tribunal can do nothing to stop the Zio-Criminals and their US Puppets. What we need is Hard Hitting on their face.

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What is needed is entering a genuine peace process…
You know, when the 100kg men talks, the 50kg men shut-up… That’s what you still don’t get. This is real politik, as it has always been.
Ever watched Roadrunner and Wil E. Coyote? I guarantee you you’re all acting like Wil E. Coyote : You’ve probably invented everything that was possible to destroy Israel and everything ended as an epic fail, then you go on again and over again and over again.

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What you Israelis need to do is to put the Golan back on the negotiation table and stop occupying it, and instead of using it as SRBM launch pads and sometimes a green kindergarten for Islamist militias fighting the secular Syrian government. That would indeed be a great start. Realpolitik is the opposite of what Nutty is doing by repeatedly adding insult to injury and claiming the land is to remain forever in Israeli hands. You don’t annex people’s best lands and then call them to negotiate. It does not work that way. Ditto Palestine. You want Syria to become… Read more »

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PS : FC-3 was too great a game for douches like you to quote them erroneously. Don’t taint beautiful art with your stupidity in the future, thank you. Insanity applies to Israeli government being totally unable to see that whenever they occupy too long, they are forced to give back. South Lebannon and the all-important Litani river, Gaza, Sinai. Sooner or later, the Golan and the West Bank will have to follow. With that said, Vaas is indeed a good incarnation of wacko bloodthirsty Bibi, good call on this one though, predictable and outright mad, that’s soooo much like him… Read more »

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I’ve seen this post before. They republished it.
The analysis doesn’t make much sense. Syria can actually track the Israeli warplanes but we are in a war. And the air force is busy in idlib.
https://southfront.org/why-s-300-in-syria-not-being-used-against-israeli-aircraft/
This post pretty much explains the whole thing. If the s300 wasn’t effective. Russia wouldn’t have sent it anyways.

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Russia just sent the S-300 to provide IFF able to recognise Russian aircraft as “friends”, thus avoiding a repeat of the Il-20M incident since S-200 can be networked to a S-300 system.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

The masochist wife to her husband….”hit me whenever you want but not on my face please”

Bello
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Bello

This article is funny piece, biase and economical with truth i hope nobody takes this s**t seriously.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

Sorry, but the analysis looks veere very close to reality. The masochist behavior of Syria is really pathetic.

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THOUSAND HANDS OF BUDDHA
Last Buddha dont show human, who else? If no more Buddha come after him.
Remember Alan Walker and his gang of all black cos Last Buddha didnot come alone.
(Seek DANNY WOO VK in QWANT for book of life, so you aware, why you need to keep a distance from Jews that targeted to destroy)