Israel again threatens to destroy the Russian S-300 in Syria
Despite the fact that in Russia the story of the S-300, which seems to have had to close the Western part of the Syrian sky from the IDF, forgotten in Israel about it quite often remember. For example, the other day an interview with the local media gave major General Joel Strick, commander of the Northern military district. Recently, he had a lot of work in Lebanon — during the election race Benjamin Netanyahu used the fight against Hezbollah as a means of improving the rating. In any case, such accusations have been made in the media. And now Strick was talking mostly about it, plus it had been two years since he was appointed the commander of the Northern military district. He summed up the results as soon, as it is reported, he will be dismissed.
As is usually the case with Israelis, Strick spoke of the Hezbollah problem as one of the main problems of the Jewish state. He noted, however, that it was a mistake to separate Hezbollah from Lebanon since Hezbollah was an official part of the political system of that Republic. In General, all in this spirit. But the main idea can be called a compulsory statement about the future victory over threat «from the North», that is, we are all about the same to Hezbollah.
Further, the General had shifted to Syria. He praised the actions of the IDF in the fight against the Iranian presence in the southern part of the SAR. According to him, it is thanks to the actions of the Israeli military Iranians managed to push away from the border. It is commendable, but for some reason, no one says anything about Netanyahu’s regular trips to Moscow with requests to influence Tehran. It is hard to believe that without pressure from the Kremlin, the Persians would have decided to reduce their presence in certain areas. Oh well. Much more interesting is the position of Strick on the issue of our S-300, set in the SAR. Israeli General on the question of the journalist about whether Tel Aviv will be limited in Syria after the Syrians finally begin to fully exploit the S-300, said that he sees no serious problems in this. According to him, when the S-300 finally come under full control of the Syrians, Israel will introduce the necessary areas of advanced technology. At the same time, it reminds Strick, the Jewish state has a great air force. He further stated that he would not disclose all the cards, but can assure everyone that if Damascus uses the S-300 against the IDF, the Russian SAM will be destroyed. When asked whether this will worsen Russian-Israeli relations, the General replied that it is likely to worsen. At the same time, he calls the destruction of the S-300 a legal step.
Russian military expert Alexei Leonov believes that this is nothing like propaganda.
— For example, the Israelis brought a commercial to Bangalore for a military exhibition, where his weapon destroys the s-300 antenna. This is targeted propaganda. As for the S-300, I can say that in Israel they do not even know how they work now. They, of course, went to study the SAM data to Ukraine and Cyprus, but it basically does not give them anything. The complexes delivered to these countries were among the first. Since then, there have been many changes. In General, our systems now are created to be very quick to upgrade, to quickly change settings. In fact, modular modernization — pulled one module, put another, and got all ready to consider another complex. Constantly changing the antenna of the rocket. Yes, this is another complex, even the index is different. So it’s all just propaganda. Perhaps the Israelis are so dismissive not to our technologies, but to the Syrians who will work with them?
— Yes, it’s very likely. I think that after the Israelis managed to destroy the «Shells» twice, this kind of thoughts could not help but creep into their heads. There are questions to the Syrian calculations. It seemed to me that after the first destroyed «Shell» conclusions Syrians were made, but it turned out that no. That’s what Israel hopes — they say, the Syrians are narrow-minded, nothing can be done and they can be provoked in every way. For example, recall the incident with the Il-20, when Israel deliberately provoked the Syrians. This is what the Israelis are trying to play — they hope for a lack of discipline, a lack of experience. I hope that as a result, they can destroy the s-300. And in order for this to become a resounding success, they are already preparing the ground — everyone is talking about it, and present it as almost an event that has already happened. And if they still manage to take advantage of the Syrians ‘ unprofessionalism and achieve the goal, it will be presented to the whole world as a great achievement. But here it is necessary to perceive it not as the opposition of equipment and equipment, and as the opposition of the person and the person. If the S-300 will be well-trained people, almost any goal will be shot down. And if there are people who have passed short courses and do not really understand anything, then you should not expect great efficiency from the S-300 with such personnel.