“Tehran expects Moscow to have a stronger response to the repeated Israeli attacks on Syria, and more attention to this point in the future,” said the Iranian Foreign Minister’s Senior Assistant for Special Political Affairs, Ali Asghar Khaji.
Khaji called on Russia not to be satisfied political positions regarding the repeated Israeli attacks on Syrian territory.
In an interview he conducted with local Iranian newspaper, Khaji said, “We expect more from our Russian friends than just issuing a statement because they are in Syria, and that the Zionist entity is invading and bombing from different angles, and it’s not acceptable for us to turn off all their devices and nothing happens”.
Commenting on a question about the measures taken by Syria and Iran to confront Israeli attacks, the Iranian diplomat said, “We’ve always warned the international community that Iran’s patience will finally end”.
Khaji adding, “I can easily say that we are not obligated to attack from the same place where Israel is attacking, but we know the ways to confront Israel, and the Israelis themselves are well aware of what we are capable of confronting them with”.
Last May, it was reported that work had stopped on the so-called “red line” between Russia and Israel which was established in order to prevent clashes between the two sides in Syria.
Russia suspended work on the red line with Israel, and later Israel recently failed to connect to the red line, and after several failed attempts, it requested clarification from its Russian ambassador, Anatoly Viktorov, who informed it that the line was down for technical reasons.
He pointed out that despite the implicit assurances of the Russian ambassador that there is no political or security decision behind closing the line, communication between the two sides has been cut off for more than three weeks.
Israel was forced to launch two strikes inside Syrian territory without returning to Moscow to inform, as was the case in past years, as Israel was informing the Russian army of the locations of its strikes in Syria several minutes before, which allowed Moscow to move and did not affect the effectiveness of the attacks.
Since the war in Ukraine, the differences between Russian and Israel have increased against the backdrop of the latter’s support for Ukraine and supplying it with weapons, in addition to its siding with the Western bloc led by Washington against Moscow.
In this context, the Israeli authorities have begun to take into account the possibility that there is a Russian response to its attacks in Syria, or even the Israeli fighter jets were exposed to Russian targeting while they were in the air.
The Israeli army changed the attack protocol, and now avoids direct bombing over Syrian territory and bombs from the direction of the sea or from the Syrian occupied Golan heights.
Israel also began adopting evasive methods by launching fake missiles to provoke the Syrian anti-aircraft missiles and then carry out the attack.
The Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to open the deconfliction line in 2015 to avoid any incidents between the two parties in Syria, and to avoid harming any Russian forces or equipment, and to connect the Russian Hmeimim military base in Latakia, Syria, with the command of staff of the Israeli army.
On September 13, Israel launched a double aggression against the governorates of Tartous and Hama, and the Syrian Defense Ministry stated that the aggression led to the martyrdom of two soldiers, the wounding of six others, and the occurrence of some material losses.
The Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported after Syria regained its seat in the Arab League on May 7, that the Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant recently conducted an assessment with the army commanders of the situation in Syria after the Arab steps, explaining that the Israeli assessment indicates until Syria regains its Arab position, it’s a bad development in the short and medium term, Because it makes any Israeli aggression less legitimate.
Yedioth Ahronoth confirmed that Israel has sent clear messages to the international community stating that Arab normalization with Syria won’t prevent it from continuing its attack on Syrian territory, and won’t affect Israeli actions.