Documentation of the neutralization of the cargo scene that was exposed in the Golan Heights, yesterday // Photo: IDF Spokesman
There is a price to pay for a sovereign state allowing militias to operate out of it, no matter if it is Iran or any other entity. Last night, the IDF attacked with great precision, and even hit the Syrian army directly. Moreover, the Israeli army echoes this message openly and openly, saying – “Do not get confused, Syria on target.”
The decision to attack Syrian forces is right. This is a calculated strategy of the decision makers, under the understanding that Assad, who is trying to recover from a bloody civil war, must understand that if he is interested in stability, he cannot allow the Iranians to hold their war pits in its territory. If he does not work – he will pay the price. And now, the ball is moving in his direction – is he interested in deteriorating the situation and taking risks, or will he turn to the Iranians and try to curb them?
But not only Assad is the address here, but also his patron – Russian President Vladimir Putin. It can be assumed that if there has not yet been a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Russian leader, it will take place in the coming hours. Putin also has a clear interest in stability in Syria, given the direct and massive efforts he made at the end of the war in the country. This is not the first time Putin has been required to bring order to the alliance between Iran and Syria, which allows the ayatollahs to conduct military operations from the Golan Heights.
And yet, let us not forget the key variable – the situation in the United States. Last night, it may be at this point that Putin is ready to take advantage of the weakness of the US administration that is in political chaos, and “on the road” to arm Syria with surface-to-air missile batteries. After all, money is what speaks.
Once again we can identify the powerful politics involved in regional politics, and all as a pharmacy. Tensions in the North are not expected to subside any time soon, unless incumbent US President Donald Trump decides he wants to demonstrate power, perhaps as a closing chord, perhaps as disagreement, with what is happening in our region. And Trump, as we know, is unpredictable.
The writer is a former commander of an armored brigade. He is currently a researcher on military-social relations and the author of the books “The Man in the Tank” and “Clear Direction”.