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Feb 13, 2018

Israel ushers in a dangerous new era with attacks on Iran

This is about much more than a downed jet.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

Israel has entered a dangerous new stage with its attacks on military targets in Syria following the downing of an Israeli F-16 jet on the weekend. It has been more than 50 years since Israel has lost a jet in combat, but the continued attacks reflect more than just revenge for the jet’s loss.

Israel has engaged in reported attacks -- said to be more than 100 -- on weapons shipments to Hezbollah in Syria over the past couple of years. The Lebanon-based, Iranian-allied Hezbollah has been critical in supporting the faltering Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.

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5 thoughts on “Israel ushers in a dangerous new era with attacks on Iran

  1. James O'Neill

    Does it ever cross your mind that the 100 or so reported attacks by Israel inside Syria are all contrary to international Law. Or that the Golan Heights that Israel has occupied since 1967 is actually sovereign Syrian territory.? Or that Iran, like Russia, in fighting IS in Syria at the request of the Syrian government and therefore entitled to be there? Or that Israel has waged a propaganda war against Iran since 1979 (and asymmetrical warfare as well)? Or that Israel treats wounded IS fighters in its military hospitals? Does it strike you as curious that Israel has never been attacked by IS?
    Just asking.

  2. [email protected]

    Aircraft are easily replaced. The US will happily provide Israel with as many F16 replacements as it needs.

    I bet those new Iranian widows and orphans and the many more that will follow are very happy with their government’s actions.

  3. Peter Schulz

    Hmmmm. Poor little Israel attacks its neighbours (again!). I didn’t see this anywhere in the mainstream media. Imagine if Iran had attacked Israel – we would have well and truly heard about it because it would have started WW3.

  4. old greybearded one

    Iran has not stolen the land of its neighbours and its only venture outside its borders was against Iraq. A consequence of the US blundering is that Iran is free of Iraqi interference. Still we forget that it is our supposed ally Turkey who was the conduit for foreign IS fighters into Syria and the Saudis who funded their guns. However, James O’Neill should know that Israel can never break international law, because it is Israel. It can promote murder in refugee camps in Lebanon, it can steal more and more land from its rightful owners, in can run an apartheid state. It can even have our citizens fight in its army as far as I can tell, without sanction.

  5. AR

    I feel so sorry for Kingsbury’s student, if any.
    How does he still have tenure or a slot in Crikey?
    Is there a Hunch Krapola deal of which we subscribers are unaware?

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