Israel Threatens To Bomb Assad's Presidential Palace

More information has emerged from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's meeting with President Putin last week. The two met in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi on August 23rd to discuss recent developments in Syria. According to new shocking reports in both Arab and Israeli media, a senior Israeli official accompanying Netanyahu on the trip threatened to assassinate Syrian President Assad by bombing his palace in Damascus, while further adding that Israel will seek to derail the US-Russia brokered de-escalation deal reached in Astana, Kazakhstan earlier this summer.

According to the Jerusalem Post:

A senior Israeli official warned the Russian government that if Iran continues to extend its reach in Syria, Israel will bomb Syrian President Bashar Assad's palace in Damascus, according to reports in Arab media.


Israel also warned that if serious changes do not happen in the region, Israel will make sure the ceasefire deal, reached by the United States and Russia in Astana, Kazakhstan, will be nullified.


A senior Israeli source told the Al-Jadida newspaper that no understanding was reached between the Israelis and the Russians. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did, however, make it clear to Putin that its concerns must be met or Israel will be forced to act.


The warnings occurred in a meeting between Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin last week.

As we noted at the time, Netanyahu's brazen words to Putin that 'preventative' escalation in Syria to destroy what Israeli defense officials commonly call the "Iranian land bridge" (or the so-called 'Shia crescent') reveals increased desperation as even the West is now seeming to ignore Netanyahu's repeatedly declared "red lines". While Netanyahu's public statements in Sochi were provocative enough - openly threatening direct military escalation in Syria should his demand for Iranian forces withdrawal not be met - the newly revealed threat of assassinating the sitting head of a sovereign U.N. member state takes the war of words to a whole new level.

The Israeli Prime Minister also shared intelligence with Putin which purports to reveal Iranian plans for long-term presence in Syria. It appears Netanyahu is now making his case before world media, with new BBC and other international headlines reading, "Iran building missile factories in Syria and Lebanon: Netanyahu".

The Jerusalem Post details exactly which officials accompanied Netanyahu in Russia:

The prime minister, accompanied by Mossad head Yossi Cohen, the newly appointed head of the National Security Council, Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Likud minister Ze'ev Elkin who served as his translator, flew to Sochi on the Black Sea for the meeting, returning to Israel shortly after it ended.

We further explained that Israel has long been at open war with Syria, in spite of the fact that both Israeli officials and international media rarely acknowledge it. In 2013 Israel launched a massive missile attack against a Syrian defense technology facility in Jamraya outside of Damascus. And yet more brazen was the 2016 attack targeting Damascus International Airport, which killed a well-known Hezbollah commander. In a significant admission earlier this month, the head of Israel's air force acknowledged nearly one hundred IDF attacks on convoys inside Syria over the course of the past 5 years.

Netanyahu himself was recently caught on a hot mic bragging that Israel had struck Syrian targets at least "a dozen times". And this is to say nothing of Israel's covert support to al-Qaeda linked groups in Syria's south, which has reportedly involved weapons transfers and treatment of wounded jihadists in Israeli hospitals, the latter which was widely promoted in photo ops involving Netanyahu himself. As even former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell once directly told the Israeli public, Israel's "dangerous game" in Syria consists in getting in bed with al-Qaeda in order to fight Shia Iran.

Assad's presidential office building - New Shaab Palace - sits above central Damascus. Image source: Flickr/Nawar-2012

While Israel has for years played more of a quiet 'long game' in Syria outside the media spotlight: providing tacit support to al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria along its Golan border (in Netanyahu's words to Putin: Israel prefers the "Sunni sphere" over "bringing in Shi'ites" which reflects a disturbing widely held view among Israeli officials that ISIS is the 'lesser evil') as well semi-regularly bombing select targets, its increased willingness to loudly and unreservedly voice its intentions to the world is the result new realities it appears unprepared to accept.

What new realities in the region are now pushing Israeli officials to incautiously leak threats of Assad's assassination to the Arab press?

First, the Syrian government and its allies Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah are winning the war. In Israel's thinking the Astana agreement potentially means Iranian presence will now be backed by Russian air power. It also appears that in the United States' backing of 'de-escalation zones' which necessarily involves Iranian enforcement, the US is giving tacit approval to Iranian troop presence in Syria. This is Israel's worst nightmare: it invested so heavily in toppling Assad in the first place in order to roll back what it claims is 'Iranian and pro-Shia expansion' in the region.

Secondly, the US has essentially signaled to Israel: you are on your own when it comes to Syria policy. Trump shut down the CIA program to topple Assad - a program which had the assistance of Israeli intelligence. Other world leaders like France's Macron have further stated that Assad is here to say for the near future.

Third, Hezbollah has just finished wiping up ISIS on the Lebanese-Syrian border and now appears more confident than ever. Israel went all in with the Sunni insurgency fighting Assad as that insurgency also threatened the existence of Hezbollah, which Israeli defense officials understand to be the most formidable foe right across Israel's border. On Monday Hezbollah General Secretary Hassan Nasrallah declared August 28 as Lebanon's "Second Day of Liberation" in a televised address celebrating Lebanon's military victory over ISIS in the country's northeast. As we reported recently, it's an 'open secret' that US special forces advisers are indirectly coordinating with Hezbollah through the Lebanese Army, though politically sensitive as Lebanon depends heavily on US military aid.

And finally, Israel senses that international opinion is shifting quickly now that ISIS is rapidly folding. It knows that world opinion will not stomach another Iraq style invasion for regime change in the Middle East. And yet such a prospect of regime change in Syria is now all the more difficult as Russian air defenses are so deeply entrenched. Israel now finds itself isolated and Netanyahu's brazenness stems from this realization. His screams grow louder from a position of weakness.

Now, the only question that remains is: on the remote chance that Israel does escalate militarily in Syria, what will Russia let it get away with?


Paul Kersey WTFRLY Tue, 08/29/2017 - 09:07 Permalink

While many of the Middle East wars can be blamed on Israel, the fight in Syria isn't one of them. There are bigger powers at play.

"THE Syrian war often seems like a big confusing mess but one factor that is not often mentioned could be the key to unlocking the conflict.
Some experts have pointed out that many of the key players have one thing in common: a billion-dollar gas pipeline.

Factor in this detail and suddenly the war begins to make more sense, here’s how it works:

Many have questioned why Russia became involved in the Syrian war but often overlook the fight over natural gas.

As Harvard Professor Mitchell A Orenstein and George Romer wrote last month inForeign Affairs, Russia currently supplies Europe with a quarter of the gas it uses for heating, cooking, fuel and other activities.

In fact 80 per cent of the gas that Russian state-controlled company Gazprom produces is sold to Europe, so maintaining this crucial market is very important.
But Europe doesn’t like being so reliant on Russia for fuel and has been trying to reduce its dependence. It’s a move that is supported by the United States as it would weaken Russian influence over Europe.

This has not gone down well with Russia, which uses its power over gas as political leverage and has a history of cutting off supply to countries during conflicts. It has even gone to war in Georgia and Ukraine to disrupt plans to export gas from other parts of the Middle East."

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Manthong Honey-Badger (not verified) Tue, 08/29/2017 - 09:16 Permalink

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I used to be an unabashed Israel supporter until I connected a bunch of dots. Bibi better be wary… A lot of other Americans are connecting those same dots.

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Veritas X- Manthong Tue, 08/29/2017 - 09:32 Permalink

...worth doin' a 2x-doulbe>>>>"Obliterate! bb!! NOW!!! If you guys haven't figured it out yet... is evil personified. The Mastermind-of-911. If you haven't seen his 350-ton TNT bomb statement ON VIDEO HERE: HE KNEW!!!!! >>>>>>>>> *Netanyahu, perhaps realizing he’d disclosed too much, elaborated:  Now it wasn’t a nuclear bomb, it was a 350-ton conventional bomb. Here is the clip. The remarks begin at the 1:21 mark: Benjamin Netanyahu interview, NBC, 9/13, 16:29 >>>> James Perloff, with a 'jewish' father & 1-hell-of a wonderful Man is sourced for my fellow ZH-readers here: Read it & Spread the TRUTH! X-"

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PrayingMantis Veritas X- Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:11 Permalink

... "... A senior Israeli official warned the Russian government that if Iran continues to extend its reach in Syria, Israel will bomb Syrian President Bashar Assad's palace in Damascus, ... "

... hey Nut&yahoo, why not go after Iran ?

... oh shit, yeah, I forgot ... Syria has no nuclear toys to retaliate, while Iran has plenty of nukes that could easily wipe out your western-gifted territories taken from the Palestinians ... /s

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Captain Chlamydia Kotzbomber747 (not verified) Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:14 Permalink… demolishes a Palistinian school for children....Or: how to create more Jew-hating Arabs for the future - DIYJub El-Thib (CNN)Jana Zawahra sits outside a large tent, sobbing to herself on the ground where her school once stood.The brand-new building, paid for by the European Union, was constructed just three weeks ago. Now, little more than the concrete floor and an outhouse remain."It doesn't look nice anymore, it's ugly," the eight-year-old says, devastated at the loss of her classroom at Jub El-Thib, east of Bethlehem.

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Akzed BandGap Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:03 Permalink

Nothing happening today has any bearing on biblical prophecy. The timeframe for the fulfillment of prophecy is set by Rev. 1:1-3, and other passages. The "end time" referred to in the New Testament is the last days of apostate Jerusalem, besieged and sacked by Rome in AD 70.

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Herd Redirecti… Honey-Badger (not verified) Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:08 Permalink

I feel now is a good time to express truly deepfelt and unconditional love for my fellow ZHers.I brought some of my knowledge here, but so did 1000s of others and we are all better for it.The Israelis don't prefer the 'Sunni sphere', they promote the spread of WAHHABISM, because it is the ideology of their CLOSE ALLY, Saudi Arabia.  And the House of Saud and Wahhabism BOTH have crypto-Jewish origins. Adopting Zionism as ideology means seeing the ENTIRE WORLD as Eretz Israel. How much you guys want to bet that when the secret comes out about how ISIS was created, there will be cries of "But they went rogue on us!  We swear!"

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Deathrips Herd Redirecti… Wed, 08/30/2017 - 00:03 Permalink

Iron Sharpens Iron! I share your feeling for the group and want to thank your contributions. Have seen you around for years.I agree with your assesment of what they are creating and the goulag that awaits any threat to them. I am not religious. I try to be a good neighbor and respect individual rights of others I meet. From my perception. The Saudis and Israel were borne of the same cloth... british zionist money and before that called other names Pharos Pharasees. Anyone know pharicism ethnicity? In the present Fiat money and the labor of the people stored in dollars and debt at interest. Through the infiltration and participation within the imperialists have conquered what they could not through the crusades with european peasants swords and blood...the moneychangers have conquered most of the middle east...and a majority of the rest of the planet. And american citizens paid for it so did a lot of other peasants without a printing press and credit card. I believe that the Saudis are Donmeh and are controlled opposition. You said it crypto controlled opposition. Look into donmeh and the armenian genocide. Remember..They crucify people who believe in jesus principles described in the 10 commandments and with a smile first, then they get the others. If you take the whigs and lampshades off these fuckers they look similar.  From those that bore false witness to the disregard of collateral allowing the country to be stolen intentionally from the top. The federal reserves private shareholders are deeply seeded in israel, crown of england and vatican. There are others these are the main principles and they are all zionists supremacists. They intentionally confuse many good people. The royal crown is the largest land owner on earth...that wasnt enough. The world was not enough, now they tax through inflation masked by fancy derivitives fractionalized trading algos with only the peoples labor as collateral. Creating neoserfs in the neofuedalist reality they created. Middle east and oded yinion plan are to take the last of opposition to dominace.Bob Marley sang about it. After all he was an iron lion in zion. Died of toe cancer My solution is to use the things i have and the more value i will create to build real tangible value that is not fiat dependent. Farming is fun. Water is fun. Electricity is fun. Community is fun.  It is more than probable based on history that eventually someones hand will want in on the dinner plate..but i figure if its not in a bank. They have to run me over first to get it.Ill be having some fun in the meantime.Good to spread some info. Cheers. RIPS 

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Tallest Skil Paul Kersey Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:13 Permalink

While many of the Middle East wars can be blamed on Israel, the fight in Syria isn't one of them.Oded Yinon Plan. Your shilling doesn't work here. Kill yourself.There are are bigger powers at play.There is no bigger power.IT’S THE GAS, STUPIDIt's the Oded Yinon Plan, stupid.It’s a move that is supported by the United StatesIt's not, in fact. We don't give a flying fuck. I'll say it again: WE DON'T GIVE A FLYING FUCK. Our government, ruled by Israel, does.

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veritas semper… Tallest Skil Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:53 Permalink

yes. You're right.It's even represented by their flag:Babylon is approximately same land area as Eretz Israel ,the one between the two rivers(Nile and Euphrates) as symbolized by the two blue strips on their flag. With the star of Remphan in the center,the 666 sign.See how all this was coming together?Only to be interrupted by the coalition of courage and resistance :Russia,Syria,Iran and Hezbollah . No wonder BB is furious. His plans in Syria collapsed. And in his frustation,he's revealing his true face,the one of a monster. And this is our :friend and best ally" and "only democracy in the ME". Behold Israel!Let him try and the  little shitty criminal apartheid state that occupies palestine will be wiped out  after this.

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Akzed veritas semper… Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:10 Permalink

You have taken up the tabernacle of Molek    and the star of your god Rephan,    the idols you made to worship.Therefore I will send you into exile’ beyond Babylon. -Acts 7:43 (quoting Amos 5:25-27For pointing out the Jews' affinity for the Star of Rephan, St. Stephen was murdered on the spot.Christians who are pro-"Israel" have no clue what evil they support.

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Itinerant Paul Kersey Tue, 08/29/2017 - 13:02 Permalink

big confusing mess

If you brush up on your colonial history and the broken promises, the constant interference of the British and the CIA (&French bombing Damascus in 1925), continual regime change, the protection of the Persian Gulf monarchic dictatorships, CIA grooming of jihadi fundamentalism, etc., a lot of the mess is less than confusing. Turns out Israel would rather see the myriad ethnic, linguistic, and religious communities (including the cradle of Christianity, where they still know Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke) wiped off the map after persevering for more than 2000 years. Good thing modern people are not blood thirsty and all humanitarian with human rights and such, unlike all those in the ignorant past that engaged in tribal and religious warfare.

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HardAssets N2OJoe Tue, 08/29/2017 - 09:28 Permalink

Secular leaders do reasonable things like build their economy and national defense capabilities. Crazy mad men bring instability and medieval backwardness. One of these is a threat to those ambitions which pursue an expanded greater Israel, the other is not.

The Russkies have completely changed the ME landscape. There are undoubtedly those who would like to see the U.S. entangled in a war with Russia for this reason.

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War and Fleece N2OJoe Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:12 Permalink

Assad doesnt have the central bank. Neither does NK. Neither does Iran. Anyone notice the nations of issue are also the ones who refuse to have their asshole railed by central banking cabal?Chalk it up to fundamentalism, but the issue is about money. Not preference of belief structure. This nonsense is scripted. Whoever wrote it is a fuck head to boot. God save those pitiful souls who don't know who is destroying the world now.

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11b40 Newsboy Tue, 08/29/2017 - 09:05 Permalink

What Putin should do is beef up the missile batteries all along the Syrian border and shoot down every Israeli plane that crosses the line.  It would not take long for the message to be heard, and what could the Israelis say?  No country has the right to send it's air force over another countries air space.

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Conscious Reviver 11b40 Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:48 Permalink

Re.  What Russua should do.Here's the Russian response.Russia creates unified air defense system in Syria… goodness for President Putin.Saddam Husein was blocking this Shia land-bridge that BiBi the 9/11 mass murdering sleaze bag is all upset about. There was no Iranian presence in Syria until BiBi and (((friends))) insisted on destroying Saddam. Obviously zino-chosenites are not so sharp after all.

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Herd Redirecti… Mr Twitch Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:16 Permalink

After Holodomor and Armenian Genocide, the Zionists probably thought it was going pretty well for them.Then they pulled of the infiltration of the American 'education' system and indoctrinated an entire generation, more or less, with inverted values.  Now though they must realize they tried too much too fast, and people caught on.  Bigly.

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