US CENTCOM Chief Makes "Secret And Unprecedented" Visit To Israel As Russia Mulls Arming Syria

Increasingly it appears that the recent US coalition missile strikes on Syria have utterly backfired: instead of weakening Syria or degrading its military capabilities, the attack may have actually served to strengthen Syria's defenses. 

Since the massive strike which involved the US, UK, and France launching over 100 cruise missiles, Russia is rumored to be moving forward on delivery of its advanced S-300 missile defense system, which would be a monumental upgrade allowing Syrian defenses to far surpass current capabilities which utilize the Soviet-made S-125 and S-200 air defense systems.

Crucially, S-300s have a range of up to 150-200 kilometers (or 120 miles), bringing Syrian deterrent reach easily to within Lebanese airspace (as Israel has routinely struck targets inside Syria while firing over "neutral" Lebanese airspace in recent years), and could even extend airspace coverage into Israel itself. 

Could this be the reason for some major behind-the-scenes diplomatic scrambling?

Undated file photo of S-300 air defense missiles launched at Ashuluk shooting range in southern Russia.

On Monday VOA News chief White House correspondent Steve Herman announced that US CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel is in the midst of "a secret and unprecedented visit to Israel."

Knowledge of the "secret" visit was based on exclusive footage broadcast by Israel's Kann News, which first reported, "the commander of the American Central Command arrived for the first time to Israel, and met with senior security officials, including the Chief of Staff."

No doubt the potential for what weapons experts have commonly described as the "exceptionally advanced" Russian-supplied S-300 in Israel's backyard is making Tel Aviv and its allies nervous. Israel has repeatedly called delivery of the S-300s a "red line" for which it would act, however, plans for just such a scenario could be hastening.

Early Monday morning Israel's Channel 10 senior diplomatic correspondent broke the following, subsequently confirmed in the Times of Israel and Reuters:

Russian newspaper Kommersant reports that Russia might deliver S-300 anti aircraft missiles to Syria in the very near future in order to defend Damascus & Strategic Syrian army bases from Israel & U.S. airstrikes.

Kommersant reported Russia will give the S-300 missiles to Syria for free from Russian army supplies as part of its military assistance to Syria. This way the delivery could be done very quickly.

Russian military sources said parts of the S-300 will be delivered soon to Syria via cargo planes or Russian navy ships. Until Syrian officers will be trained to operate the system it will be operated by Russian military experts in coordination with the Syrian army.

According to Kommersant Russia believes that delivering the system will stabilize the situation in Syria and deter Israel and the U.S. from continuing its airstrikes in Syria. Russian sources said that if Israel attacks the missiles the results would be catastrophic.

Though still being hotly debated and contested among analysts, Syria's over 30-year old current deterrent system appears to have performed well, likely stunning the West and neighboring Israel (which itself played a part in the coalition attack) as it reportedly shot down 71 of the 103 cruise missiles, according to official Russian and Syrian government sources. 

As we previously described, Pentagon officials have vehemently denied that their “nice and new and smart” cruise missiles were actually shot down, and Russia now further claims to be in possession of at least two non-detonated coalition missiles. Most Western media reports continue to assert that Syrian missile defense failed to shoot down a single inbound missile. Notably, the Pentagon has been careful in all statements to say Russia's S-300 system (currently present aboard Russian battleships in the Mediterranean) did not engage. 

However, there are other possibilities that the coalition's missiles simply failed in reaching their targets in some instances without intercept by Syrian defenses, or even that advanced Russian air defense Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) may have been in play. 

But one doesn't need to take the Russian Defense Ministry's word for it. It is entirely possible and even likely that Russian intercept claims are inflated, yet that there were a number of intercepts that night was also reported by several important outside sources, including by Syrian pro-rebel media, foremost being the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which has for years been a chief go-to source for all mainstream reporting on Syria (though ironically when SOHR contradicts the mainstream media, such as in this case, its numbers are ignored).

SOHR reported, based on "several intersected sources" on the ground, that "the number of missiles that were downed exceeded 65." That anti-Assad/anti-Russia pro-rebel SOHR is saying this is hugely significant, and is consistent with Russia's claim. 

But all of this will perhaps quickly become a moot point if Russia does indeed deliver the S-300 system to Syria after warning immediately on the heels of the US-led strike, that there would be consequences.

Graphic and Info Source: Jane's Strategic Weapons Systems via Graphic News

On the very morning after the US strike took place, Russia’s first deputy chief of staff, Sergei Rudskoi, said Russia would “reconsider” whether to supply the air defenses to Assad - an issue previously thought dead as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had reportedly successfully lobbied President Putin against the possibility in 2013. 

Netanyahu was quoted at the time as saying of the S-300 system, "We’ll destroy your missiles if you deliver them to Assad" - a warning which has recently been repeated in the form of an Israeli "red line". However, Russian military sources have this week been quoted in the Times of Israel as saying: if Israel tried to destroy the anti-aircraft batteries—as analysts have indicated Israel likely would—it would be “catastrophic for all sides.”

But on Monday, Reuters reported that no decision had been made on S-300 delivery to Syria, citing Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said, "We'll have to wait to see what specific decisions the Russian leadership and representatives of Syria will take." Lavrov added, "There is probably no secret about this and it can all be announced (if a decision is taken)."

However, given Israel's past history of "strike first" in Syria and negotiate later, we could witness missiles flying before any official announcement takes place. 

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King of Ruperts Land any_mouse Tue, 04/24/2018 - 01:21 Permalink

"massive strike"? I call it fly shit sized puny strike. Look at the damage to huge cities done by ordinary mortars, shells, and bombs and even AK riffles over the course of day in and day out actions over years of this war. The "super weapons" are just for show. Without boots on the ground you are not a player. You are a joke. No one listens to you or cares.

This is why it is all about a friendly land road from Iran to Israels border. If Transport trucks can safely drive from Iran to Israels border then there is no limit to the amount of High explosive accordance that can be rained down on Israel cities. Perhaps it can be wiped off the map.

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MK ULTRA Alpha Lost in translation Tue, 04/24/2018 - 08:06 Permalink

In Israel, there is an interesting plan. I read in Israeli media, they believe there are over 60 million people who are authorized to live in Israel. They have a right to return. I don't know if the famous 6 million number is used with exaggeration or what?

Israel now is calling Trump Cyrus, a Persian king who was famous for conquering Syria. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/trump-s-compared-to-persian-king-cy…

They plan on tearing down the Islamic temple to replace it with their temple. American Jews are pushing this plan.

We will be paying for the resettlement of millions of people who are waiting to live a good life at US expense. Kill off the Syrian Christians?, they stayed and now staff the Syrian army, kill them off and drive out Syrians and repopulate at US expense. The US military is completely brainwashed on this plan. Any serious challenge and a huge martial law system is activated which the Jews want, and from block to block nationwide is searched first with the lists and then continuing down to the last one who is considered an enemy because we don't support Israel.

(We pay for settlement now, this has been going on for the last 30 years.)

Considering the 3 billion barrels of oil under Golan which belongs to Syria, the natural gas fields belonging to Lebanon, and the over 2 million Syrian Christians, of which around 500K have been killed, one wonders what kind of country the US is?

The plan for a Greater Zion is in full swing. Trump is considered their dog. We see the face of an Americanized Jew Netanyahu, who worked robbing mom and pop America in the tech crash markets of the late 90's. (He actually worked with Romney crashing the market. If anyone remembers that market? We were bled Kosher.)

So we have a con man, controlling a man elected by the American people for America first not Israel first. We can see the Jews here in control of the media are pouring hot oil on Trump, the DOJ is controlled by Jews who put a collar on him, supported everyday by Jew media.

We now have Israel Command and a US Army base in Israel, helicopter carrier Iwo Jima in port, US Air Force commander relinquished control of his command to Israel and so on, $800 million emergence check cut for more weapons AD missiles for Israel. The number of US troops in Israel is not accurately reported, nor is the huge operations in Jordan being reported. There are more than the 2500 troops being reported in Israel. So this is driving public opinion in Israel that the balkenization of the Arabs is working and Trump will kill off the Syrians and help with planned invasion of Lebanon and the plan to steal both the Syrian oil and the Lebanon's gas fields. Trump is now the all or nothing Greater Zion puppet to steal the oil from the Arabs, a plan that started with the Black Hatters in Eastern Europe long before the creation of Israel.

The Americans are to wipe Syria off the map and next Iran, or both at the same time for Israel. Can we say, the US policy and it's entire government and people are Israel first and America is to die. Has anyone looked at the debt and the deficits being run on all this, even the White Helmets of Syria are paid mercenaries of the Americans, it's nearly $400 million for the White Helmets and their made for TV dramas.

Russia needs to educate the west about Genie oil company and their plans. But Russia has a hands off policy concerning Israel because of the over 20% of Israel's population is from Russia. I guess? (How about Red Shield, even one of the Red Shield clan in on the board of directors of Genie oil, government people, Cheney etc on the board of this oil company pushing the kill of Syria for oil.)

I can't wait for the Jews to pull the plug on the stock and bond market bleeding their chickens called Americans, I believe this will be the last needed bleeding to take complete control of America to begin the kill off. The penalty for not believing and obeying these people called Jews will be death.

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MK ULTRA Alpha MK ULTRA Alpha Tue, 04/24/2018 - 08:27 Permalink

Have one weapon in your house to give to the police, have another weapon greased in an air tight container in the woods. As anyone can see, what we are seeing is not in the American people's interest. Not now when we have so many problems.

The Jews are working to stir the American people up, US media is just as bad as ISIS media at radicalizing the Americans.

DNC has gone full communist, they demand a race war so the communist can begin the kill off.

The Jews are working both sides of the equation, and believe me, no one would be able to explain to the Christians, even though they have much less participation, they've spawned a culture with the lower socioeconomic classes, which the Jews made sure from their actions they lost and lost, these people were pushed lower and lower, now it's they're lower than ethnic peoples, so they work for the Jews. Isn't that stupid, the Jews roil and roil the economy pushing money to the top and these people believe the Jews are good? They're brainwashed by the TV.

They always say, "Bless Israel or we're doomed" meaning the Jews help keep the blacks down, so we must support the Jews. It's an old culture that is dying out but the Jews can still use them. They represent around 25 million people.

They're the main body of the Trump movement. Jew media works to make sure the nation is divided on every possible divide.

The other Trump supporters were economic minded, wanting an American First over Israel First. Considering the pressure Trump is under from the Jews and now the Christian right, we should resolve ourselves to a greater war in Syria. We can see this by the secret pentagon plans driven by the Jew controlled National Defense Authorization Acts, an annual book of the military budget with martial law and world domination plans. We're bankrupt and this continues?

We agreed with the Mathis drama of more money for defense, to build new ships and all that, not to finance a war in the Middle East so more Jews can be settled in Greater Zion at our expense and the stealing of hydrocarbons from these nations we kill.

Killing for the Jews everywhere, and the whole world knows, but do Americans know? yes, the lower class whites, around 25 million who want to see people of color killed off no matter where, that is your America.

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attah-boy-Luther MK ULTRA Alpha Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:02 Permalink

the present joo-sa can thank juan hagee and his miga preaching over the last 40 years.

He is not the only one but the leader/conductor of the 'gawds chosen people' sermons.

So thanks to his false doctrine and the 20+% of CONgress being dual citizens; muricahn and covert khazarian  this country only has one trajectory to its final path of evil-lewd-shun.

Red pilling one's social network of co-workers and friends brings a great price. Sometimes it has taken decades for even one or two of them to admit you have been correct all along.

It will get more difficult to break anyone free from this mass media programming as 5G technology comes on line.

lucky me I have no spare anything for anyone to con-fist-cayt.

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MK ULTRA Alpha attah-boy-Luther Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:29 Permalink

You're correct about Hagee, but it goes back much further. This is a sophisticated killing species, they came from a cannibal empire.

Hagee is a product of this, not the origin.

When humans are killed off, they're feeding their god a snake.

The word Satan in the ancient world was snake. People were invaded by a species which was closer to reptile than human. Two species evolved, human and one which had been eating humans since the beginning, that is the reason the Jews do what they do. There are over 124 different Jews.

I've tried to write well enough for more to see, but you're doing a good job of seeing without the extra history.

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secretargentman DownWithYogaPants Tue, 04/24/2018 - 08:37 Permalink

The Israelis have certainly capitalized on the Dispensationalist garbage coming out of the American church. Once I realized what a stretch that interpretation of scripture was, and learned what the Church *actually* taught for millenia, well the pieces just fell into place. The modern state of "Israel" has no theological or eschatological significance whatsoever.   

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Count Cherep secretargentman Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:49 Permalink

There is no evidence of "ancient Israel" either:

Fables of Ancient Israel Now Being Dissected

Excerpt:

Be ready for a major upsetting of the apple cart. Unknown to almost all laymen, a huge number of scholars have quietly come together agreeing on a historical fact that will overturn the entirety of “court history” when all the facts they have gathered become widely known. They agree that the various tales of “ancient Israel” are largely fictional...

Read the rest:
http://barnesreview.org/pdf/TBR2007-no3-4-16.pdf

No More Myths

http://kennysideshow.blogspot.ca/2012/10/no-more-myths.html

 

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Count Cherep Lost in translation Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:23 Permalink

Some researchers have hypothesized that the worship of Yahweh was the worship of Moloch under a different name, due to the similarities:

Human Sacrifice to Yahweh

Leviticus 27

New International Version (NIV)

28 “‘But nothing that a person owns and devotes[k] to the LORD—whether a human being or an animal or family land—may be sold or redeemed; everything so devoted is most holy to the LORD.

29 “‘No person devoted to destruction[l] may be ransomed; they are to be put to death.

King James Version:

28 Notwithstanding no devoted thing, that a man shall devote unto the LORD of all that he hath, both of man and beast, and of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy unto the LORD.

29 None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death.
http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/lev/27.html

Leviticus 7

35 This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron, and of the anointing of his sons, out of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, in the day when he presented them to minister unto the LORD in the priest’s office;

36 Which the LORD commanded to be given them of the children of Israel, in the day that he anointed them, by a statute for ever throughout their generations.

37 This is the law of the burnt offering, of the meat offering, and of the sin offering, and of the trespass offering, and of the consecrations, and of the sacrifice of the peace offerings;

38 Which the LORD commanded Moses in mount Sinai, in the day that he commanded the children of Israel to offer their oblations unto the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai.

More jewish agitprop from the “Good Book”:

Deuteronomy 20:13-14
King James Version (KJV)

13 And when the LORD thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:

14 But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.

1 Chronicles 20:3
King James Version (KJV)

3 And he brought out the people that were in it, and cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes. Even so dealt David with all the cities of the children of Ammon. And David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

Psalm 137:9
King James Version (KJV)

9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

That’s our little ones the jew is writing about, in case you haven’t figured it out yet…

The Jew-Book is full of depravity like this, and yet we are told that it is the word of an all-wise and benevolent deity. We of the West are told that this book written by Oriental savages should be the foundation of our morality. What an inversion of values!

“The mass of people who are Bible-taught never get free from the erroneous impressions stamped on their minds in their infancy, so that their manhood or womanhood can have no intellectual fulfillment, and millions of them only attain mentally to a sort of second childhood”
– Gerald Massey 

No More Myths

http://kennysideshow.blogspot.ca/2012/10/no-more-myths.html

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LaugherNYC cancer Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:06 Permalink

Leave it to a Russian anti Semite troll to argue semantics when Iranian leaders and military have been publicly calling for the eradication of Israel for decades, in every conceivable turn of phrase.

There is this thing called the internet that has this other thing called “information” on it so you can verify facts. Ahmadinejhad’s OWN WEBSITE had the quote on it for almost 6 years. The “elite” guard’s headquarters had the phrase IN ENGLISH posted on a billboard outside its headquarters for years. There have been too many instances of Iranian leaders, secular, military and religious calling for the destruction of Israel and the Jews to count.

Here is a nice old summary fact check for you, Joo hater:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/did-ahmadinejad-…

If I say I want to wipe you from the pages of history, what does that mean? If I say I want to remove the tumor that you are on the body of the world (especially, you, cancer) what exactly does that mean?

Leave it to a lying sack of hateful shit to turn the genocidal rantings of the sick corrupt regime that is Iran into something else. Now, show me the quotes from Israelis and Joos calling for the eradication of Islam? Of ANY Arab country? The best you can get is that “Israel will defend herself.” D-E-F-E-N-D. Stop attacking Israel, stop firing missiles at her people, stop invading her, and you will live at peace with Israel. Stop PRETENDING that Israel is the problem to deflect and deter the masses from their true enemy - the corrupt tyrants who subjugate their people in their bloodthirsty lust for eternal power. Allow the people of Iran to live free, and they will sue for peace with Israel. Even after generations of lies and hate, theIranian people know the truth. Modernity, freedom, peace and prosperity are the siren calls of humanity. Hate bile and lies are the dismal wail of the scum and filth that drive ever backward into the depths of despair and misery.

My peace be upon you. May the countenance of Allah shine upon you and teach you the ways of peace, and to renounce the ways of hatred and death. Come into the light, brother. Give up the trolling and get a damn JOB, and you will know the happiness that security brings.

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Offthebeach ClickNLook Tue, 04/24/2018 - 07:06 Permalink

You can't sell expensive crap that doesn't work, except to turd world shitholes and people whom the west won't sell too.  That's Russia's customer base.  The west, the US, has been flying through Soviet/Russian missle air defense for 70 years, at will.  Russia puts S-300 in Assad's hands, bye bye income stream. 

And anyways,  they'll have to give him them, ouch, and it will take a couple of years to learn it, Isralies  and the  west will suck up/library all the emissions .  Maybe buy one covertly from Assad.  Then bye bye.

I don't think the Russians can afford it( giving S-300's).  

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thisandthat Offthebeach Tue, 04/24/2018 - 17:52 Permalink

Yeah, you should try it, yourself; if you can...

Try this for a primer:

If they're such "crap that doesn't work", why would isreal be so up in arms against it — specially as even the most recent variants are already decades old, and israel has shiny, nice and new and smart f35s, that are obviously the best thing ever, sliced bread included...?

Yeah, reading comprehension, alright!...

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zebra77a musimann Tue, 04/24/2018 - 00:55 Permalink

Houthis rebels have apparently taken over 18 Saudi Oil Tankers and have them rigged and hostage...

People are not thinking.. If these super-tankers are deliberately sunk in the Strait of Hormuz sealing in 45% of world production -  they will rout cheap world oil for up to 5 years. It will force oil consumption to come from the new Golan Heights superfields which are under Israeli control - or soon to be. Israel would become one of the worlds largest suppliers as Syria remains geographically blocked by Russia.

Russia would then invade Turkey to prevent any of this oil from being pipelined through.

Oil to $150 6 month UCO Call contracts will go up 500 fold.

Every nation on earth will have no choice but  to move their miltiaries en force against Syria and Russia to get access to this last remaining deposits to ship out of Syria - or invade Israel. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and UAE deposits would be cut off for years until the sunk tankers can be cut up or a new pipeline built..

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