Syria Seeks Super-Weapons Deal as Russia Shops 'Intimate Ties' with Israeli R&D
The Word Unheard out of Jerusalem is that Syria is looking for new arms deals from Russia and Israel feels betrayed by their new ‘partners’ in technology research.
“Israel is fearing a double-cross by Moscow on arms deals that could make Syria a more serious strategic missile threat to the Jewish state, reports Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.”
Double cross? How? The details can easily slip by the casual reader. It is not the sale of weapons in and of itself.
“Israel's main concerns are not so much about the sale of modern weapon systems to replace aging equipment in the Syrian military, but rather about Israeli technology incorporated in these systems offered by the Russians to their military hardware clientele.”
The casual reader would naturally conclude that the Israeli technology involved has Israel feeling betrayed. It is not even the technology. But the alert reader continues and extracts the true source of angst from the next, somewhat subtle paragraph:
“A source in Jerusalem told G2 Bulletin Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, observing with some suspicion Assad's plan to visit the Kremlin, became truly alarmed as intelligence reports accumulated showing Russia is not only interested in selling hardware to the Syrians, but that it was using as bait supposedly secretive growing technological and scientific ties with Israel.” (Emphasis added)
What exactly does the Russians’ shopping of ties with Israel to seal the sale mean?
Simple: Espionage and the outright betrayal of whatever trust was embodied by those very ties. The Russians are shopping futures in the Israeli information market.
“One report reveals the Russians had offered similar proposals to the Iranians and by doing so were blatantly breaching one by one understandings and agreements achieved with Israel over the past five years.”
For whatever Israel imagined it stood to gain from such ties and cooperation in such sensitive areas, surely Israel had to suspect that when one chooses desperate bedfellows (in this case economically desperate), those bedfellows can naturally be expected to act desperately in the future without regard for agreements or paper.
How could one not observe this from the outside without scratching their head saying, “Well, what did you expect?”
Precisely who (primarily) armed Syria and the rest of Israel’s aggressors? Are not the fighting militaries of Israel’s two most aggressive sworn enemy states not indeed primarily armed with Russian equipment already?
That Israel entered into any sensitive joint research with the suppliers of their own enemies is stupefying.
A story comes to mind of a man walking through the woods one winter. He comes a cross a rattlesnake lying on the ground, frozen stiff. The man picks up the snake and takes him in, thinking how grateful the snake will be. “Can you imagine,” he thought, “a rattlesnake for a friend?”
Slowly he warms the snake by the fireplace, and gradually the snake weakly comes to. The man takes great care and makes sure the snake has fresh water, food and a comfortable place to heal.
In a few days, the snake is alert and healthy, much to the satisfaction of the man. Happy for the snake and self-assured by his own compassion, he reaches down to pet his newfound friend when suddenly the snake strikes and bites his hand.
Stunned and dumbfounded, the man stumbles back and says in disbelief, “Why did you bite me? I was the one that helped you. I shared my home, warmed you, fed you and cared for you. After everything I have done for you, how could you bite me?”
Expressionless, the snake looks up at the man and says, “You knew I was a snake when you picked me up.”
No. Israel was not betrayed by Russia. Snakes do what snakes do.
Israel was betrayed by Israelis. Israelis in positions of power who approved, fostered and collaborated with the cooperative relationship in technological Research & Development with a principal weapons supplier to her own sworn enemies. Israeli observers should take note and learn and responsible Israeli heads should roll (figuratively speaking).
Israelis are not dumb. Possibly some outsmarted themselves? Is it possible that those involved put too much faith in historical and family heritage ties that reach back to Russia?
Regardless, surely they knew it was a snake when they picked it up.