Iran says Israel’s attack on the air base in Syria’s Homs will not go unanswered. Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior international affairs advisor to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said – quote – this crime will not remain without a response. He said that Iran would strongly defend Syria’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty. According to Press TV, Syrian air defense systems shot down five out of eight missiles fired by two Israeli F-15 warplanes from Lebanon. Several people were killed and wounded. On Monday, Damascus said that the attack on Homs would not have been possible with the US support and warned of ‘dangerous repercussions of Israel’s attacks on its territories.
Radio Sputnik discussed Israel’s suspected attack on the air force base in Syria’s Homs with Dr. Nir Boms, a research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University and the coordinator of the TAU Workshop on Israel and the Middle East.
Nir Boms (2018): Israel’s Policy on the Syrian Civil War: Risks and Opportunities, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, DOI: 10.1080/23739770.2017.1430006
The war in Syria, which to date has taken hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced almost half the country’s population, seems to be nearing an end. The Syrian tragedy, which drew in additional actors from throughout the Middle East and the world—paid militias, “volunteers,” and foreign armies—at unprecedented speed, seems to be stabilizing. This has created a new status quo, and will enable a smaller circle to wield control over the state still known as Syria when the smoke of battle ﬁnally clears. In August 2017, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) announced that over 600,000 displaced persons, some 10 percent of the total number of refugees, had already returned to their homes in Syria, many to the city of Aleppo, which, until several months earlier, had symbolized the battles between the weakened rebel camp and the regime forces.1 Syrian tractors are already clearing the way for new roads, and Russian cranes are building a new port terminal, while the Iranians have started constructing a modern “medical city” near Damascus. The year 2017 is also ending with Syria’s conquest (aided by Hizbullah)of the village of Beit Jann, one of the more signiﬁcant pockets of resistance supported by Israel.
The United Nations’ Special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura called on Syria’s opposition to realize and accept the new reality, in which they have not won the six-and-a-half year war against President Bashar Assad â€“ urging them to return immediately to the negotiating table, “or else”, face a bitter reality.
To further discuss the latest developments in Syria, I’m joined here in the Studio by Dr. Nir Boms Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University; Dr. Ephraim Kam, Senior Researcher – INSS Analyst: Amir Oren