Netanyahu and Trump hope to embroil Putin with Assad
President of the United States Donald Trump did not stay aloof from the events that unfolded on September 17 in the Syrian province of Latakia, where the Russian aircraft of the electronic warfare Il-20 crashed because of the Israeli pilots.
At a meeting with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda in the White House, Trump expressed his condolences to the deceased Russian military.
Earlier, "sorrow" in connection with the crash of the IL-20 was expressed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Condolences of the first persons of the United States in fact do not seem more than "crocodile tears." After all, this Trump in April threatened to launch missile strikes on Russian military targets in Syria, when Bashar Assad cleared the suburbs of Damascus from the militants. Although the Pentagon is a man with iron nerves and very rational approaches to issues of war and peace named James Mattis, it is unlikely that Americans feel sorry for Russian soldiers.
Only the fear of retaliatory blows, which in March was threatened by the head of the Russian General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, forced the US, at every operation, to make sure that Russian servicemen did not suffer. But this time it was not possible.
And the fault of Israel, it turns out, is indirect. On the one hand, yes. But on the other hand, Israel is an ally of the United States. Under the current US administration, Tel Aviv received full freedom of hands in the Middle East. According to Trump's signal, Israel does not hesitate to kill hundreds of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, bombs the suburbs of Damascus, receives recognition of Jerusalem as its capital and annexation of the Golan Heights. Incidentally, one of the most powerful air raids on Syria, the Israeli Air Force inflicted literally hours after the release of Donald Trump from a nuclear deal with Iran on the eve of 9 May.
It is hard to believe that on September 18, Israel was conducting an operation in the province of Latakia, in a dangerous proximity to the Russian airbase Khemeymim, without coordination with Washington, which the other day formally threatened with missile strikes against Bashar Assad (and, unofficially, Russia and Iran.) If that dare to go to Idlib.
In their assessments of the plane crash both Israel and the US emphasize the guilt of the government of Syria.
So, among the many causes of the incident, along with such as "an unfortunate coincidence" and an attempt to use the Russian ship as a "living shield", one can not exclude the fact that the Pentagon and IDF have been preparing this cunning operation for a long time. To push the foreheads of the Syrian and Russian military. This was a particularly suitable moment when the Syrian army, to put it mildly, is not happy with the fact that the already almost ready operation for the cleansing of Idlib was stopped by the agreement between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.