Israel used two civilian airliners carrying hundreds of passengers as human shields to camouflage their warplanes during the attack and delay the response of the Syrian Air Defence. Any mistake or miscalculated actions by Syria, could have led to a massacre. The Syrian Air Defence did a superb job avoiding civilian human shields and intercepting the Israeli missiles fired from warplanes violating Lebanese airspace.
We cover the recent unrest in Turkey and backlash against the growing Syrian refugee population, now believed to be an estimated five million. We talk about emerging energy sector alliances that may be surprising in who they bring together, partnering Israel with Lebanon to counter the rise of Russian influence in the region with Iran and Hezbollah and much more
A wide ranging conversation about Lebanon, Israel, Syria and the future of the region.
If sanctions are not lifted, Iran will hit back (deniably and in a calibrated way, across different spheres). And Israel will, in turn, try to deter Iran from pursuing its nuclear programme (or attempt its destruction). The logic is plain. The two will clash. Perhaps other fronts will open too.
“Violent resistance to colonization isn’t merely a tactical issue. It’s also about becoming whole. It’s also about claiming a future. It’s also about the dignity of fighting back.”
The latest Syrian retaliation against Israeli aggression has revealed weakness of Zionist air defence systems.
Preparing for war against Iran in Syria. Effectively, US will have missile, air and military bases in the north-east, south-east (Al Tanf) and the south in Israel. Effectively, Syria will be surrounded on 3 sides by hostile state militaries with Turkey holding a malevolent position in the north. A weakened, divided and distracted Lebanon will not be much help.
Hossam told me that Mohammed had a favourite plastic glass. He had left the glass on the windowsill of his parents bedroom. In the hours after the attack, Mohammed asked his father where his glass was. Hossam feared that it would have been destroyed. But the window had imploded sending glass flying and twisting the metal frame. The glass was still upright on the windowsill, untouched. For Hossam and his wife, this was a small miracle, a symbol of hope. I see this so often, in war, among people who have so little to call their own. An item of insignificance for most of us becomes a precious token of survival.
During the early hours of this morning, Israel launched an attack on multiple positions across Syria – targeting Tartous, Hama and Homs countryside and reports of attacks in Damascus countryside. Initial reports indicated that Israeli aggression was prioritising the Scientific Research Facility in Mesyah, Hama countryside.
Senior Lebanese political analyst Nasser Qandil explores what has changed between Hezbollah and Israel over the last 14 years since the ‘July War’ or ‘The Second Lebanon War’ in 2006.