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May 31, 2013 8:45 am

Netanyahu Warns Putin: Israel Would Destroy S-300 Missiles – Report

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (right) in Israel. Photo: Facebook.

During a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear that Israel would destroy a Russian delivery of S-300 missiles to Syria before they become operational, Maariv reports.

According to diplomatic sources, those present at the meeting, which took place in Russia last week, were “shocked” by Netanyahu’s frank language.

Putin explained that he must fulfill his contractual commitment to Syria so as not to tarnish the image of Russia as a credible supplier, especially after a similar deal with Iran was undermined by international pressure, Maariv reported. Putin alluded to a way to annul the transaction, if Israel or anyone else would purchase the system or “offer an alternative.”

During an interview Thursday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that he had already received some of the shipment of S-300 missiles from Russia, and said that he was expecting the rest of the shipment “soon.”

On Wednesday Israel public radio reported that Netanyahu ordered his cabinet to stay silent on the issue of Russian S-300 missile deliveries after several high-level officials made public comments, including Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, who on Tuesday warned that Israel would respond if Russia delivered on its promise.

“The deliveries have not taken place, and I hope they do not. But if, by misfortune, they arrive in Syria, we will know what to do,” he told reporters.

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  • Nadene van Staden

    Its such a pity that Bible Prophecy is not believed because the Old Testament predicts in Ezekiel 38 and 39 that Russia will come down into the Middle East into the land of Israel but in the end God will destroy those who come up against Israel.As I said before we need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem,I think that Bibi will do as he says but there will be terrible consequencies for the Jewish nation.

  • I find it very disturbing to hear that Russia is supplying Assad with these long-range S-300 surface to air-missiles.
    Its the same idea as the U.S. supplying the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt with State-of-the-art F-16 Jet-Fighters.
    In both instances the recipients are in the midst of a civil war.
    What the Super-Powers are sending a message indicating unconditional support to any dangerous rogue-organizations. So long as it threaten Israels its kosher ?
    Regarding Dennis`s comment: Is Bibi showing too much chutzpah ? What diplomacy are you referring to ? Russia should enable dangerous tyrants, while the intended victim should bite his tongue and show obedience ?
    And knowing Putin, that would stop him in his tracks ?
    Its the same deal as 1939.
    Do you want us to shut our mouths and just get back onto the transports ?

  • Irwin Graulich

    Bibi should have told that monster Putin that if he delivered those missiles to Syria, Israel would deliver them back to various parts of Russia, with a few of those missiles going right up Putin’s tuchess. Enjoy it Vladimir!!!

  • Alon

    If this report is true, then this is the best move Mr. Netanyahu could make. No bragging, just placing the Russians on notice. let us see if this will be a new “version” – different from the “Barak version” ,when Mr. Barak placed Hisbullah on notice and in time that notice reveled itself to be an empty promise. Let us hope Israel remembers the SAM batteries which were placed on the Suel Canal by the Egyptians in spite of the fact that they were forbidden by written agreements to do so and took a heavy toll on our airforce.

  • Elliott

    I’ve read elsewhere that Putin himself is very aware that Israel is able to take care of itself – i.e. destroy the missiles and any other materiel delivered to Syria Israel deems threatening, particularly if they fall into the hands of Hezbollah. Putin just wants to curry favor with Syria in terms of future trade, and make the money off the arms deals, and what happens to the arms after they are bought and paid for is completely another matter, and not Russia’s problem.

  • Dennis Rogness

    Talking to Putin that way is insane. Why not try some diplomacy rather than an ‘in your face’ confrontation, Israel is an insignificant player on the world stage and only enjoys any kind of audience because of ‘big brother.’ And I think ‘big brother’ is getting tired of Israel.

  • David

    You tell them Bibi!!! And you had better make good on your promise or the word of the Israeli government will be tarnished even more than it is already.!