Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow today and the stakes are VERY high.  Neanyahu is telling Putin that Israel knows Iranian assets in Syria are planning “massive, destructive attacks upon Israel” against which the Israelis need to act NOW in order to prevent.  Netanyahu is also telling Putin that Israel INTENDS to launch a MASSIVE Pre-Emptive attack and that Russia needs to stand-down WHEN this takes place, or else there will be war.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told yNet news that his nation has “direct confirmation of Iran intent to attack” and described yesterday’s military strikes as Israel stopping them (from following through).  He went on to say “only our attacks today will prevent war tomorrow.”

The stakes are terribly high and the decisions made today may affect the entire world within hours.  If Putin relents and gives Israel “the Golden Ticket” to attack, the Persians and the Arabs will view it as Russia “selling-out” to Israel.  If Russia refuses to permit thse massive attacks, then Israel, the US and the West will have war on their hands.

The stakes are VERY high right now.  The decisions made today, WILL affect the entire world within hours.

The body language is already showing the level of tension which exists.  When Putin greeted Netanyahu outside the Kremlin, there was the obligatory hand shake, but when the two men turned to walk inside, the two men did not casually speak with each other as is customary and normal.  Moreover, Putin walked a step ahead of Netanyahu.

Then Putin took Netanyahu to . . . . a MILITARY PARADE showing off the latest Russian hardware.  In a speech at that parade, Putin reminded Netanyahu of the millions that died in Russia because of Jewish Communism and its brutal murder starting around World War  2 and lasting 70+ years.  (Editor’s Note: You can bet Netanyahu was wondering if he was even going to get out of Russia alive.)

At the parade — in public — Putin again “dissed” Netanyahu by walking a couple steps ahead of him as they were leaving the parade ground.  The message sent by Putin to Netanyahu was clear: “Walk behind me, bitch.”

(Editor’s Note 2): These may seem trivial observations.  But the language of Diplomacy and Statesmanship is EXTREMELY nuanced.  EVERY detail matters. The signs coming out of Moscow today do not bode well for Israel or any of us.)

 UPDATE 11:30 AM EDT —

INTEL:  There are now concerns that Iran may exploit Netanyahu’s trip to Moscow, to launch an attack while he is outside of Israel.  MORE:  If There is a Joint Statement by Putin and Netanyahu after today’s meeting, that’s a good sign.  If Netanyahu simply departs, that’s the worst sign possible.  Watch very closely . . . .

*** BULLETIN ***

11:50 AM EDT —

Netanyahu has departed the Meeting with Putin and upon that departure, Putin ORDERED an EMERGENCY RUSSIAN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING to discuss Israeli Military Actions.   BAD BAD BAD DEVELOPMENT

 UPDATE 12:52 PM EDT —

Israel has begun mobilizing heavy armor in the Golan Heights.   These are NOT the type of things one sees to defend against missile attacks from Iranian missiles in Syria; they’re the type of things one sees prior to an INVASION.

 

Netanyahu Meets with Putin In Moscow

 

UPDATE 2:30 PM EDT —

Saudi Foreign Minister says now that Iran nuclear deal is dead, “Saudi Arabia will obtain nuclear weapons if Iran develops atomic weapons of their own.”

UPDATE 2:42 PM EDT —

Radar confirms Israeli war planes over Lebanon again right now.  UNCONFIRMED REPORTS of new Israeli attacks in progress into Syria. 

*** BULLETIN ***

UPDATE 2:46 PM EDT —

Syrian Air Defenses have just “lit-up” – tracking inbound missile(s) over Quineitra Province (Golan Heights) inbound from Israel.

 

UPDATE 3:32 PM EDT —

Royal JORDANIAN Air Force (RJAF) now taking-off toward Syria Eastern Border!

 

UPDATE 2:57 PM EDT —

Syrian air defenses are said to be intercepting inbound missiles near Damascus right now.

 

UPDATE 3:10 PM EDT —

Possible Decoy missile intercepted east of Damascus; possible harassing action to try to determine location of Anti-Aircraft Defenses.  NO TARGETS HIT. 

 

UPDATE 3:27 PM EDT —

Russian Air Force taking flight from Latakia; heading along Syria Coast toward Lebanon.  Israelis being TOLD via air-to-air radio to immediately halt their attacks against Syria.

 

UPDATE 3:36 PM EDT —

As Russian jets took off . . . . Royal JORDANIAN Air Force (RJAF) Fighters began scrambling toward Syria’s eastern Border! ! ! !

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UPDATE 4:04 PM EDT —

The only remaining Jordanian Air Force plane in the air right now is a refueling tanker.  Altitude 8,000 feet, speed 130 knots. Circular patrol pattern.   So clearly SOMETHING is pending, they don’t just put refueling tankers up in a holding pattern unless they know planes are going to need fuel.

 

UPDATE 4:28 PM EDT —

Netanyahu’s aircraft has safely landed back in Israel after his trip to Moscow.

 

UPDATE 4:35 PM EDT —

Word directly from Lebanon now: For the first time, Russian Air Force planes entered Lebanese Air Space and CHASED-OFF the Israelis!

 

UPDATE 4:50 PM EDT —

“CODE RED” SIRENS SOUNDING THROUGHOUT NORTHERN ISRAEL.

 MORE:  ISRAELI TANKS OPENING FIRE INTO CIVILIAN AREAS OF OCCUPIED GOLAN HEIGHTS!  ALLEGEDLY ATTACKING “PRO-ASSAD . . . “MILITANTS””IN THE TOWN OF BAATH, IN QUNEITRA PROVINCE!!!!!!

 

UPDATE 5:41 PM EDT —

Israel launching multiple “TAMAZ” missiles directly at Syrian Army in the area around Ba’Ath City.  This is a DIRECT ACT OF WAR BY ISRAEL AGAINST THE LAWFUL GOVERNMENT OF SYRIA.  No more pretense of “Fighting Terrorists” or “defending Israel from Iranian militias in Syria.”  This is open aggression.

 

UPDATE 5:48 PM EDT — 

Israeli ARTILLERY has now opened fire upon both the Syrian Army and Iranian positions INSIDE SYRIA.  Heavy shelling ongoing.

 MORE: Syrian State TV is now confirming  and reporting numerous Israeli shells from tanks and artillery are targeting positions of the Syrian Army in southern Syria.  Open warfare.

 

UPDATE 6:03 PM EDT —

The Syrian Arab Army is now retaliating with artillery shelling of its own against an Israeli Defense Force outpost on Al Shaykh mountain, northeast of the Golan Heights.  VERY HEAVY SHELLING.

 

UPDATE 6:11 PM EDT —

Multiple explosions confirmed at Israeli Defense Force positions throughout the Golan Heights.  Active Combat in progress.

 

UPDATE 6:18 PM EDT —

Israeli Defense Force now commencing shelling of Syrian town of Hadar.

 

ESCALATING VERY QUICKLY.  AIR DEFENSES ON BOTH SIDES ARE NOW LOCKING-ON TO TARGETS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE SYRIA-ISRAEL BORDER.

 

 *** BULLETIN ***

 UPDATE 6:21 PM EDT —

Syrian Army now re-targeting IDF Israeli positions in the Golan Heights with heavy Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS)

multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) is a type of rocket artillery system. Rockets have different capabilities than artillery, like longer range, and different payloads, typically considerably larger warheads than a similarly sized artillery platform, or multiple warheads. Unguided rocket artillery is notoriously inaccurate and slow to reload, compared to artillery. To overcome this, rockets are combined in systems that can launch multiple rockets simultaneously. Modern rockets can use GPS or inertial guidance, to combine the advantages of rockets with high accuracy.

 

UPDATE 6:22 PM EDT —

Israeli tank shelling destroyed a base for Syrian anti-aircraft guns (23 mm range) and the main target of Israeli shelling is the Syrian regime anti-aircraft system deployed on the western side of Madinat Al-Baath in Quneitera.  The Israelis want to get rid of Syria’s ability to defend their own county’s air space.

 

UPDATE 6: 32 M EDT —

Israeli war planes are now bombing the Syrian army and elements of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia on the outskirts of Hadar and Khan according to sources there on the ground witnessing it taking place right now! (I have a SATCOM link with them)

 

UPDATE 6:35 PM EDT —

Syrian Army confirms four Israeli Defense Force positions destroyed and multiple IDF vehicles hit by Syrian artillery in the Golan Heights.

 

UPDATE 6:36 PM EDT —

ISRAELI HOME FRONT COMMAND IS TELLING ISRAELI CITIZENS IN THE NORTH OF THAT COUNTRY TO ENTER THEIR BOMB SHELTERS AND REMAIN THERE.

 

INTEL:  US INTELLIGENCE OPERATIVES ON THE GROUND IN ISRAEL AND IN SYRIA ARE TELLING ME DIRECTLY THE CLASHES BETWEEN SYRIANS AND ISRAELIS ARE “FIERCE” AND ESCALATING.

 

UPDATE 6:39 PM EDT —

Israeli Air Force firing at Damascus again from the Mediterranean Sea off the Coast of Lebanon.  Being targeted by Syrian Anti-Aircraft Missiles ! ! !

Israel fired multiple tank shells and dropped bombs from planes on targets in Hadar, Syria and when the people they were attacking (Iranians FIRED BACK, ) the Israelis are telling their people “We’ve been attacked by Iranian forces.”  They have now updated this position to “We consider this an act of war against Israel by Iran and Syria.”