Israel should report security threats in Syria rather than immediately respond to them, in order to keep the country ravaged by civil war from being turned into a battlefield against Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday, according to Russian news outlet Sputnik.
Speaking at a press conference, Lavrov criticized Israel for responding to security threats from Iran in Syria, while stressing that Moscow also does not approve of Syria being used against.
Rather, Israel should simply report these threats to Moscow.
“So, our dear Israeli colleagues, if you have facts that your state is facing threats from the Syrian territory, report the facts urgently, and we will take every measure to neutralize the threat,” Lavrov said, according to Sputnik.
Israeli forces have launched numerous strikes into Syria against Iranian targets, as part of its ongoing conflict with the Islamic Republic’s proxies. Among the most notable of recent airstrikes was last Tuesday, which targeted the city of Albukamal and Deir al-Zor, both of which are on the Euphrates River but are separated by over 120 km.
Israel notifies Russia before conducting strikes against security threats in Syria.
However, Russia has been highly critical of Israel’s activities in the country in the past.
In an interview with The Jerusalem Post in late December 2020, Russian Ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov explained that Israel, rather than Iran, is the most destabilizing force in the Middle East, blaming it for attacking Hezbollah and Iranian forces in Syria, which he called a violation of sovereignty.
He added that “there is no way that we are approving any Israeli strikes on Syria: never in the past and never in the future.”
The Foreign Ministry later reprimanded Viktorov for his remarks. However, Russia’s Foreign Ministry was confused by what they considered an “overly sensitive reaction” by Israel.
Editor’s Note: Why Is This News Biblically Relevant?
In recent years, Iran has been used the war-torn country of Syria to strategically move weaponry closer to the Jewish State. They have done this while spouted continual calls for Israel to be wiped off the map.
There is no doubt that Iran’s presence in Syria poses a grave risk to Israel. Because of this, Israel has conducted Multipil strikes in Syria, with the most recent strike being carried out with US intelligence help to push back against Iran in the region.
Students of Bible Prophecy know that there is much reason to distrust Russia keeping the Islamic Republic of Iran “inline” in Syria. This is because Ezekiel 38 speaks of a coming war in-which Russia, Iran, Turkey, and others will come from the north together to attack Israel. We are told that Russia would be the leading country of this invasion and will supply the weaponry to accompanying countries.
We are already witnessing this Ezekiel 38 alliance of nations cooperating together like never before, with Russia, Iran, and Turkey all positioning themselves in Syria to the north of the Jewish State.