This is coolbert:
Within the context of that previous blog entry consider this item as seen at the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:
1. "Netanyahu phones Putin about the drone intrusion from Syria"
The Kremlin issued a communique Saturday on the phone conversation between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: The two leaders discussed issues relating to the war on terror . . . Netanyahu made the call to Putin out of concern over a drone from Syria which penetrated Israeli air space on July 17. Some IDF intelligence and air force officers believed the intruder was Russian - not Iranian. In either case, the incident was a breach of the Russian-Israeli military-air force coordination agreement."
2. "Russian arms for Hizballah cross Israel's red line"
"President Vladimir Putin turns aside all of Israel's complaints about Russian arms supplies to Iran's Lebanese proxy, Hizballah, whenever he talks to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu - roughly every week-to-ten days. Nonetheless, Netanyahu persisted in complaining again about the Russian arms reaching the Lebanese terrorist group in his latest phone conversation with Putin on Saturday, July 23. He made the call, DEBKAfile military sources say, primarily to raise another topic at issue, the UAV flights from Syria into Israeli airspace on July 17. Our military sources report that the conviction gaining ground now among IDF intelligence and Air Force chiefs is that the drone was not Iranian or Hizballah's but Russian . . . the unmanned aircraft, which hovered for some hours over the Golan and northern Israel, appears to have been a reconnaissance drone developed by Israel and manufactured by Russia under Israeli license."
3. "Syrian-Russian provocations could spark Golan clash"
"For four days since July 25, the Syrian army has been continuously firing artillery batteries - moved close to Israel's defense lines on the Golan border - in a manner that comes dangerously close to provoking an Israeli response . . . It is the first time in the six years of the Syrian [civil] war that Bashar Assad has ventured to come near to provoking Israel. But now he appears to be emboldened by his Russian ally. The IDF is holding its fire for the moment."
RIGHT AT THAT EXACT MOMENT WHEN ASSAD SEEMS TO BE HOLDING THE UPPER HAND IN THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR INCIDENTS OF A PROVOCATIVE NATURE ARE BEING DIRECTED TOWARD THE ISRAELI?
PROVOKING AN ISRAELI RESPONSE IS HARDLY IN THE INTERESTS OF ANYONE!