Christmas 2018 was not too lenient for Israel: what happened on December 25 at the heart of the Israeli entity, especially in the Haifa region, remains a resounding failure.
Hours after the strike at CBU-39 against the western suburbs of Damascus, the Israeli media unanimously acknowledged that a Syrian missile had hit dozens of localities, the most important of which were Hadera, Caesarea, Zichon Yacov, Akiva Gold and Binyamina where nearly a quarter of a million settlers live. All of them felt a mini earthquake during the missile explosion followed by fires in the affected area.
The Israeli military command was forced to publicly acknowledge the confusion caused by this mysterious missile, not knowing whether it was an air defense missile that intercepted Israeli planes or a ground-to-air missile carrying a military message to Israel.
However, the riddle was solved: the Israeli media claimed that the missile that targeted Haifa was an SA-5, a variant of the S-200.
It was the bearer of this Russian message:
Any future Israeli raid will “riposte” this type of missile in the future, not so much to intercept the attacking aircraft as to reach the strategic depth of Israel.
The device, capable of piercing the Israeli DCA, can, in the event of the failure of the interception, continue its trajectory to fall on the enemy target.
This is what happened on December 25 when Israeli fighters believed they could fire the Syrian S-300s to locate them, fired angrily and from the Lebanese sky dozens of smart GBU-39 missiles on the western suburbs of Damascus.
The attack turned into a fiasco, the S-300 did not fall into the trap while Haifa suffered the full blast of the firing of a SA-5 surface-to-air missile, which was occasionally transformed into a ground-to-ground missile. Therefore, on Christmas Eve Israel lost another of its levers as indicated by the “surprise” factor: its GBU-39s have been fired from its F-35s and under the watchful eye of radar and without Syria and its Russian ally agreeing, as desired by the Israeli army headquarters, to retaliate with S-300s.
It is too much for an Israeli air force that claims to want to defend itself alone, if the United States ever withdraws from Syria.
In the meantime, they put forth a big lie as a consolation: in the aftermath of the defeat, the Israeli media claimed that the Israeli raid had killed Quds commander-in-chief, General Ghassem Soleimani; however, a few hours later, he was taking part at a memorial ceremony in Tehran…