Report: New Israeli airstrikes could target Russian transfer of advanced anti-ship missiles

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(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) U.S. officials told the Wall
Street Journal
on Thursday that another round of Israeli airstrikes could
target a new Russian transfer of advanced anti-ship missiles in the near
future. Israeli and Western intelligence services believe the Yakhont missiles,
which have been sold by Russia to Syria in recent years, could be transferred
to Hezbollah within days, the newspaper reported on its website Friday.

At the same time, the New
York Times
reported Friday that the Yakhont missiles have already been
delivered to Syria’s armed forces. Israel has repeatedly reinforced that it would
not allow the transfer of “game-changing” weaponry to Islamic terror groups
such as Hezbollah.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s last-minute
trip to Russia on Tuesday reportedly did not change the Russians’ intentions to
also deliver the advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria. Together,
the S-300 and Yakhont systems would pose a formidable threat to any outside
intervention in Syria. The anti-ship missiles would be a serious threat to the
Israeli navy, as well as the facilities above Israel’s newfound underwater gas
reserves.

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Source: JNS.org

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