On the weekend, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Bibi) thanked Russian president Vladimir Putin for ordering return of an Israeli Magach tank captured by Syrian army on June 11, 1982 at the Battle of Sultan Yacoub in Lebanon. The fate of three Jewish soldiers on board, Zacharia Baumel, Yehuda Katz and Zvi Feldman is still unknown afre 34 years.
“On the instruction of Russian President Vladimir Putin who has responded to the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel will get back a tank lost in the battle of Sultan Yacoub in the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon,” the Israeli prime minister’s office reported.
The first Israeli invasion of Lebanon (aka Operation Peace for the Galilee) in June 1982 was meant to destroy PLO as an armed resistance. During the first two months, the Israeli carpet-bombing killed 17,000 Lebanese and Palestinian civilians, made 285,000 Palestinian refugees for the second time. Israeli army lost two Magach tanks and 20 soldiers.
This is ‘brotherly’ gesture from Putin to Netanyahu who is flying into Moscow to meet Putin and join the 25th anniversary event of the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two Bolshevik regimes.
The two tanks were transferred to Damascus, but sometime later, the Syrians gifted one of the tanks to the Russian army to study American technology. The tank is currently on display at a war museum in Moscow.
The Magach series of Israeli tanks are based on the US Patton tanks, the M48 and M60, AKA the Magach technology provided by the Pentagon.
As I wrote before, Russia is no friend of Arabs or Muslims. Putin and Netanyahu have succeeded in fooling the ‘Axis of Resistance’ (Iran, Syria, Hizbullah and Iraq). While the anti-Zionist regime governments in the region are depending more and more on Russian support – Russia and Israel are developing stronger bonds with the passaged of time.
“Russia’s direct involvement in Syria has actually served to highlight its increasingly close ties with Israel. This robust relationship is downplayed by Israel so as not to antagonise the US, by Russia so as not to alienate Damascus and Tehran, and completely ignored by the ‘Axis of Resistance’ so as to avoid embarrassment,” Sharif Nashashibi at Middle East Eye. Net on December 8, 2015. The online news site is edited by David Hearst (Jewish).
Hadas Their, an Israeli American, wrote in December 2006:
“Though Israel inflicted massive damage, engaging in the kind of large-scale civilian bombing that it carried out in 1982, it was also more hesitant to commit large numbers of ground troops. This time, a well-entrenched and armed Hizbullah forced Israel into a retreat without having achieved any of its major goals. Hizbullah succeeded where all the Arab regimes have continually failed. This has provoked an internal crisis in Israel and has unsettled the Arab regimes. But we should not assume that this is the end of the story. Efforts by the US, through its Israeli proxy, to advance its power in the region have been temporarily set back in Lebanon. But they cannot accept defeat. It will take a much more widespread resistance in the region-and worldwide-to bury those efforts, (here).”