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Russia’s S300 supply to Iran -Worst deal scenario for Israel?

In 2007, Russia marked a $800m deal to supply Iran with the S-300 missile system.

The news was trumpeted with much ballyhoo in both Tehran and Moscow.

It was an enormous exchange bargain for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s legislature and a huge security support for Iran.In any case it was never conveyed. Expanding Western sanctions on Iran implied Russia racked the arrangement.

At that point not long from now the Russians backtracked and lifted the ban.

Quickly Israel started extremely to worry about . Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Kremlin, called Putin to voice his worries and the Russian president reacted to that by saying that the weapons were absolutely defensive , and did not represent a danger to Israeli security.

That was insufficient for the Israeli president. Israel is doing all that it can to wreck an arrangement on Iran’s nuclear system that could be marked by June.

Iran wants the missile defence system badly. It is an anti-aircraft system that can hit aircraft and even ballistic missiles of up to 150 KM away.

That will demonstrate a huge test to any air attack, and given Israel’s open warning that it may hit Iranian nuclear targets is a worry to Tehran, however military specialists say that the Israeli capacity to hit targets inside the nation has been exaggerated.

Russia and Israel had always a very complicated diplomatic relationship and Israel in the past sold arms to Russia’s ennemies. In Georgia in 2008 Israeli made weapons proved a challenge to Russian forces.

As The Economist reports for more than a decade, Israel’s leaders have paid discreet annual visits to Mr Putin in Moscow or at his holiday residence in Sochi. Differences between the two countries have usually been worked out in private. In 2006, during the war against Hizbullah in Lebanon, fragments of the latest Russian anti-tank missiles were found among the smoking shells of Israeli armoured vehicles. The evidence was presented in person by the then prime minister, Ehud Olmert, to Mr Putin, who promised to put tighter controls on exports to Syria, Hizbullah’s ally.

Israeli response to Russia-Iran’s deal
Be that as it may with the lifting of the boycott on the S-300, Israel confronts a stark decision. Does it chance the rage of Russia by supplying weapons to Moscow’s adversaries, or does it stay noiseless and make sense of an approach to beat Iranian air safeguard frameworks?

What about Turkey?

According to Aljazeera, quietly Israel were allegedly training Turkish fighter pilots, which began in 1997 according to reports from the time, advanced skills to beat air defence systems and ‎have taken a very close look at the S-300 which the the Greeks (Cyprus) had been using and was a concern for Ankara.By training the pilots Israel got a good look at the capabilities of a deployed S-300, knowledge which for the Israelis was very useful.

What is the current framework of the deal and why is dangerous for Israel?

An Israeli diplomatic source said the agreement with Iran, which does not deal with the issues of regional terror and Iran’s actions against its neighbors and against Israel, will entail the pouring of billions of dollars into the Iranian economy, and the money will be directed at a lethal acceleration of the armament race. This, in turn, will transform Hezbollah into a regional terrorist power with quantities of middle- and long-range rockets and missiles and the capacity to launch them, something that few countries in the world are able to do. And this is not only about Hezbollah: According to Israeli intelligence agents, the Iranian octopus also extends its arms to Hamas and continues to fuel Hamas rearmament attempts, even before we mention the Houthis in Yemen and other areas as well.

The Israeli air force has been training for a long time already vis-a-vis and against these missiles. Israel has developed quite a number of means, allowing its air force to function even in an environment that is full of S-300s. Some of these means were tested in extensive maneuvers conducted by the Israeli air force in recent years, over the skies of the Mediterranean Sea. The United States probably has similar means. But when all’s said and done, one thing is clear: The presence of S-300 missiles on Iranian turf would make any air assault in those regions considerably more difficult.

Iranian Security Defense system

Iran has key strategic sites it needs to defend, risking those to put the S-300 in a place where Israel would have to respond with force like Lebanon or Syria makes no strategic sense. Also the numbers of S-300 being sold to Iran, according to reports, are quite small.

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2015 U.S. Intelligence Community Worldwide Threat Assessment – Clapper Testimony: Islamic State, ISIS, Cyber Threats, Russia, Iran, Terrorism, al-Qaida, North Korea, Syria, National Security Strategy