Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Netanyahu says Israel will continue operations in Syria against Iran

Netanyahu says Israel will continue operations in Syria against Iran

Syrian government forces mistook the Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane for an Israeli jet and shot it down Monday, killing all 15 people aboard.

The data has been retrieved from Russia's S-400 air defense system deployed at the Russian Khmeimim air base in Syria's Latakia province.

"Not only Syrian air defense will become more capable, but it will be necessary to keep in mind the presence of Russian operators at the Syrian air defense systems".

Moscow has accused Israel's fighter pilots of using the bigger Ilyushin as cover, causing Syria's Soviet-era S-200 air defense system to interpret the Russian plane as a target.

Frequently, Syria responds to these strikes with air defense fire against Israeli fighter jets.

Israel's military insisted that its jets were back in Israeli airspace by the time the Il-20 was hit and said responsibility for the incident lay with the Syrian military.

Hence the unbridled assault of the Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman and the telling story of the Israelis who used the Russian spy plane as bait and thus were to blame for its plummeting from the sky.

"Today's data does not just suggest but prove that the blame for the tragic [downing] of the Russian Il-20 airplane lies entirely with the Israeli Air Force", the major general told journalists.

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Russian Federation will not emerge well from such a confrontation, but Israel will suffer serious damage, and those who will celebrate are the Iranians, Hezbollah and the Syrian regime. Israel denies that allegation and says its planes had already returned to Israeli airspace when the air-defense missile was sacked.

Russian Federation last month hinted it would supply the weapons to President Bashar al-Assad, over Israeli objections, after Western military strikes on Syria.

Earlier on Monday, Moscow announced new security measures to protect its military in Syria, including supplying the Syrian army with an S-300 air defence system and jamming radars of nearby warplanes. Neither of those two players could hope to overcome Israel's military superiority in the area, but for the Israeli government it is the impunity that matters as much as the ability to launch strikes.

According to the statement, Putin reiterated that Russian Federation holds Israel responsible for the downing of the plane. Then, after a Russian investigation called Israel's actions "criminal" Putin apparently chose to clip the Israeli wings by allowing S-300s to be deployed, a decision that severely complicates Israel's ability to maneuver in the Syrian skies and continue its policy of relentless attacks against incoming weapons before they can reach Iranian proxy Hizbullah in Lebanon.

The Trump administration is warning Russian Federation that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a "major mistake" and should be reconsidered.

However, U.S. -Russian relations remain at their lowest point in decades, in part over differences in Syria, Ukraine and U.S. allegations Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far sought to strike a balance between expressing sorrow over the Russian deaths, stressing his commitment to cooperation with Moscow and vowing to continue to act against Iran and Hezbollah in Syria.

"In addition, three years after entering Syria, Russia wants to finish things and leave".

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