Israel warns Syria after exchange of fire
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 11:14
"The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our airplanes, we will destroy all of them without thinking twice", Avigdor Liberman said Sunday on Israeli public radio.
Syria fired missiles at Israeli warplanes early Friday after a series of Israeli airstrikes inside Syria - a rare military exchange between the two hostile neighbors that was confirmed by both sides.
It was the most serious episode between Syria and Israel since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war six years ago.
Syria claims their missiles downed one Israeli jet and hit another, which Israel rejected as "absolutely untrue".
Our main problem is with the transfer of advanced weapons from Syria to Lebanon.
Liberman has not shied away from threatening rhetoric since taking over the Defense Ministry past year.
Nasrallah also accused Arab countries of wasting billions of dollars on the war against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria and other powers of the so-called "Axis of Resistance" that "could have saved Somalia and Yemen from hunger, built houses for the Palestinians in Gaza".
The Israel Defense Forces refused to comment on the reports. The Syrian government has made similar claims in the past. At least one of the missiles crossed the Israeli border, setting off air-raid sirens in Galilee before it was shot down by a missile-defence system.
While Israeli acknowledgment of an intervention in Syria is rare, it is not unprecedented.
"The Syrian regime is trying to tell Israel it can't stand it anymore and those actions will not be free of charge", said Orion. "When we identify attempts to transfer advanced weapons..." "That's how it was yesterday and that's how we shall continue to act". "We are a sovereign country that acts to protect our security interests".
Hezbollah is a Lebanese militant group and political party, funded and supplied by Iran.
Shells, mostly believed to be stray from the fighting in Syria, have also landed in the Israel-occupied Syrian Golan Heights.
A "hotline" has been set up between the two countries, but Katz said Russian Federation is not notified in advance of an Israeli strike.
Pictures and video on social media showed a group of people gathered round what were said to be the burnt remains of a missile embedded in the ground amid twisted metal beside a building in Jordan. "At no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or the IAF aircraft compromised", it said.