Israel Threatens to 'Destroy' Syrian Air Defense Systems

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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday threatened to destroy Syrian air defense systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes.

"The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation," Lieberman said on Israeli public radio.

Israeli warplanes hit several targets in Syria on Friday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the strikes targeted weapons bound for Lebanon's Hizbullah.

Syria's military said it had downed one of the Israeli planes and hit another as they were carrying out the pre-dawn strikes near the famed desert city of Palmyra that it recaptured from jihadists this month.

The Israeli military denied that any planes had been hit. The Syrian government has made similar claims in the past.

An Israeli army statement said "several anti-aircraft missiles" were fired following the raid but that none hit their targets.

One missile was intercepted by Israel's Arrow air defense system, Israeli media reported.

It was the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.

In April 2016, Netanyahu admitted for the first time that Israel had attacked dozens of convoys transporting weapons in Syria destined for Hizbullah, which fought a 2006 war with Israel and is now battling alongside the Damascus regime.

"Each time we discover arms transfers from Syria to Lebanon we will act to stop them. On this there will be no compromise," Lieberman said Sunday. 

"The Syrians must understand that they are held responsible for these arms transfers to Hizbullah and that if they continue to allow them then we will do what we have to do."

Israel does not usually confirm or deny individual raids, but it may have been led to do so this time by the circumstances of the incident.

President Bashar Assad's position has been strengthened in recent months with his forces reclaiming the whole of Syria's second city Aleppo, as well as enjoying continuing Russian support.

Lieberman said he did not wish "to interfere in the Syrian civil war or provoke a confrontation with the Russians" but that Israel's security would remain his top priority. 

Israel seized most of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981, in a move never recognized by the international community.

Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the border had remained largely quiet for decades until 2011 when the Syrian conflict began.

Comments 16
Missing patriot10 4 days

Why does the DICKtator always has to lie? This is the second time they claim to have shot down an Israeli plane. Why dont they show video or pictures? Do they think people are like there dogs who believe anything they say?
And they say Israel fled hahaha.

Thumb Mystic 4 days

They did flee, their sirens went off you jew.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 4 days

You can be guaranteed that this will be the last missile fired.

Thumb galaxy 4 days

lol @the heretic:)!

Do you expect them to stay up in the air after they hit their targets with 100% accuracy. Ya genius every plane has to eventually go home and land and that according to you is fleeing !

What is the final count of dead and shredded bodies from your hezb so far?

lol

Thumb Mystic 4 days

Ofcourse licking Israels shoes is the last thing you salafis can do.
Worship the jews.

Missing allegedzionist 4 days

Ask your momma how much rice did she throw on the Israeli tanks when they invaded South Lebanon and why you don't resemblance your dad or anyone else in his family. BTW what kind of Mystic are you on your father side Hasidim, Kabbalah, Merkabah or maybe something else, if you don't know ask your momma she might know.

Thumb ex-fpm 4 days

lol

Thumb zahle1 4 days

I believe they did flee. I also would like to see the wreckage. Also Israel is obviously scared of HA having any artillery. Really Israel needs to stay out of this mess.

Thumb zahle1 4 days

At the same time it would be my preference if HA kept its weapons in Israel, and allow the regime to fight on their own. I mean worst case work the border and shoot them as ISIS comes across at least. We don't need HA over there. Stay in Lebanon.

Thumb ex-fpm 4 days

20 minutes ago Suspected Israeli military planes have bombed a car in Quneitra's countryside, killing the driver, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

they fled:)

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 4 days

Israeli army chief: We will continue to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons to Hizbullah and in the next war there will be a clear address: the Lebanese government.

Thumb thepatriot 4 days

Your words are so pathetic Mastica! If someone here is a zionist or a salafi, he can claim it. We are all hide behind avatars. Yet... no one does.... so the question is...are you a retard or something?

Default-user-icon Bubba Pittsburgh (Guest) 4 days

He's not something ;)

Thumb shab 4 days

Lol

Thumb Maxx 3 days

Lieberman should borrow one of his wife's dildos and shove it up his tib3ut. You want to bomb a country and expect it not to put up defences? Who the F do you think you are? You won't hear me say this very often, but good for the Syrian air defence people!

Thumb gigahabib 3 days

And the Mustaqbalis are cheering.