BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Israeli Minister of Jerusalem, Ze’ev Elkin, theatened to destroy Syria’s S-300 air defense systems if an Israeli Air Force jet is destroyed during a mission.

“We consider the very fact of shipping S-300 to Syria a big mistake,” Elkin said during a press conference for Russian media Monday.

“The Syrian military are not always capable of correctly using the hardware transferred to them. In case of improper operation, civilian aircrafts may be harmed,” he said.

“The Syrians, if they ever want to, might use [these systems] to down an Israeli military or commercial plane over Israeli territory,” he said, “considering the mess that is going on in the Syrian Army. Shipping S-300s might lead to destabilization of the situation.”

He said that Israel will retaliate in the event of an air defense attack, and he partially put the responsibility for any such incident on Russia.

“By shipping these kinds of weapons to Syrians, Russia bears partial responsibility for their use,” Elkin said. “Usually, Israel reacts to attacks on its territory and its aircrafts not through international demarches, but with practical actions. Actions would undoubtedly take place, should [an attack] occur, against the launchers used to attack Israeli territory or Israeli planes.”

“I hope greatly that there would be no Russian military specialists [at S-300 sites],” he continued. “Israel has for all these years been doing everything it can to make sure Russian military personnel are not harmed. The Iranians have repeatedly used the Russian military as a living shield and conducted arms relocation operations under the cover of the Russian military presence.”

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Elkin claimed that, according to Israeli intelligence, the Iranian military has attempted to use Russian military bases for arms shipment operations.

“We have good enough intelligence regarding Iranian actions, and we know how to warn our Russian colleagues about such attempts in time,” he would add.

 

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The Syrians have not attacked Israel at all during the conflict in Syria. The SAA has been too busy tackling ISIS, Al Nusra, HTS, FSA, etc. On the other hand, Israel has been supporting ISIS near the Golan Heights; their jet fighters have intruded in Syrian airspace and on occasion bombed Syrian troops/Iranian Qud forces when they were fighting off foreign-backed jihadis. The Syrians have no say in what American weapons are delivered to the Israelis or whether the Americans can have a base in Israel. Likewise, Israel cannot be allowed to determine who the Syrians ally with or what… Read more »

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Well said.

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I see. So the SAA have not been bussing ISIS all over the country when it suits them then? LOL. Nice try.

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What are you talking about? Are you living on planet Earth?
SAA has been steadily weakening since the onset of the unrest until 2015, when it was with the help of Russia in the constant rise and liberation of the territory. During what period did SA cooperate with ISIS?

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Fair is fair indeed. Thanks for such a freshening piece. Well put, I couldn’t do as simple and efficient myself.

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The SS 300 systems are for Syria’s self defence not to attack Israel. Israeli jets will be only attacked when they attack Syrian soil.

Any attacking planes will be fought – no matter where they are at that particular moment. That is what these systems are installed for.

It is up the Israeli behaviour – if the systems need to be used.

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Maybe Russia should also supply Syria with Iskanders and Kalibr cruise missiles, just in case Israel swaps from loud-mouth BS to actions… Although so far it seems that the zionist pseudo-state has a lot of respect and fear for S-300 alone. More Pantsirs are a must, though.

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The arrogance of israel is beyond compare! They honestly believe they should be allowed to attack syria with absolute impunity! I cant wait to hear how they spin the story when one of their jets goes down in flames AFTER its fired a missile into syria!?.would that still be unfair in their eyes? You bet it will!.

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All this pi$$ing and moaning over a system the other Israeli liar says they have been training against and can defeat. Sure you can, that’s why all the whining from Israeli cry babies lately. Then there is the incessant troll brigade that appears and starts the ‘big lie’ BS that Israel is so well known for…’SAA bussing ISIS around’. Surely they know just how inane they sound? They know, but they just can’t help themselves…they just have to lie…it’s like breathing to them.

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Good. Although it would behove them to consider a preemptive strike. There’s no need for the Syrian regime to be allowed this kind of system.

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burp

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Such a troll – Any country is allowed by international law all the way down to basic common sense to possess exclusively defensive tools to grant its national armed forces the means to properly ensure the protection of its sovereignty and citizens. Would it be a rogue state I obviously despise in every way possible such as Israel, or Syria, or Guatemala or Zimbabwe for that matter. Bottom line is that you are none to decide what a given government may or may not be entitled to use in exercising its basics rights for self-defense, which in our case is… Read more »