BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:57 P.M.) – Israel’s ambassador to Russia has been called in by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday to provide clarification on Israel’s air force attack in Syria overnight, a statement by Moscow said, which was also confirmed by Israeli Foreign Ministry according to Haaretz.

The air raid resulted in one Israeli jet being destroyed by Syrian missile defenses according to the Syrian Army’s General Command, as reported earlier today by Al-Masdar News.

It is rare that Israel is called by Moscow to explain its actions in Syria. However, this time, Israel struck positions near Palmyra where Russian forces are embedded with both Hezbollah and the Syrian Army, who are all fighting against ISIS.

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in a statement said that Israel will not allow Hezbollah to acquire advance weaponry.

“When we identify attempts to transfer advanced arms to Hezbollah, and we have intelligence information and we have the operational plan, we act to prevent it,” Netanyahu said. “That’s what happened and that’s what will happen.”

However, a Syrian Army officer denied that Hezbollah were even targeted in Palmyra, and rather only minor damage to defences were made.

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  1. So a possible scenario is that they had to abort their attack because the AA defence used all they had with Russian support. The planes possibly had to retreat into Israeli airspace and even activate Iron Dome to get rid of incoming missiles. I.e. all out war involving IAF and the Russian ground forces.

    • Αbort their attack , after reaching Palmyra??? Why not much earlier , crossing the border into Syria ??? Syria of course has much more advanced system available , the S 300. I think they intended to give heart to the ISIS troops in retreat around Palmyra , to make a stand. The Syrians ”held their fire” in check , to give Israelis a pause for thought. Second thoughts. They don’t want to give Israel an excuse to escalate the confrontation. And I don’t think the Syrians alone took the crucial decision, which system to deploy, at the crucial moment. Surely the Russian officers had their hand in it. This explains why the Israelis were hit on their return from Palmyra , rather than when firstly entering Syrian airspace. And this incident calls into question the absence of an integrated Lebanese-Syrian air defenses. It doesn’t make any sense to let the Israelis fly over Lebanon without harm , getting fired upon only when they enter Syrian airspace.

  2. Israel has not fought anyone coming close to being an equal on the ground since the Lebanon war and not in the air since the 67 war.

    I look forward to seeing many Israeli planes as wreckage if they continue to attack the SAA and its allies in the fight against ISIS and Al Nusra terrorism.

    I suppose the Israeli ‘ladyboy’ pilots will kill more civilians in Gaza now out of spite.

    • “Israel has not fought anyone coming close to being an equal on the ground since the Lebanon war and not in the air since the 67 war.”
      => Actually, they never fought an air war on equal ground and not fought on equal ground on the ground since 1949 due to the fact since, they simply are no match.

      “I look forward to seeing many Israeli planes as wreckage if they continue to attack the SAA and its allies in the fight against ISIS and Al Nusra terrorism.”
      => It wasn’t an attack against SAA : visibly, some Iranian cargo delivered Fateh-110 ballistic missiles at T4 airbase that were to be transferred to Lebanon. There visibly was some score to settle with some Hezbo old senior military leader near the border.
      The only things that got destroyed in the air were a ($3M) Arrow2 and a S-200. Syrians thought they had a splash against a F-16I.
      With the totally bonkers ECM F-16I has, I don’t see how a 50y old SAM could hit and S-200 was built to go after B-52, not for small aircraft. Actually, if SAA wants a chance to down Israelis, they should deploy Pantsir and Buk and… They know it very well!

      “I suppose the Israeli ‘ladyboy’ pilots will kill more civilians in Gaza now out of spite.”
      => Gaza is held by Hamas, a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot, like al-Nusra. They use the same kind of propaganda Nusra used in Aleppo and as them, they use human shields. Hamas is well known to have shot an ATGM against a schoolbus. Another mortar barrage was timed to coincide with the arrival of the paramedics, which delayed the evacuation. Actually, the bus was driving to the last spot of its tour, there was just one kid left. It took him 10 days of painful agony until passing away.
      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9f/Negevbus_03.jpg
      Hamas are the same scum al-Nusra or ISIS are. Don’t believe their lies, they’re the #1 Palestinian killers and even make money out from organ trafficking.