It was reported Thursday that Israel shot down a Syrian drone over the Golan Height, a report that was confirmed by Israel Defense forces. The drone was shot down just a day after Israel launched an airstrike on a Hezbollah target in Syria which happened to be close to Damascus International Airport.
Apparently, the strike didn’t go over too well with Syria which leads us to this current situation. Israel spokespersons have stated that the strikes were in-line with Israel policies.
According to Conservative Fighters:
Israel’s patriot missile system shot down a drone over the Golan heights Thursday, the Israeli Defense Forces announced Thursday. The shoot down follows a reported Israeli airstrike on a Hezbollah target near Damascus International Airport Wednesday. The strike hit weapons freshly ferried from Iran for the Lebanese terrorist group who is fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. Israel has not confirmed the strike and usually does not acknowledge its airstrikes inside Syria.
Initial report: The Patriot Aerial Defense System intercepted a target above the Golan Heights.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) April 27, 2017
The Syrian aircraft’s penetration of Israeli airspace could trigger another military strike from Israel. When Syria fired an anti-aircraft missile into Israel in late March, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared to Israeli media, “The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation.”
The strike falls in line with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu statement in March when he promised: “when we identify attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and we have intelligence and it is operationally feasible, we act to prevent it.”
“I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran. Naturally, I don’t want to elaborate on this,” said Intelligence Minister Israel Katz to Israeli Army Radio.
“The prime minister [Netanyahu] has said that whenever we receive intelligence that indicated an intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, we will act,” he added.
Of course, when you mess with Syria, you can bet Russia won’t be far behind. Moscow had this to say:
The Russian Foreign ministry on Thursday criticized any “aggression” against Syria, without pinning blame for the Damascus airport incident on any party.
“Moscow condemns acts of aggression against Syria” and calls on everyone to “act within the framework of respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria,” spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
Assad had some very interesting words about Israel that is downright laughable.
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad accused Israel of “supporting terrorists” after the Wednesday strike. Assad is aligned with the Islamic Republic of Iran, who actively sponsors the Hezbollah terrorist organization.
Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan meanwhile condemned the strikes, saying in an interview with RT that they “help terrorists.”
“The Syrian state and its army are progressing. They are advancing and gaining territories from the terrorists,” the official told RT while on a visit to Moscow. “When it becomes worse for the terrorists, the strikes follow, bringing them a message saying: ‘We are defending and protecting you, so don’t worry and if it’s necessary we’ll intervene.’ In my opinion, those operations help terrorists.”
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) April 27, 2017
It’s ironic that Syria would accuse Israel of supporting terrorism when the whole world knows Syria is a breeding ground for terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and ISIS. It is yet to be seen how this situation further develops but Israel is not taking any chances against the dangerous regime.