BOILING POINT: Syria Threatens ISRAEL with 'Surprise' Attacks

UN officials Church leaders decry escalating situation in Syria

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday, 28 Shevat, addressed weekend events between Israel and Syria, the Israeli shooting down of an Iranian-built drone in Israeli airspace and Syria's firing at and downing an F-16i.

Iran's involvement in Syria includes the deployment of Iran-backed forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, which has alarmed Tel Aviv.

For few hours, it appeared that a major showdown was about to be unleashed. Russia's Putin took advantage of the Obama administrations reluctance to confront the Russian buildup in Syria.

Responding to the incident on Saturday night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had said that Israel would do "whatever is necessary" to protect its sovereignty.

Israel released footage of the moment its forces downed the drone, but the deputy commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Hossein Salami declined to confirm the report. Returning home, an F-16 was hit and crashed, unleashing the most devastating Israeli attack in decades on Syria. "The alleged incursion was used as the pretext for Israeli strikes on what it described as Iranian targets in Syria [emphasis added]". By one account almost 20 Russian made missile were fired at Israeli planes.

In September 2015, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed the hope that Israel would cease to exist in the near future. These actions prove that Israel is ready and able to couple its warnings with force, to make the other parties pay a real price. During the attack, Syrian air defense managed to shoot down an Israeli aircraft, also for the first time. And last week Russia and the Damascus regime condemned a US-led coalition airstrike against government loyal militias, which may have included Russian and Iranian advisers, near Deir Ezzor. He cut deals for "de-escalation zones" in northern and southern Syria with Turkey and the United States, then allowed Syrian and Iranian forces to shred them.

Netanyahu said he had spoken to Russia's Vladimir Putin and that they agreed Israel-Russia military coordination in regard to Syria would continue.

So the question now is what happens next?




Iran and Russian Federation have repeatedly called the worldwide community to pay respect to the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria which both have been undermined by interventions from Saudi Arabia, US, Zionist regime, and some other countries which opposed Assad's alignment with Iran.

"Part of the remains of the UAV the #Iranians tried to sneak into Israel", Conricus tweeted Sunday, along with a photo of the drone's debris. It is now a matter of when rather than if. The Assad regime and its Iranian supporters are afraid that Turkey aims at having a permanent presence inside Syria. Finally, the Iranian people's protests against their government's economic mismanagement at home and adventurism overseas indicate that the regime should be wary of increasing its commitments in Syria.

"We are entering a stage in which it's likely we'll see more clashes between Israel and Iranian forces", Zalzberg told the Guardian.

Six people were killed in the strikes, including four non-Syrians fighting with the regime and two Syrian soldiers, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor.

Russian Federation must collaborate to defuse a handful of flashpoints that could easily lead to a massive regional war.

It says that during the attack anti-aircraft missiles were fired toward Israel, triggering alarms that were heard in northern Israel. Moreover, the USA, whose strategy in Syria remains vague, must define its priorities.

But even before this latest Iranian provocation, the Russian death toll was starting to creep up.

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