IAF Jets Evade Missiles While Conducting Airstrike in Syria
His threat comes after Syria fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli military jets overnight Thursday into Friday. Moreover, the Syrian army has repeatedly seized huge quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from the foreign-backed militants inside Syria.
Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria early yesterday, prompting retaliatory missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.
In the summer of 2006, Israel and Hezbollah fought a devastating war in Lebanon that killed almost 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and about 160 Israelis, mostly troops.
"At no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or the IAF aircraft compromised", the statement added.
However, Arrow is created to intercept long-range ballistic missiles high in the stratosphere, so it remained unclear why the system would have been used in this particular incident.
The exchange of fire took place in the middle of the night with air raid sirens in the Israeli-occupied Jordan valley and reports of an explosion, which was later clarified as one of the missiles being brought down by Israeli air defences. Speaking on public radio on Sunday Lieberman said: "The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation".
Israeli fighter jets at dawn Friday struck a number of targets in next-door Syria, according to the Israeli military. The group is sworn to Israel's destruction, and fired thousands of rockets into Israel during a monthlong war in 2006. The jets, according to the statement, "hit Syrian military positions east of Homs, towards Palmyra".
"This flagrant attack comes to show the Zionist enemy's support to the terrorists gangs of the Islamic State, and a desperate attempt to lift their collapsed morale", the statement contended.
"Our policy is very consistent".
Observers saw Russian Federation summoning the ambassador as a message from Moscow echoing its control over Syria or areas that are still under the control of Bashar al Assad.
Israeli media said one missile was intercepted by the Arrow system north of Jerusalem.
Over the past five years, Israeli jets have from time-to-time struck what Israeli military analysts describe as weapons caches and convoys of arms being transferred from Syrian stockpiles to the Lebanon-based Shiite militia Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy fighting alongside troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.