DAMASCUS/JERUSALEM, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Israel will face “more surprises” should it again conflict Syrian territory, Damascus pronounced on Tuesday, after Syria’s atmosphere defences shot down an modernized Israeli warplane during a fiercest flare-up between a aged foes in 36 years.
The F-16 jet was strike over northern Israel on Saturday as it returned from a raid on a Syrian position blamed for rising an Iranian-made worker opposite a border. Iran is ancillary President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s nearby seven-year polite war.
“Have full certainty a invader will be severely surprised, given it suspicion this fight – this fight of rubbing Syria has been unprotected to for years – had done it unqualified of opposed attacks,” Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Sussan said.
“God willing, they will see some-more surprises whenever they try to conflict Syria,” Sussan pronounced during a Damascus news conference.
The downed F-16 was a initial warplane Israel has mislaid to rivalry glow given a 1982 Lebanon war. Its two-man organisation survived, with injuries, after bailing out of a stricken jet.
Israel retaliated by destroying around half of Syria’s anti-aircraft batteries, according to an initial criticism common with Reuters by an Israeli central who requested anonymity.
Israel has pronounced it will press forward with missions in Syria, where it has launched scores of sorties opposite suspected arms transfers to Iranian-sponsored Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.
“There are no limitations, and nor do we accept any limitations,” Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told reporters during a debate of Israel’s limit with Syria and Lebanon.
“We will continue to urge a critical confidence and other interests. And we would like to counterfeit a obvious saying: ‘This is not a time to bark, this is a time to bite.’”
Tehran’s impasse in Syria, including a deployment of Iran-backed army nearby a Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, has dumbfounded Israel. It has also has indicted Iran of building precision-guided barb factories for Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Syria and Hezbollah distinguished a F-16 shoot-down as a blow to Israeli troops superiority. Israel’s Army Radio pronounced on Tuesday that investigators believed commander blunder – rather than Syrian capabilities – were especially during error for a F-16’s disaster to hedge what was substantially an aged SA-5 missile.
Israeli troops orator declined to criticism on that report, observant a review was ongoing.
Saturday’s occurrence influenced adult serve questions in Israel about a efficacy of a coordination resource set adult with Russia, that has also been reinforcing and defending Assad’s army.
Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to a flare-up by propelling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to equivocate escalation in Syria. Moscow pronounced on Monday it did not have information to support Israel’s claim about an Iranian troops participation in a site inebriated for rising a drone.
Zeev Elkin, a Russian-speaking Israeli cupboard apportion who serves as Netanyahu’s interpreter in a talks with Putin, shielded a coordination resource on Tuesday as extenuation Israel “freedom of movement in a skies above Lebanon and Syria”.
“I don’t consider a Russians ever affianced that they would take troops movement opposite a Iranians and a Syrians for us,” Elkin told Israel Radio.
“We are going one-on-one opposite a Syrians. We don’t need assistance from a Russians. We know how to understanding with Syrian anti-aircraft fire, as everybody eventually saw.” (Reporting by Kinda Makieh in Damascus, Dan Williams in Jerusalem and Vladimir Soldatkin in Moscow, Writing by Tom Perry, Editing by William Maclean)
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