Israel Fires Patriot Missile at Drone Coming From Syria

Israel will not ‘rule out’ ties with Syrian govt – Defence minister

Israel will not ‘rule out’ ties with Syrian govt – Defence minister

A Syrian drone infiltrated Israeli airspace Wednesday and was shot down by a Patriot missile fired by IDF aerial defense units in the north of Israel.

The IDF said the Syrian drone was flown into Israel through Jordan. The army said it will "not allow any violation of Israeli airspace and will act against any attempt to hurt our civilians". The Netanyahu government is detemined to keep fighters loyal to Assad and to Iran out of the Syrian Golan border area near Israel.

Israel attacks Syrian targets, July 11, 2018.

The Israeli Defence Force tweeted early on Thursday morning to confirm they had targeted "three military posts" in Syria earlier that evening.

But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, briefing Israeli reporters during a visit to Moscow, signalled that Israel would not act against President Bashar al-Assad in his efforts to regain control in Syria, while working to ensure Iranian forces who support him quit the country.

In a related context, Shoygu called on Israel and Iran to exercise restraint, saying that a military confrontation between Israel and Iran in Syria would lead to instability in the region.

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He added that Israel expects Syria to strictly observe a 1974 deal that set out a demilitarized zone along their frontier and limited the number of forces each side can deploy within 25 kilometers (15 miles) of the zone.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu met with Russian envoys Alexander Lavrentiev and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin, in Jerusalem, reiterating again Israel's objection to an Iranian presence in Syria.

Russia, whose 2015 intervention in the Syrian civil war turned the tide in Assad's favor, has largely turned a blind eye to repeated Israeli air strikes in Syria targeting suspected Iranian or Hezbollah emplacements and arms transfers.

Under Assad's family rule, Syria held direct negotiations with Israel in the United States in 2000 and indirect talks mediated by Turkey in 2008.

"We chose to bring with us two wonderful children who are bravely fighting cancer: Mika, whom my wife and I have known for nine years, and Alon, whose parents emigrated from Russian Federation and who likes soccer very much". Israel captured much of the strategic plateau in the 1967 war with Syria and annexed it in a move not recognised internationally.

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