On September 23, the Israeli military rejected the Russian statement that it is responsible for the downing of the Il-20 intelligence plane on September 17 and insisted that the coordinate mechanism with Russia was used properly prior to the incident.
“The deconfliction mechanism operated in the relevant timeframe (as it has been operating over the last two and a half years,” the Israeli military said in an official statement.
Furthermore, the Israeli military repeated its claims that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) warplanes were in Israeli airspace at the time of the downing of the Russian plane. The Israeli military went on to blame Syria for the incident once again and vowed to continue its operations against Iranian forces in the war-torn country.
“The IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] will continue to operate in accordance with the directives of the Israeli Government against Iran’s incessant attempts to establish itself in Syria and to arm the terrorist organization Hezbollah with lethal and accurate weapons,” the Israeli military statement reads.
Earlier, the Ministry of Defense of Russia released a radar map that proves IAF warplanes hide behind the Il-20 before it was hit by Syrian air defense fire. The ministry also confirmed that Israel informed it only one minute ahead of the airstrike and provided false info about the location of the target.
The radar map released by the Russian MoD shows that that Israel lied about the location of its warplanes during the incident.
slide that was shared at the Russian presser of the air traffic on 17 Sep 2018 at 21:40 local (18:40UTC) looks plausible. shown in green, MEA430 flying at FL350 (10.6km altitude), FBA911 at about 7.9km and tagged in yellow (=”Unknown”) QTR401 (C015) at 10.7km pic.twitter.com/4eAqZ2nAsT
— Samir (@obretix) September 23, 2018
Israel’s refusal to recognize its mistake and its insistence on conducting new attacks will likely lead to more tension with Russia. The situation may escalate further if Israel launches new attacks without improving the de-escalation mechanism with Russia.