The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have continued attacks on targets in Syria even since the downing of the Russian Il-20 military plane in the war-torn country on September 17, Reuters reported on October 29 citing “a senior Israeli official”.
“The IDF have attacked in Syria, including after the downing of the Russian plane. Military coordination with the Russians continues as before,” Reuters quoted “the senior official, who could not be named” as saying.
The “senior Israeli official” did not provide further details.
Reuters’ report already became widely popular among mainstream media outlets, including their Israeli segment. The report gained a special attention because in late September Russia supplied S-300 air defense systems to the Syrian Armed Forces and started contributing additional efforts to assist the Syrian military in establishing a united air defense network in the country.
So, in fact, Reuters’ “anonymous” source alleged that the Israeli Air Forces had bombed Syria despite the S-300 delivery. The problem of this version is that no evidence were provided to confirm this claim. Furthermore, Syrian military sources say that no Israeli strikes on targets in Syria have been observed since the IL-20 incident.
The Reuters report is most likely an attempt by the Israeli military to save its face in light of the cosntant criticism faced by the IDF after the Il-20 incident. Some sources even speculated that the IDF is “scared” to strike Syria after the S-300 delivery. While these claims are for sure untrue and the Israeli military is likely fiercely preparing to carry out a fresh series of attacks on Iranian targets in the war-torn country, every day of the delay of such actions is seen by pro-Israeli media and politicians as a major PR setback.