Israel Threatens To ‘Destroy’ Syrian Air Defense Systems

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Israel Threatens To ‘Destroy’ Syrian Air Defense Systems

Avigdor Lieberman. Source: REUTERS

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman threatened to destroy Syrian air defense systems after the Syrian military launched ground-to-air missiles against Israeli warplanes illegally carrying out strikes against targets in the country.

“The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation,” The Time Of Israel quoted Lieberman’s statement on Israeli public radio.

The Israeli Air Force delivered airstrikes in Syria last Friday, hitting some targets allegedly belonging to Hezbollah, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

However, the Israeli airstrikes were delivered near the ancient city of Palmyra which is located far away from the Israeli-Syrian or Israeli-Lebanese border. Palmyra was liberated from the ISIS terrorist group earlier in March and since then government forces, predominantly fighters of the Syrian army, have been conducting a large-scale operation against the terrorist group in its countryside.

In response to the Israeli actions, the Syrian military launched S-200 ground-to-air missiles and claimed that 1 Israeli warplane was downed and another one hit by them. The Israel Defense Forces argued that there were no any losses from the Israeli side. According to photo-evidence, at least one missile was intercepted by Israel’s Arrow missile defense system.

As the ISIS is heading to its collapse in Syria and Iraq, various regional and world power intensify their efforts to draw the shape of the new balance of power in the Middle East. The Israeli actions are an example of this situation.

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  • Solomon Krupacek

    The israeli ambassador in moscow was invited to lavrov because of this incident. what happend there?

  • mark123456

    The nerve on these pricks, ”we are operating illegally in their land and they shot at us with their SAMs …. how dare they?” Is basically what this israhell zio cunt minister is saying.

  • Kim Jong

    They are meshuggah but they wouldnt really start war with Russia. This would mark the end of “Israel”.

    • john mason

      This is all part of the plan to draw Russia and Iran into a war that will involve the US and then the US with her allies, Israel, Saudi and other Gulf states will attack Iran.

      • javier

        perhaps but that also means the end of israel

      • Luigi

        I think that too. Israel always said that is does everything it can to push the Sunnis against the Shiites and that the “balkanization” of Middle East would be good to Israel. After cleaning Mossul, Iran/Iraq will help Syria to clean the west side of the Euphrates and, if they succeed, the axis Hezbollah-Damascus-Baghdad-Tehran with the support of Moscow will be formed, destroying the Sunnis plan of building those gas pipelines in Syria. Israel and the Sunni axis will have to directly act to prevent that, which will cause a directy response from the Shiites. The war is just beginning.

        • Brad Isherwood
        • hhabana

          Then these stupid Muslim’s learn nothing. Use your brains and accept your differences and peace. The problem is these people have no education and their religion is their politics. Until they can separate the two, they will be forever enemies of themselves and world peace.

  • Gary Sellars

    Ziostani shekel-thieves have no shame…. oh, how the world shall rejoice when they are purged by fire and steel and blood…

  • χρηστος

    my question…why use the S-200 of the Syrian air defence?The Russians have advertised in the past the S-400 on Syria after the incident with Turkey and the Russian aircraft. They said they were ready for use and their range is huge.the distance the israeli pilots traveled inside Syria is such that it enables the air defence to calculate the best point to intercept.

    • john mason

      Because the S200 is doing the job and the S300/400 if they can not.

      • χρηστος

        ok but i hear about 1 plane downed and another damaged. if only 2 planes took part in the mission its a huge success. If not…why let the others escape

        • john mason

          To shoot down the other planes you would need to fire another 3 missiles. Those planes are traveling at around 700kph air speed at say 5000m or 550kph ground speed, they would be out of range very quickly.. To shoot down 1 and damage another is a good result if Syria only fired 3 missiles which I believe they did.

          • john mason

            The other point you make about tracking is that I believe that the Israelis used Lebanon but then traveled along the Jordanian border. Reason most likely that Syria did not react immediately is because they have not initiated a “no fly zone” which would justify shooting them down as soon as they crossed. Unfortunately Syria had to wait to see their intentions before they could justify through International Law their actions.

          • χρηστος

            ok…i think more to this story will apear soon

          • john mason

            Syria just shot down a Israeli spy drone caught spying on Syrian military movements. Agree, more to this than meets the eye.

    • Derapage

      Any S400 unit can load four different types missiles, 112 rockets. Their price are:

      40N6. Range, 400~ km. Cost probably between 2–5 million.
      48N6E2. Range, 200~ km. Cost probably between 1–2 million.
      9M96. Range, 120~ km. Cost probably between 0.5–1 million.
      9M96E. Range, 40~ km. Cost probably between 0.2-0.5 million.

      S400 units are displaced to Latakia so they had shoot the 48N6E2 vs Arrow 3. I believe that the missiles are intended only to protect the areas where the Russian aircrafts operate.

      (Source: https://www.quora.com/How-much-does-the-S-400-Triumf-cost)

      • χρηστος

        lets agree that they protect the Russian forces. But when you see on your screens 2 or more enemy aircrafts, how can you tell were they are going to hit?impossible….

        • Free man

          Israeli planes are not considered as “enemy/foe” by the Russians.

          • χρηστος

            how do they know that they are Israeli planes?due to their route?the Israelis are trustworthy you think?

          • Free man

            Air defense systems classify the various planes as “friend” or “enemy” , and respond accordingly. The “Friendly” planes transmit an agreed ID code. The Russian system in Syria classifies the Israeli planes as “friends”.

    • Random guy

      S400/300 is not operated by Syrian army. It is under Russian operation.

      • χρηστος

        exactly…how could the Russians know that there was no threat to their forces in advance?they didn’t. So they could locate the enemy airvrafts and just do nothing? Let the Syrians do the job? very calm aproach to the matter….

  • greatndit

    i wonder how russian weapon customer say about this incident…
    this made a very negative advertising effect on russian weapon, especially on air defence system…
    israel is shaming s-200 300 400 system, made them paper tiger

    • javier

      the scumbag israli jet was taken out

    • Mikey Harry Harris

      Umm. No. The Syrians used a 30-40 year old system and at the very minimum, got the Israeli’s attention in a big way.

    • ruca

      To sum up many of the correct (as I see it) comments, S-200 is Syrian, very old. S-300, S-400 are under Russian control. There is a very big difference in international outrage between Syria downing a kike jet, or if Russia had downed it. However, if F’nyahoo accidentally bombs Russian men or equipment, the group of the chosen lie had better hide.

    • greatndit

      so… its an ultra advanced aircraft vs ancient outdated anti aircraft missiles

  • Random guy

    Very tricky situation:
    Israel is wrong because they violated Syrian sovereignty.
    Israel is also right because Syrian government is incapable of taking care of terrorist group within its own territory.
    Very slippery slope.

    • Daniel Martin

      You mean the terrorist groups that Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey supports? Yes that is a hard task for the SAA to control especially when they have done so for the last five years and are low on manpower, hopefully this has changed now with the Russians and Iranian help, but i am also very confident that they will succeed in that process eventually and send the terrorists back to where they came from and to those who sponsored them in the first place.

      • Random guy

        no, I meant Hezbollah.

        • Daniel Martin

          I know you did.

          • Random guy

            oh, ok. Your question mark got me confused.

    • ruca

      Are you referring to Hezbollah as a terrorist group?

      • Random guy

        see below

    • John Brown

      No Random Israeli guy, Israel is wrong on both counts because Israel supports the terrorists groups ISIS and Ali CIA DA in Syria with weapons money and medical care.Terrorist who never attack Israel as Israel is their ally.

      See proof from Russia insider articles. Pictures of Israeli solders chumming with Al Cia Da. If the terrorists were a threat to Israel, why do they not attack Israeli soldiers when they are armed and standing right next to them?

      http://russia-insider.com/en/just-some-photographs-israeli-soldiers-hanging-out-islamic-extremists-syria/ri19253

      Just Some Photographs of Israeli Soldiers Hanging Out With Al-Qaeda in Syria

      Nothing to see here

      Richard Brandt Sat, Mar 18, 2017 | 7,856 60

      Not very strange bedfellows

      “Israel
      has been providing logistic support and medical assistance to
      opposition forces – including Jabhet al-Nusra terror organization –
      fighting President Bashar Assad.”

      We often quote this sentence from an Al-Masdar News report about Israeli support for Syria’s “moderate” rebels.

      It’s quite an inflammatory claim though. How could someone write something so insensitive?

      Maram Susli, also known as “Syrian Girl” (she’s amazing, and you should subscribe to her YouTube channel here), reminded us about

      https://twitter.com/Partisangirl/status/842842656191389696

      some cool IDF/Netanyahu Facebook photos:

      Shameful. Why won’t Assad show “restraint” when dealing with Israel?

      http://russia-insider.com/en/israeli-think-tank-isis-useful-tool-against-syria/ri19260http://russia-insider.com/en/israeli-think-tank-isis-useful-tool-against-syria/ri19260

      Israeli Policymakers: ISIS Is ‘Useful Tool’ Against Syria

      Honesty is the best policy

      Matthew Allen 9 hours ago | 752 9

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      ISIS serves a “strategic purpose” for Israel

      Sensible people all over the world had a good chuckle after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman insisted on Sunday that Israel “has no interest in intervening in the civil war in Syria, either in favor or against” Assad.

      The problem: Israeli policymakers have never hidden their support for Syria’s “moderate” rebels.

      Via Salon (yes, Salon!):

      According to a think tank that does contract work for NATO
      and the Israeli government, the West should not destroy ISIS, the
      fascist Islamist extremist group that is committing genocide and ethnically cleansing minority groups in Syria and Iraq.

      Why? The so-called Islamic State “can be a useful tool in
      undermining” Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and Russia, argues the think tank’s
      director.

      “The continuing existence of IS serves a strategic purpose,”
      wrote Efraim Inbar in “The Destruction of Islamic State Is a Strategic
      Mistake,” a paper published on Aug. 2.

      By cooperating with Russia to fight the genocidal extremist
      group, the United States is committing a “strategic folly” that will
      “enhance the power of the Moscow-Tehran-Damascus axis,” Inbar argued,
      implying that Russia, Iran and Syria are forming a strategic alliance to
      dominate the Middle East.

      Israel claims that its illegal airstrikes in Syria are targeting Hezbollah.

      But Moscow has repeatedly stated that
      Hezbollah has played a decisive role in combating ISIS and other
      terrorist groups in Syria — which makes Netanyahu’s tantrums about Iran
      and Hezbollah in Syria a bit of a joke.

      Shameful. Why won’t Assad show “restraint” when dealing with Israel?

      • Random guy

        sure, but what does it have to do with Hezbollah’s terrorism threat?

        • Oscar_Montelius

          What terrorism threat? Can you be specific?

          • Random guy

            Threat of terrorist attack from a terrorist organization.

            Honestly I don’t know how more specific i can be.

          • Oscar_Montelius

            What kind of terrorist attack, against whom? Do you know anything at all about Hezbollah? You do know that many people consider Hezbollah a resistance organisation and not a terrorist organisation?

          • Random guy

            there also are many people who think muslim is a nation

          • Oscar_Montelius

            You have been asked to provide some sort of evidence or justification for your assertion that Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation. You haven’t done so. I take that as evidence that you don’t know what you’re talking about.

          • Random guy

            Thank you your honour:))
            Search on internet mate, don’t be so lazy.

          • zman

            Apparently you know you are being disingenuous. You are asked who designated Hez as terrorists. You refuse to state the answer…which is Israel and US, the 2 biggest terrorist organizations in the world. To give validity to any accusations from these two is insanity, as they are pathological liars at best. Terrorist/Freedom fighter is in the eyes of the beholder. Everyone that is not in the Zionist camp are terrorists to Israel and US. Those who support KSA,US and Israel are freedom fighters. Now you only have to figure out who is really who and if you haven’t figured that out by now, there is no telling you, as the proof is in the head chopping and summary executions in the street. You must also believe that Iraq had oodles of WMDs…because the US said so.

          • Random guy

            Which is why I didn’t say Hezbollah is a terrorist organization just because US/Israel claim so.

            I don’t have a need for someone to tell me that milk is white in order to designate it in white color. I have my own mind.

          • Real Anti-Racist Action

            You have not been specific at all. You mean they are terrorist like George Washington and the Minute Men were terrorist?
            Like because the Empire was mad as hell that civilians were able to defend themselves against a superior foe?
            Empires always accuse those who are free of them as “terrorist” be default lol

          • Random guy

            Interpretation from different points of view will never provide consensus and will always be followed by the double-standards. Therefore to definition should be taken as the benchmark. If an individual/organization/state deliberately carries out attacks on civilian/non combatant with political reasons/purpose it is designated as terrorist act.

    • John Brown

      So its okay for Israel to support ISIS and Al CIA Da?????? Hezbollah
      would not even be in Syria if not for Israeli support of terrorism there
      and Hezbollah is fighting the terrorists in Syria so they are the good
      guys in Syria, unless you think ISIS and Al Cia da are the good guys as
      Israel does Israeli guy. Israel’s support for ISIS and Al Cia Da makes
      Israel a terrorist state and also implicates Israel in 911 along with
      Saudi Arabia who are also allies of Al Cia Da not Hezbollah.

      • Random guy

        Of course it is not. But it also doesn’t make it ok for others to support terrorists. Hezbollah might fight ISIS along with everyone else. But it doesn’t suddenly change its designation as a terrorist organization.

      • John Brown

        If Hezbollah are terrorists who have they attacked? When give dates times. They are not terrorists just because Israel says so you actually have to have some proof like there is lots of proof of ISIS and Al Cia Da being terrorists and Israel and Saudi Arabia working together supporting terrorism as they did on 911.

        If I were Israel and Saudi Arabia I would be very concerned that if their control of the USA government is ever broken they will like both be nuked by the USA.

  • Nuno Cardoso da Silva

    Maybe Iran should supply Syria with some of its domestically produced anti-aircraft missiles. It would be a good way to test how good they are and it would avoid involving Russia in any Syria-Israel conflict.

  • JerryOShea

    ISIS and all the ‘moderate’ rebels, US, Israel and Sausi backed are collapsing. They never attacked Israel cuz thats where they get funding from. However Israle does not want any pro-Iranian guys wandering around Syria. They have effectively closed down the Palestinian and lebanon problem. Syria may get a Israel land invasion next. Naturally US, Saudi Arabia and Israel will not take any refugee’s from the area they devestate and you will not hear the western media saying why not. Both the Russians and the USA have a common ground, destroy the EU as a single block which may threaten thier new capitalism.

  • FlorianGeyer

    Israel has been stealing land, bombing civilians and kicking Palestinian children around for far too long.
    Many billions of people in the world will likely rejoice when the Khazars get a very bloody nose.

    I know I will :)

  • Mikey Harry Harris

    If these are air launched missiles that the Israelis are using, would the Pantsir be effective as a point defense? I have read nothing about these being used yet.

  • John Brown

    This is the proof that Syria shot down one of the Israeli planes. If Syrian air defenses were useless against Israeli planes, Israel would not care what Syria did with it’s air defenses.

    • Terence Silvestre Jr.

      Yes sir. Is the main proof of that fact. If they lied about the purpose of their cowardly attack against the Syrian army in Palmira why they would not lie about their shameful loss so.

  • Jakke1899

    It looks like Israel is growing more nervous by the day, with Hezbollah likewise growing everyday, in size, material, experience and motivation. Some day the syrian war is going to end (all wars do!!!) and that Hezbollah will turn their attention once more towards “the chosen people”!

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    The Jews who live by the Talmud threaten to destroy all Goyim for simply being Goyim.
    So to those who know and understand the little racist minds of Jews, this is nothing new.
    Simply their own affirmations of their own bigotry from their own inbred bodies.

    • Free man

      The little Naz1 woke up.

  • 888mladen .

    Can South Front explain why’s John Brown’s post waiting for moderation. Is it a copyright issue or what? It casts a dark shadow over your website. It’s in your power to remove it.