The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) will continue to strike targets in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on September 25 after a special security cabinet meeting and brief the ministers on the recent events triggered by the Russian IL-20 shootdown on September 17.
“Israel has been very successful in the last three years in preventing Iran’s military buildup in Syria as well as its attempts to deliver lethal weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon,” Netanyahu stated before departing for New York where he plans to meet with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
The prime minister also repeated Iraeli attempts to put blame on Syria for the IL-20 incident.
“Since the tragic events in the Syrian skies, I have spoken twice with President Putin, expressing deep sorrow about the loss of lives of the Russia crew on the plane, that was irresponsibly shot down by Syrian fire,” Netanyahu said.
On September 24, Russian Defense Minister Shoigu announced that Russia will supply Syria with an S-300 air defense system as well as employ other measures to boost the country’s air defense capabilities. The defense minister’s statement came amid in response to what Russia described as Israeli “hostile actions”, which led to the IL-20 shootdown off the Syrian coast.
Russia says that the Israeli behaviour and actions of F-16 pilots, who were using the IL-20 as cover from Syrian air defense fire led to the incident. Thus, Tel Aviv is the side responsible for it.