Russian Federation summoned the Israeli ambassador to demand an explanation for Israel's air raids in Syria last week, Moscow has confirmed, as a second incident was reported blaming an Israeli drone for a targeted killing of a senior pro-Assad fighter. Several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria following the mission and IDF Aerial Defense Systems intercepted one of the missiles.
The Israel Defense Forces is not commenting on the alleged air strike, neither confirming nor denying the Syrian reports.
The Israeli analysts pointed out that Syria President Bashar Assad is directly supported by Hezbollah, Iran and Russian Federation and feels that he can intensify the confrontation with the Zionist entity.
Israel has leverage with Russian Federation because its desire to promotes its image as a global power is far outweighed by its hopes that the United States will step in to reclaim the position, said Zvi Magen, the former Israeli ambassador to Russian Federation and Ukraine.
"Syria's forceful response to the Israeli attacks changed the rules of the game", Syria's ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said on Syrian state TV on Sunday.
Ambassador Gary Koren was called for discussions at the ministry last Friday, the official said.
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Days after the Syrian army claimed to have downed an Israeli jet, Israel's defense minister on Sunday threatened to "destroy" Syrian air defense systems in case of any future encounters.
Israel says forces loyal to Syrian dictator Assad (pictured) fired missiles at some of their jets during the raids. The planes were not hit, but the Arrow missile system was deployed and intercepted one of the Syrian missiles north of Jerusalem.
"That's something that Hezbollah would like to know too", he says with a laugh.
Outside of the recent rhetoric, however, what has been fast emerging in recent months is that Israel may have badly misjudged the potential outcome of the Syrian war. Israel estimates that Hezbollah has thousands of more reserve fighters than it did in 2006.
He said David's Sling, meant to counter medium-range missiles possessed by Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, will be operational in early April, marking the completion of the system.