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'Agents' in Syria said to transfer fallen anti-aircraft rocket to Israel

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Melinda Barton | 16 February, 2018, 02:32

14 claimed its air defenses have forced Israeli surveillance planes to vacate Syrian airspace.

Tensions between the two countries have increased rapidly since an Israeli F-16 jet was shot down over Syria by Syrian air defenses.

Now, with the Iranian-led axis approaching a victory against Sunni rebels in the Syrian war, Iranians are losing patience with Israel's campaign to stop their takeover of Syria.

Speaking at a Tel Aviv conference on Wednesday, Israel's Defense Minister stressed that Israel will do everything in its power to prevent Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria.

To recap, following the emergence of the ISIL as a force to reckon with after the group captured large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in mid-2014, a US -led global coalition emerged to coordinate operations against it in the region. The intervention by Russian Federation and Iran assured that not only would Assad win the war, but survive to continue ruling after.

An Iranian drone was destroyed a minute and a half after it flew into Israeli airspace last Saturday.

Iran favors peace in the delicate Middle East region and stability of its neighboring countries, Qassemi said, highlighting Tehran's efforts to counter terrorism and destabilizing threats in the region. It was the first time that an Arab - in this case a Syrian one - air defence system supplied by Russian Federation down an Israeli plane in the last 30 years.

But Netanyahu has also criticized Iran's regional aggression, its human rights record and its role in Syria's civil war. But once a country becomes the venue for broader worldwide conflict, resolution can become downright impossible.

When asked whether Israel will strike in Syria again, Lieberman replied, "Just keep following reports on foreign media". Israel answered quickly, shooting down the drone and then sending F-16 fighter jets into Syria to take out the command centre that launched the drone.

On the same day of the downing of the Israeli fighter plane, the US State Department issued a statement that nearly surprised Middle East watchers by its sheer blind siding with Israel. The meeting dealt with Israeli concerns, very exaggerated, over what the Israelis see as the expansion of Iranian military presence in Syria in the future, once the guns fall silent.

In reality, this is the last thing the Iran and Hezbollah want.

There have been several allegations of chemical weapons attacks in Ghouta and Idlib, and in the Afrin district on the border with Turkey, he added.

Israel fears poison gas could spread to Israel if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons against rebels near the Golan Heights.

The Lebanese movement "Hezbollah" can arm themselves with modern weapons, but it is not ready to start another devastating war with Israel, which could spill over to Lebanon. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (has) affirmed that the USA seeks not only to ensure its allies" security but to deny Iran its "dreams of a northern arch' from Tehran to Beirut. But while Israel's interests are clear, what would be the US vital interest? Every time that Secretary Tillerson is going to go to the Middle East, he's not going to be able to hit every single country.

As the Syrian civil war gradually lumbers on towards an expected but still out-of-reach end, the conflicting interests of state and non-state actors continue to poison the situation and push the end further away.