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Israeli Official: Israel Air Force operations in Syria continued after S-300 delivery

A senior Israeli official put to rest worries that since Syria accidentally downed a Russian intel-gathering plane during an IAF attack on Iranian targets in Syria, the introduction of S-300 anti-aircraft missile batteries have not curtailed continued IDF operations.

By HERB KEINON

 

Israel has attacked targets in Syria since the downing of the Russian intelligence plane on September 18, a senior Israeli official said on Monday.

The official said that the military coordination with Moscow is continuing as it did before the downing of the plane, in which 15 Russian airmen lost their lives.

Israel’s Air Force F-35i ‘Adir’ dominates the skies of the mid-East.

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Countering Syria’s new S-300 missiles, Israel will use F-35i stealth fighters

Israel’s Army Radio reported that Israel will use its recently acquired F-35I ‘Adir’ aircrafts to counter escalated threat posed by Syria’s introduction of Russian S-300 missile systems into the area.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Israel will use the F-35I stealth fighter to attack Syria, Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) reported.

The decision comes after Syria began receiving on Tuesday its new S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system.

Russian Air Force transport planes unload newly acquired S-300 missile systems in Syria – Screenshot: Russian video release

The new system, sold to Syria by Russia, is intended to stop enemy planes – including Israeli planes – from attacking. Continue Reading »

Russia backsteps: No plans to sell Syria S-300 ground-to-air missiles

In a statement released just days after the Israeli Prime Minister’s meeting with Putin in Moscow and Israel’s massive airstrike in Syria, Moscow announced they are not planning any advanced S-300 missiles sales to Syria.

By Reuters

 

Russia is not in talks with the Syrian government about supplying advanced S-300 ground-to-air missiles and does not think they are needed, the Izvestia daily cited a top Kremlin aide as saying on Friday, in an apparent U-turn by Moscow.

Putin and Netanyahu in Moscow – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Facebook page

The comments, by Vladimir Kozhin, an aide to President Vladimir Putin who oversees Russian military assistance to other countries, follow a visit to Moscow by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, who has been lobbying Putin hard not to transfer the missiles. Continue Reading »

Israeli Defense Minister vows to strike Syria if missiles used against it

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, admits advanced Russian air defense systems are already deployed in Syria but have yet to act against Israel, warning, that should Syria use any advanced systems against IAF aircraft, Israel will retaliate hard.
– Lieberman also rejects the Hezbollah leader’s accusation that the Mossad killed their Arab scientists.

By Alexandra Lukash, Nir Cohen

 

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned Tuesday that if Syria uses Russian-made air defense missiles against Israel, the IDF will strike back.

“What’s important to us is that the defensive weapons the Russians are giving Syria won’t be used against us,” Lieberman told Ynet. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu to Putin: S-300 missile defense system in Syria is unacceptable

Israel outlines its ‘red line’ to Moscow in what Jerusalem sees as regional game-changer, vis-a-vis missile defense system allowed to be sent to Assad regime.

By Nitzan Keidar

 

Israel has sent a clear message to Russia in the past 24 hours that the sale of the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Syrian regime will cross a red line.

A political source who revealed the message in a conversation with Arutz Sheva stated that the message was conveyed following a Russian Defense Ministry announcement that Moscow was reconsidering the sale of arms to the Syrians following the joint attack on Syria by the US, Britain, and France Friday night. Continue Reading »

Russia acquiesces following request from Jerusalem, freezes Iran missile sale

 

Following Russian confirmation that Hezbollah has already gained possession of Iranian missiles not intended for them, Moscow has accepted diplomatic requests by Israel to freeze controversial sale of heavy anti-air missiles to Iran.

By David Rosenberg

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has frozen missiles bound for Iran amid Israeli protest of the sale, the Kuwaiti paper Al-Jarida reports.

Russian S-300 missile systems – Reuters

According to the report, an order of S-300 heavy surface-to-air missiles purchased by Iran has been put on hold by the Russian leader following talks with Israeli officials.

Israel criticized the sale, claiming that at least some of the S-300 missiles would likely fall into the hands of the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon. Continue Reading »

Russia’s Removal of S-300 Missile Ban to Iran was Decision of Principle, not Practice

Tass media in Moscow cites Russia’s deputy FM as saying gesture alone of removing weapons sales ban was important but no transfer of advanced weaponry is expected in near future.

By REUTERS

 

MOSCOW – Supplying Iran with Russian S-300 missile defense systems is not a matter of the nearest future, TASS news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying on Thursday.

S-300 mobile missile launching systems – Photo: REUTERS

“It is more important that a political and legal decision, which opens up such a possibility, is taken,” Sergei Ryabkov, a deputy foreign minister, said according to TASS.

On Tuesday, US President Barack Obama warned that the United States could “penetrate” Iran’s S-300 supply if Russia sold the advanced missile defense system to the Islamic Republic. Continue Reading »

Russia lifts weapons ban to Iran with promise of S-300 anti-missile rocket system

Iran’s Defense Minister praises Moscow’s decision to cancel embargo on shipment of the advanced S-300 anti-missile rocket systems to his country.

By Elad Benari

 

Iran’s Defense Minister, Hossein Dehqan, on Monday welcomed Russia’s decision to lift a ban on the delivery of S-300 anti-missile rocket systems to his country, claiming the decision would help maintain stability in the region.

S-300 missile defense batteries – Reuters

“The expansion of cooperation [with Russia] and improving cooperation with other neighboring countries in various fields can be very effective in establishing sustainable stability and security in the region,” Dehqan said, according to Iran’s PressTV. Continue Reading »

After threat from terrorist group, Jerusalem warns Lebanon to control Hezbollah

 

Lebanon lodges formal protest with UN over alleged Israeli attack claiming airstrike on (smuggled Hezbollah advanced) missile system is a serious violation of 2006 ceasefire agreement.

By Roi Kais

 

Israel is treating Hezbollah’s threat to retaliate to an alleged Israeli airstrike from last Monday seriously.

S-300 anti-air missile system mounted on a trailer [Archive] – Photo: Reuters

S-300 anti-air missile system (launcher) mounted on a trailer [Archive] – Photo: Reuters

The Lebanese paper Al Nahar reported that Israel has raised its level of alertness along the border and have sent the Lebanese government a message according to which it views it as responsible for any retaliation launched by Hezbollah from Lebanon. Continue Reading »

Syrian rebels claim Israel Air Force took out Assad’s S-300 battery

Free Syrian Army reported an IAF air strike destroyed the regime’s warehouse storing Russian anti-aircraft missiles and launchers.

Syria’s al-Haqiqa website says explosion at the Latakia arms depot was also executed by Israel, destroying Syrian Army’s Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles.

By Daniel Siryoti, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff

 

The Free Syrian Army claimed Monday that the Israel Air Force had destroyed a warehouse holding Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles east of the city of Homs in western Syria. The rebels’ claim has not been corroborated by any other independent source.

Netanyahu Informs Putin: We will Destroy the S-300s

Israel’s PM warns the Russian President that their weapons to Syria can not, and will not, be allowed to become operational.

By Maayana Miskin

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hinted in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that if Russia sends S-300 missiles to Syria, Israel will destroy them before they become operational. So reports Maariv based on reports from diplomatic sources who were updated regarding the meeting between the two leaders.

Netanyahu’s language reportedly was echoed by National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror, who told EU diplomats that Israel would prevent Russian S-300s delivered to Syria from becoming operational.

Those present at the meeting were reportedly “shocked” by Netanyahu’s bold language in speaking to the leader of a world power. Continue Reading »

Assad skips questions about Russian S-300 missile delivery to Syria

In an interview on Hezbollah-affiliated TV station, embattled regime leader seemed to contradict previous claim that Syria had taken delivery of Russian air defense systems.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a television interview broadcast Thursday that Russia has fulfilled some of its weapons contracts recently, but was vague on whether this included advanced S-300 air defense systems

President Bashar Assad

President Bashar Assad speaking during an interview on Syrian state television. – Photo: AP

Assad’s actual comments differed from excerpts the TV station conducting the interview had sent to reporters in a text message on Thursday morning.

In that message, the Al-Manar station owned by the Lebanese militia Hezbollah quoted Assad as saying Syria had already received a first shipment of such missiles. Continue Reading »

Moscow to arm Assad with S-300 missiles to prevent ‘foreign’ (Israeli) intervention

Top Russian official says Russia will commence with sale of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Assad’s army.

Israeli Defense Minister Ya’alon says that if advanced weapon systems reach Syria, Israel will respond.

By , Gili Cohen and Reuters

A top Russian diplomat confirmed that Moscow will provide Syria with state-of-the art air defense missiles to prevent foreign intervention in the country

A Russian S-300 in Moscow.

A Russian S-300 in Moscow. – Photo: AP

 

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov wouldn’t say whether Russia has shipped any of the long-range S-300 air defense missile systems, but added that Moscow isn’t going to abandon the deal despite strong Western and Israeli criticism. Continue Reading »

Israel Air Force chief: Russian S-300 missiles en route to Assad

Maj. Gen Eshel stresses ‘military faces real scenario of confrontation on multiple fronts’, saying Syria’s arming ‘will produce confidence & aggressive behavior’.

Yoav Zitun

Air Force Commander Major General Amir Eshel said Wednesday that S-300 advanced missile defense system will soon land in the hands of the Syrian army.

Amir Eshel Photo: Ofer Amram

Amir Eshel – Photo: Ofer Amram

Speaking at a convention in Herzliya, Eshel added “there is a clear understanding that such capabilities will produce confidence and aggressive behavior.”

“Aerial superiority is a condition to win and win quickly, and is of great strategic importance. The other side understands that well, which is why Assad, with his low budget, has invested billions into purchasing antiaircraft missiles.”

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Israeli air strikes expected on Russian S-300 shipment to Hezbollah

 

WSJ reports: Another set Israeli airstrikes could target a new Russian transfer of Yakhont advanced anti-ship missiles if given to Hezbollah

Russia expediting delivery of its S-300 surface-to-air defense systems to Syria

CIA Director John Brennan in Jerusalem to discuss recent events.

By Shlomo Cesana, David Baron, Daniel Siryoti & Israel Hayom staff

U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday that another round of Israeli airstrikes could target a new Russian transfer of advanced anti-ship missiles in the near future. Israeli and Western intelligence services believe the Yakhont missiles, which have been sold by Russia to Syria in recent years, could be transferred to Hezbollah within days, the newspaper reported on its website Friday.

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