This morning Iran brazenly violated Israel's sovereignty. This is necessary because of the activity of both the Israeli and Russian air forces over Syria. It has taken its aerial superiority for granted and built its strategy on it.
Syria acknowledged the Israeli attacks on sites within its borders but denied that any of its drones had entered Israeli airspace. The incident was sparked by what Israel said was an Iranian drone infiltrating its air space.
A Turkish helicopter was shot down as the country continued its offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.
A spokesman for Iran's Supreme National Security Council said Syria's response was "a clear warning to Israel".
Why is what happened Saturday different from previous Israeli strikes?
Israel would not confirm whether its aircraft was actually shot down by enemy fire, which would mark the first such instance for Israel since 1982 during the first Lebanon war. An Israeli F-16 was subsequently shot down. But is Israel really looking for a fight? In this iteration of attacks, the target was more sensitive.
Israeli aircraft then attacked Syrian and "Iranian targets in Syria", the military says.
Israel is calling on the United Nations Security Council to denounce Iran's dispatching of a drone into Israeli territory. Israel called it a "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty". Israel military said it struck Iranian targets in Syria that launched the drone.
Which came to naught when the Syrian air defense comfortably acquired a radar lock on the Israeli F-16 (reportedly known in Israel as Sufa) and sent it down in flames and smoke.
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This generally successful strategy has since collapsed. The stated targets included three air defense batteries and a base belonging to the Syrian army's 4th Division on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus.
The testing of Israel's defenses is the reason for the initial denial by official Iran that the UAV had entered Israeli airspace. Nor should the Trump administration's reluctance to act tough with Russian Federation in Syria.
Israeli military said it was "monitoring events" and was "fully prepared for further action". However, they are either kidding the public or themselves.
Former Syrian lawmaker and political commenter Sharif Shehade said the anti-aircraft fire marked a political decision in Syria to respond to Israeli strikes, and that tensions would continue to rise unless Washington and Moscow intervened to calm the situation. In 1967 Israel won a historic military victory over the Arab states facilitated by complete air superiority.
It says that during the attack anti-aircraft missiles were fired toward Israel, triggering alarms that were heard in northern Israel.
But, he argues, it is not in Israel's interest to escalate the conflict. It struggled to win the war and its strategic standing plummeted as a result.
"Security Council members must not stand idly by while Iran is instigating unsafe escalations and violating Security Council", he said. The war will likely involve Hezbollah firing barrages of missiles at Israeli population centers, daring the Israeli military to neutralize fire by sending ground forces into entrenched and booby-trapped positions primarily located underground. He said the sound of Syrian anti-aircraft missiles is louder than usual. However, Israel also had little reason to support IS or al-Qaeda-aligned Islamist groups that became the Syrian government's primary rivals.