Assad sees key Russian Federation role after Syria-Israel strikes

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Israeli ambassador to demand an explanation for Israel's airstrikes near Palmyra in Syria last week, Moscow has confirmed. Earlier on Monday, media reported that Koren was summoned for a second time.

The Israel Defense Forces is not commenting on the alleged air strike, neither confirming nor denying the Syrian reports.

But Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman says forces loyal to Syrian dictator Assad fired missiles at some of their jets during the raids.

Syria's military launched anti-aircraft missiles at the attackers and said it had downed an Israeli plane and hit another as they carried out pre-dawn strikes near the desert city of Palmyra.

That includes the Arrow, created to intercept long-range ballistic missiles in the stratosphere with an eye on Iran, and Iron Dome, which defends against short-range rockets from Gaza.

"We have no interest in interfering in the Syrian civil war, not for nor against (President Bashar) Assad, and we have no interest in clashing with the Russians", Liberman said.

'The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation, ' Lieberman said yesterday. Those attacks haven't been challenged by Syria, for the most part.

The Zionist air strikes on Syria may endanger the occupation entity and must be reconsidered, a conclusion drawn by a number of Israeli analysts who asserted that the Syrian response during any upcoming operation might be stronger.

David's Sling, developed and manufactured jointly by Israel's state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd and the U.S. Raytheon Co, would likely be used to intercept projectiles fired by the Iranian-backed Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah, which last fought a war with Israel in 2006.

"We need to ask: Will Russia accept the continuation of Israeli activity in Syria, or will it decide to put an end to it?" he said.

  • Rogelio Becker