Israel reportedly launches strike on Syria as tensions rise

Cheryl Sanders
March 20, 2017

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon rejected his Syrian counterpart's assertions that Israel supports terrorist groups in Syria.

Lieberman said he did not wish "to interfere in the Syrian civil war or provoke a confrontation with the Russians" but that Israel's security would remain his top priority. Israel's Arrow anti-missile defense system was launched, shooting down one of the missiles north of Jerusalem.

This is largely in keeping with Israel's own narrative on the Syrian Civil War, despite the pretense of neutrality.

The Israeli military said it used an Arrow-2 on Friday to destroy an anti-aircraft missile fired from Syria after Israeli aircraft carried out strikes there.

"Each time we discover arms transfers from Syria to Lebanon we will act to stop them".

President al-Assad affirmed that what is going on in Syria is a conflict among countries that want to maintain the worldwide law, mainly Russian Federation and China, and others that violate this law through their support to terrorist groups and interference in the internal Syrian affairs. It marked the first time Israel had used the Arrow missile, which has been jointly developed with the USA over years to defend against long-range missiles from Iran.

He said he believed Assad responded more strongly this time because he feels increasingly confident.

Syria President Bashar al-Assad received on Monday a Russian-European joint parliamentary delegation headed by Russian State Duma Deputy Chairman Vladimir Vasilyev.

Putin is unlikely to be persuaded by Israel's entreaties to rein in one of his allies, said Eyal Zisser, a professor of political science at Tel Aviv University.

Israel seized most of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981, in a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

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