Threats

Syria

The Syrian civil war between President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces, including ISIS, has been ongoing since 2011. Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia are all on the ground in Syria fighting to support the Syrian regime against ISIS and many other rebels. This confluence of several different enemies, some religious radicals and others secular, has produced a muddy conflict with no good possible outcomes. Israel, on Syria’s southern border, has stayed out of the war except for occasional targeted strikes when Israel’s security was threatened, and humanely treating those wounded in the conflict. On February 10, 2018, Iranian forces stationed in Syria invaded Israel’s air space with a drone, provoking Israel to respond by shooting the UAV out of the sky and attacking the vehicle on the ground in Syria operating the drone. During the course of Israel’s counterattack, Syrian anti-aircraft missiles shot down an Israeli F-16 and injured two pilots. The IDF responded by destroying 4 Syrian command posts and 8 Iranian command posts in Syria. This incident showed that Iran and its allies in Syria are spoiling for a fight with Israel.

Russian fighter jets hindered Israel from striking military base in Syria: report

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria but generally refrains from commenting on them Russian fighter jets hindered Israel’s air force from conducting strikes on a military base in Syria, a Russian outlet reported Monday. According to the report, Israeli planes seeking to attack the Syrian Air Force T-4 base located in the … Read More

Foreign minister blames Iran for rocket fire from Syria

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Tuesday accused Iran of being behind the morning’s rocket fire from Syria toward northern Israel, claiming that Jerusalem’s years-long campaign against Tehran’s entrenchment in Syria was working. Israel’s anti-missile defense system intercepted four rockets fired early Tuesday from neighboring Syria toward the Golan Heights. No hits on Israeli communities were … Read More

Trump confirms elimination of ISIS leader in Syria by US forces

Monday, October 28, 2019

(October 28, 2019 / JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Sunday, saying he had “died like a dog.” During a nationally televised address from the White House, Trump noted that U.S. forces had contacted Moscow for approval to fly over Russian-controlled areas to execute the … Read More

Trump declares ‘permanent’ ceasefire in Syria, lifting US sanctions on Turkey

Thursday, October 24, 2019

(October 23, 2019 / JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that a “permanent” ceasefire in Syria has been reached, and that all U.S. sanctions enacted against Turkey will be lifted. “I have, therefore, instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to lift all sanctions imposed October 14th in response to Turkey’s original offensive moves … Read More

Turkey agrees with US to pause Syria assault while Kurds withdraw

Friday, October 18, 2019

Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara had sought to capture, in a deal hailed by Washington but which Turkish leaders cast as a complete victory. The truce was announced by US Vice President Mike Pence after talks in … Read More

Turkey agrees to temporary ceasefire in Syria

Friday, October 18, 2019

(October 17, 2019 / JNS) Turkey agreed on Thursday to a temporary ceasefire in northern Syria, where it has moved its forces in against the Kurds, who are still reeling from what they say is a betrayal by the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly withdrew military forces last week from the area. … Read More

Netanyahu appears to confirm Israeli missile fire at Syrian Golan

Friday, August 2, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to confirm on Thursday that Israel was behind a reported missile attack earlier in the day in the Quneitra region in Syria. “We’re defending ourselves at all times,” Netanyahu said at a national memorial ceremony for Ze’ev Jabotinsky, a Zionist thinker who is the intellectual forebear to Netanyahu’s present-day Likud … Read More

IDF on high alert along northern border following Syria strikes

Thursday, July 25, 2019

IDF forces deployed along the nation’s northern border were on high alert Thursday following airstrikes in southern Syria overnight Tuesday. According to the Syrian state news agency’s report, the country’s air-defense systems were activated against “hostile missiles” launched from the Israeli Golan Heights and Israeli aircraft west of Damascus. In addition, According to the report, … Read More

Anti-aircraft missiles fired at Israel’s Hermon, fall inside Syria

Friday, June 7, 2019

Several anti-aircraft missiles were fired toward Mount Hermon from Syria on Thursday, the second such incident in under a week. “IDF radars identified a number of anti-aircraft missiles fired from Syria,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit told The Jerusalem Post, adding that none fell in Israeli territory or posed a threat. The incident came just days … Read More