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.

Top Russian official says ‘Israeli attacks in Syrian territory must be stopped’

Friday, February 8, 2019

Russian deputy foreign minister urged Israel to stop carrying out attacks on Syrian sovereign territory linking such incidents to an ongoing destabilization of the war-torn country, Sputnik news reported on Friday. “With regard to the latest Israeli attacks, we said that such arbitrary attacks on sovereign Syrian territory should be stopped and excluded,” Russian Deputy … Read More

After Syria threatens Ben Gurion Airport, Iron Dome deployed in greater Tel Aviv

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Israeli military deployed Iron Dome missile defense systems in central and southern Israel in recent days, amid escalating tensions both in Syria and in the Gaza Strip. A battery was deployed in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, and others were positioned in the south, the army said Thursday. In addition, a small number of … Read More

Syria’s UN envoy threatens retaliatory attack on Ben Gurion Airport

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Syria’s envoy to the United Nations warned Tuesday that if the world body did not halt Israeli strikes on his country, Syria would retaliate with an attack on Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv. Speaking at the UN Security Council after a series of IAF airstrikes on Sunday and Monday — most of them … Read More

Israeli official confirms Syria airstrikes, says Iran was the target

Thursday, December 27, 2018

An Israeli security official on Wednesday confirmed responsibility for overnight Tuesday’s airstrikes in Syria, saying the air force had hit a series of targets involved in Iranian arms transfers to the Hezbollah terror group. Russia had criticized the airstrike, saying it endangered civilian flights. The comments highlighted the increasingly tense relations between Israel and Russia, … Read More

Israeli Security Experts Weigh in on US Withdrawal From Syria, Emphasize Ongoing Iran Threat

Friday, December 21, 2018

A number of Israeli security experts have weighed in on US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria, emphasizing the ongoing threat posed by Iran and the need for Israel to defend itself by itself. Veteran journalist Ehud Yaari wrote on the Hebrew news site Mako that Trump was “applying the policies of his predecessor, Barack … Read More

Russia completes delivery of S-300 air defense system to Syria

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Russia said Tuesday it had completed delivering its S-300 advanced anti-aircraft system to Syria, weeks after it blamed Israel for the downing of one of its spy planes by a less-sophisticated Syrian air defense missile. Israel has warned that providing the system to Damascus is “irresponsible” and will expose the region to more danger. Russian … Read More

How seriously should Israel take Syria’s Golan Heights threat?

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem addressed the UN General Assembly on Saturday with a focus on what the regime intends to do about the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. He declared that Damascus aims to recapture the territory from Israel after Syrian regime forces have retaken areas opposite the Israeli border during a recent Russian-backed offensive. In … Read More

Russia to give Syria S-300 air defense after accusations against Israel

Monday, September 24, 2018

Russia said on Monday it would supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks despite strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow accused Israel of indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military jet in Syria. The White House said it hoped Russia would reconsider the move, which U.S. National Security Adviser … Read More

Assads curriculum: Hating Israel, ignoring Holocaust

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Syrian students are exposed to anti-Semitic content encouraging Jihad and acts of terrorism. The study was written by Dr. Eldad Pardo and Maya Yaakobi from the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-SE). Since 1998, the organization has explored and analyzed official textbooks from all over the globe to determine their … Read More