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18:48  12 february  2018
18:48  12 february  2018 Source:   bloomberg.com

Israel F-16 jet shot down by Syrian fire, military says

  Israel F-16 jet shot down by Syrian fire, military says An Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed Saturday in northern Israel due to "massive anti-aircraft fire" from Syrian forces, according to the Israeli army. The incident was reported after an Israeli combat helicopter came in contact with an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle that had been launched from Syria, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. Israeli forces also launched attacks on what they described as Iranian targets in Syria, the IDF said.Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman with the Israel Defense Forces said in a tweet that "Iran is responsible for this severe violation of Israeli sovereignty.

Israel is counting on Russian President Vladimir Putin to keep confrontations with Iran and Syria from spiraling into war as the Trump administration mostly watches from the sidelines, a senior aide to

“America did not ante up in Syria . It’ s not in the game .” The U . S . says it opposes Assad, but has limited its role in Syria to helping fight Islamic State. Russia ’s interest “is to reach a political and military solution in Syria and to rebuild it,” Amos Yadlin, a former chief of Israeli military intelligence, told

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(Bloomberg) -- Israel is counting on Russian President Vladimir Putin to keep confrontations with Iran and Syria from spiraling into war as the Trump administration mostly watches from the sidelines, a senior aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

“The American part of the equation is to back us up,” but the U.S. currently “has almost no leverage on the ground,” Michael Oren, Netanyahu’s deputy minister for public diplomacy and a former ambassador to Washington, said in a phone interview Sunday. “America did not ante up in Syria. It’s not in the game.”

Oren’s criticism reflects Israel’s view that Washington isn’t doing enough to curb Iran’s military ambitions in southern Syria, which borders the Israeli-held Golan Heights, as seven years of fighting wind down and actors consolidate gains.

Israel, Iran Lurch Toward Confrontation as Border Region Boils

  Israel, Iran Lurch Toward Confrontation as Border Region Boils Israel and Iran moved closer to confrontation in Syria as rising tensions erupted into the most serious standoff between the sides since the Syrian civil war began seven years ago. Israel on Saturday struck 12 targets in Syria, including four Iranian targets, in a “large-scale attack” after an Iranian military drone penetrated Israeli airspace, the Israel Defense Forces said. An F-16 fighter plane crashed in northern Israel after coming under fire from Syrian anti-aircraft missiles, and the pilots were hospitalized with moderate to severe injuries.

Israel Says U . S . Not in Syrian ‘ Game ’ as Russia Seen Dominant . Israel is counting on Russian President Vladimir Putin to keep confrontations with Iran and Syria from spiraling into war as the Trump administration mostly watches from the sidelines, a senior aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The F-16 was hit after Israel struck an Iranian control base near Palmyra, inside Syria , said Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, the Israel Defense Forces spokesman. Israel Says U . S . Not in Syrian ‘ Game ’ as Russia Seen Dominant .

In the worst military confrontation in the border region since the 2006 Lebanon war, the Israeli air force struck 12 targets Saturday in Syria, including four belonging to Iran, after it said an Iranian drone penetrated Israeli airspace. A Syrian missile brought down an Israeli combat plane, the first lost to enemy fire since Israel’s first war in Lebanon in 1982.

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Netanyahu was in direct contact with the Russians -- the dominant player in Syria -- after the confrontation.

“We believe Russia wants to stabilize its achievements in Syria and that it understands that Iranian military presence and activity there is a source of tension and friction,” said Chagai Tzuriel, director-general of Israel’s Intelligence Ministry. American involvement is crucial to preventing a full-scale war, he said, adding that “Syria is the key arena, and what happens in Syria influences the whole region and beyond.”

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Investors in Israel have grown accustomed to geopolitical shocks but Saturday’s showdown reverberated through the market. The TA-35 stock index fell Sunday to its lowest level in two months before rebounding Monday.

No Sure Bet

Relying on Russia may be Israel’s best bet, but it’s not a sure one. Over the past few years Netanyahu has made a number of visits to Russia to lay out Israel’s red lines and ask Putin to rein in Iran. Russian news media have cited Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying that Iran’s presence in the country is legitimate, and Moscow hasn’t promised to guarantee that pro-Iranian forces will leave southern Syria.

Asked if the Russians can keep Iran and Syria at bay, Oren replied, “We assume that they have that ability. We’ll see.”

Israeli commentators noted that a Russian statement on Saturday’s clashes implicitly criticized Israel for violating Syrian sovereignty, but didn’t criticize the drone infiltration into Israel that prompted the attack.

Syria 'repels' Israeli surveillance aircraft: state media

  Syria 'repels' Israeli surveillance aircraft: state media Syria on Wednesday repelled Israeli surveillance planes that breached its southern border, state media reported, days after an Israeli fighter jet was downed during raids on the war-torn country. "Syrian air defences have repelled Israeli surveillance planes over Quneitra, forcing them to leave Syrian airspace," the official SANA news agency said.On Saturday, the Syrian government said it fended off an Israeli raid on a military base in the centre of the country, hitting more than one warplane.

It wants to turn Syria into a swamp for Russia and Iran to the benefit of mostly Israel . One SDF fighter was wounded, the official said . The U . S .also claims that it had seen preparations for the Syrian move and had warned the Russian command in Syria in advance

It wants to turn Syria into a swamp for Russia and Iran to the benefit of mostly Israel . One SDF fighter was wounded, the official said . The U . S .also claims that it had seen preparations for the Syrian move and had warned the Russian command in Syria in advance

On Sunday -- more than 24 hours after the confrontation -- the White House issued a statement backing Israel’s “right to defend itself from the Iranian-backed Syrian and militia forces in southern Syria” and calling on Iran and its allies to “cease provocative actions.”

Netanyahu also conferred with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Israel’s absence from Tillerson’s current Middle East tour has raised questions about how much Israel can depend on the White House, even though U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Israel last month.

“I think a visit to Israel by Secretary Tillerson this week, followed by strong U.S.-Israeli coordinated messaging to Russia and the EU,” could allay concerns about U.S. indifference on Syria, tweeted Dan Shapiro, who served as U.S. ambassador to Israel under President Barack Obama. Failing to stop in Israel after Saturday’s clashes would be “malpractice” by Tillerson, Shapiro said.

White House National Security Council Spokesman Michael Anton said Israel should have no doubts about the U.S. stance.

“We support Israel’s security, and the idea that we are ‘on the sidelines’ when its security is threatened is very far from the case,” Anton said. “We have a very close relationship with our Israeli national security counterparts at all levels.”

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  Russia says five of its civilians may have been killed in Syria by U.S.-led forces <p>Five Russian citizens may have been killed in Syria in clashes with U.S.-led coalition forces this month, but they were not Russian military personnel, the Russian foreign ministry said.</p>"Based on preliminary information, as a result of an armed encounter, the reasons for which are now being investigated, we could be talking about the deaths of five people," the spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, told a briefing.

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Russian Concern

Russia entered the Syrian war to prop up its client, President Bashar Assad. Iran and Hezbollah also support Assad, and see the vacuum in Syria as a chance to build a sphere of influence stretching from Tehran to the Mediterranean Sea. The U.S. says it opposes Assad, but has limited its role in Syria to helping fight Islamic State.

Russia’s interest “is to reach a political and military solution in Syria and to rebuild it,” Amos Yadlin, a former chief of Israeli military intelligence, told reporters on a conference call Saturday. “A conflict in the north between Israel, Hezbollah and Iran is not in their interest.”

Yadlin, now head of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies, doesn’t expect Israel’s salvation in Syria to come from the U.S.

“America is busy with other things,” he said.

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--With assistance from Justin Sink

To contact the reporters on this story: Jonathan Ferziger in Tel Aviv at jferziger@bloomberg.net, David Wainer in Tel Aviv at dwainer3@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net, Michael S. Arnold, Amy Teibel

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