Netanyahu calls Putin to blame Syria for downing of Russian plane

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, Jan. 29, 2018. (Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, Jan. 29, 2018. (Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told President Vladimir Putin of Russia that Syria was squarely to blame for the downing of a Russian military plane, and said he hoped Israeli-Russian military coordination would continue.

Netanyahu’s statement describing his phone call Tuesday with Putin – issued just before the start of Yom Kippur in Israel – came after Russian officials blamed Israel for downing the plane on Monday. Fifteen Russian troops were killed. [Read more…]

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Israeli army has carried out 200 airstrikes on Syria since early 2017

Israeli tanks seen near the Israeli-Syrian border, May 10, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Israeli tanks seen near the Israeli-Syrian border, May 10, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israeli army has carried out 200 airstrikes in Syria in the past 18 months, a senior military army official told the Israeli media.

In the hours after the Israel Defense Forces’ acknowledgement of attacks on Tuesday, Syria’s official state-run SANA news agency reported that its military defence systems intercepted several Israeli missiles, but also said that Israeli missiles struck several military targets in Tartous and Hama, killing one and injuring four. [Read more…]

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Iranian forces in Syria withdraw more than 80 km from Israeli border, Russian official says

Israeli tanks seen near the Israeli-Syrian border, May 10, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Israeli tanks seen near the Israeli-Syrian border, May 10, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Iranian forces and their weapons have withdrawn to no closer than 85 km from Israel’s border with Syria on the Golan Heights, a Russian official said.

Russian Presidential Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev told Sputnik news agency that Russia is working for Syrian reconciliation in an open manner and in coordination with the Syrian government, respecting the interests of neighbouring countries, including Israel. [Read more…]

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Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet that entered Israeli airspace

(JTA) – Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet that penetrated more than a mile into its airspace.

Two Patriot missiles intercepted the Russian-made Sukhoi on Tuesday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. The plane reportedly crashed into the Yarmouk area in Syria; it was not immediately confirmed if the two pilots ejected before the plane was downed. [Read more…]

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Israel, seeking total withdrawal, rejects Russian offer to keep Iranian forces in Syria 60 miles away

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel rejected a Russian offer to keep Iranian forces in Syria some 60 miles from the border with Israel.

Instead, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted that Iran leave the country completely, an unnamed senior Israeli official told reporters on Monday following a meeting in Jerusalem between Netanyahu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. [Read more…]

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Israel fires interceptors at Syrian missiles that appeared to be targeting the north

The David’s Sling missile defense system undergoes a final round of tests on Dec. 21, 2015 in Israel. (AP Photo courtesy of Israel Ministry of Defense)
The David’s Sling missile defense system undergoes a final round of tests on Dec. 21, 2015 in Israel. (AP Photo courtesy of Israel Ministry of Defense)

The David’s Sling missile defense system undergoes a final round of tests on Dec. 21, 2015 in Israel. (AP Photo courtesy of Israel Ministry of Defense)

(JTA) – Israel for the first time fired the David’s Sling missile defence system, following the launch of two Syrian surface-to-surface missiles.

The missiles, carrying about a half a ton of explosives, fired on Monday morning as part of Syria’s long-running civil war, at first looked likely to land in northern Israel near the Sea of Galilee, which triggered the launch of the medium-range missile defence system. [Read more…]

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Israel evacuates hundreds of civilian Syrian humanitarian volunteers and takes them to Jordan

United Nations workers standing on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights monitor a Syrian refugee camp in Quneitra province on the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border on July 17, 2018. (Basel Awidat/FLASH90)
United Nations workers standing on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights monitor a Syrian refugee camp in Quneitra province on the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border on July 17, 2018. (Basel Awidat/FLASH90)

United Nations workers standing on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights monitor a Syrian refugee camp in Quneitra province on the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border on July 17, 2018. (Basel Awidat/FLASH90)

(JTA) – Israel rescued more than 400 members of a Syrian humanitarian organization and their families from southern Syria.

The members of the Syrian Civil Defense, more commonly known as the White Helmets, were evacuated overnight Saturday and transferred through Israeli to Jordan, according to Reuters. [Read more…]

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