The IAF estimates that the Syrians were successful in downing the F-16 jet as a result of a technical issue in which the proper defense systems in the warplane were not activated. Jonathan Conricus said Saturday's incident marked the most "blatant and severe violation of Israeli sovereignty" yet. Could the downing of the Israeli jet be in response to the shooting down of a Russian Sukhoi-25 over rebel-held Idlib province a week earlier? Anyone with a weapon appears to be invited to a horrific conflict that has seen Syrians bombed by almost a dozen different countries - the USA military alliance in the east of the country includes Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, France has bombed targets in the country, Russia's air force is in constant action, Turkey has invaded the north, while Israel bombs at will - as well as their own government.
Indeed, why would Iran, which, with Assad, Russia and Hezbollah, is among the victors in Syria's six-year civil war, wish to reignite the bloodletting and bring Israeli and USA firepower in on the other side?
Syria's air defense responded to the advanced Israeli warplane by striking it with an SA-5 missile, wounding two pilots who managed to escape the aircraft.
Israel does not seem deterred, in fact, they seem emboldened-pointing out that this was the first strike they've conducted on Syrian soil in broad daylight.
Israel did not declare that the F-16 was brought down by "enemy" fire.
In its statement Saturday, Hezbollah said the "brave confrontation of the aggressing Israeli planes", including downing an F-16, ushers in a "new strategic phase" that puts an end to the violation of Syrian airspace and territories.
A flood of Israeli trash talk against Iran also followed.
"Those should leave Syria who are there without the permission of the Syrian legal government". But he has established Russian Federation as the arbiter of Syria's multiple conflicts, capable of fueling them or shutting them down. He said "Israelis must realize they have no longer superiority in the skies or on the ground".
"The nation is also more determined than ever to support the Islamic establishment in order to strengthen the country's defense and missile power", said Ahmad Vahidi, president of the Supreme National Defense University of Iran, according to the Tehran Times.
I think the European Union and, specifically in this case, Germany have a unique potential.
Iran, which just witnessed an uprising by its own people, demanding that Tehran spend its money at home, not in Syria, is subcontracting the ground war that Russian Federation subcontracted to Iran to Iran's proxies - Hezbollah and various Shiite mercenaries from Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. A joint operation room of Syria and its allies, Iran and Hezbollah, denied the drone entered Israel airspace.
However, what would be the implications of Iranian capitulation to Israel's military strikes in Syria that seek to deter Tehran's resolve in the region?
"I reiterated with him [Russian President Vladimir Putin] our obligation and the right to defend ourselves against attacks from the Syrian territory". The military confirmed that the initial target in Syria - the unmanned aircraft's launch components - was successfully destroyed.