Anti-Semitism drives Israel-Russia crisis, says former Israeli envoy

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Anti-Semitism drives Israel-Russia crisis, says former Israeli envoy

"The security cabinet has instructed the IDF to continue to take action against attempts by Iran to establish a military presence in Syria while continuing the security coordination with Russian Federation", the statement read, echoing comments made by Israeli defense officials over the past week.

The move came in line with Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah's call for the "need to stop Israel's arrogance" while blasting the Jewish state's attack on the Syrian city of Latakia that destroyed an ammunition storage depot.

"Supplying the S-300 increases the risk from unprofessional Syrian operators to Russia's air forces first and foremost, to Israel, to the United States and the coalition, and likewise to civil aviation", Amos Yadlin, a former Israeli military intelligence chief, wrote on Twitter. It has long lobbied Moscow not to provide the S-300 to Syria.

Russian Federation announced on Monday it would send its advanced S-300 missile defense systems to Syria after losing a spy plane to errant Syrian air defense fire.

Russian officials said Syria's outdated S-200 systems weren't sophisticated enough to identify the Russian plane as a friendly one.

In a statement on Sunday evening, the Israel Defense Forces said that figures in the Russian military had been clear "that the deconfliction mechanism worked and did so in a timely manner". And last week, Russia reached a deal with Turkey that averted a Russian-backed offensive against the northwestern province of Idlib, one of the last areas out of government control.

Netanyahu stated that the party guilty of downing the Russian plane is Syria, and that the responsible party for this incident is Iran, who is threatening regional stability due to its aggression.

A Russian plane was accidentally shot down by Syria as Israeli jets were attacking Assad regime targets in the war-torn country last week.

"We are convinced that the implementation of these measures will cool hotheads and prevent ill-considered actions from threatening our servicemen".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed on Tuesday that "we will do whatever is necessary to protect Israel's security", following the downing of a Russian aircraft in Latakia, Syria, last week, The Times of Israel reported.

Putin's Defense Ministry said the IAF' actions on September 17th constituted a clear breach of existing agreements between Israel and Russian Federation which were meant to prevent clashes between the two countries in Syria.

"The S-300 systems Russian Federation plans to supply to Syria will feature a compromise solution", said Sokov.

Russia's stepped-up role in Syria enabled Assad's forces, which had been losing ground to the armed opposition, to gain the upper hand in the war and reclaim wide swathes of territory held by the rebels.

'Russia in this case is acting in its interests only, these actions are not directed against third countries, but towards defending our own military, ' he said.

"The Russian side proceeds from the fact that the actions by the Israeli air force were the main reason for the tragedy", a statement said.

Russian Federation suspended the supply of an S-300 system at an earlier stage in the war, amid Israeli concerns that it could be used against it.

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