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Bibi to Syria: Israel Prepared to Strike as Needed

In the Daily Dispatch, Stand for Israel informed you of Israel's retaliatory airstrike against Syrian anti-aircraft batteries - made necessary when Syria fired a missile at Israeli aircraft. The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross and Dov Lieber now report on PM Netanyahu's response - that "anyone who tries to hurt us, we will hurt them":

“Our policy is clear: Anyone who tries to hurt us, we will hurt them,” he said in a statement. “Today, they tried to hit our planes — this is not acceptable.”

“The air force acted with precision, swiftness and destroyed what needed to be destroyed,” Netanyahu added. “We will continue to act in the arena as much as needed to defend Israel’s security.”

On Monday morning, the Syrian air defense battery fired an interceptor missile at Israeli reconnaissance planes. In response, a second IAF sortie, reportedly made up of F-16 fighter jets, attacked the SA-5 missile defense system that launched the interceptor, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of the Syrian capital of Damascus.

Following the airstrike, the Syrian military warned Israel of “dangerous consequences for its repeated attempts of aggression,” in a statement published in official state media.

The Syrian military claimed the IAF aircraft entered its airspace, prompting the anti-aircraft attack. But IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said, both initially and in response to the Syrian assertion, that the reconnaissance planes “were in the skies over Lebanon, and not in Syria...”

Tags: Syria , Netanyahu , IDF

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