Israel will destroy Russian S 300 air defense systems in Syria if used to target Israeli Air Force warplanes, IDF commander General Yoel Strick said.
“If our freedom of movement is threatened, we will remove the threat. We know how to do that,” General Yoel Strick told Ynet News, adding that Israel will soon introduce “advanced weapons systems” to ensure it can continue to violate neighboring states’ airspace and to strike targets in Syria with impunity
Strick warned Damascus of using the S300 against Israeli warplanes.
S 300 Ready
He noted that a Syrian army’s team has finished training on the S 300 and another new team is taking training now.
“If the Syrians employ Russian S-300s against our planes, and we take them out, it will be seen as a legitimate move on our part”.
While acknowledging that such a drastic move might damage Tel Aviv’s relations with Moscow, Strick expressed hope that it wouldn’t come to that.
Russia had supplied Syria with S300 air defense systems following the downing of a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane with 15 airmen on board in mid-September, during an Israeli raid.