Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responds to Israel’s Arrow missile defense system, which shot down a Syrian missile launched against Israeli fighter jets. The Syrian President claimed Russia is significant in preventing a confrontation between the countries.


Assad Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

After Israel’s Arrow missile defense system shot down a Syrian missile that was launched against Israeli fighter jets last week, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responded for the first time. Assad claimed that Russia is a significant factor and can prevent a confrontation between Syria and Israel.

“Protecting Syria’s borders is our right and duty,” Assad stated in response to Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s threats to destroy Syria’s aerial defense. “If we don’t do this as a government, the Syrian people will condemn us.”

Earlier today, Brigadier General Zvika Haimovich, the commander of the IAF’s Aerial Defense, said during a briefing that “the decision to intercept the missile was correct and justified. The missile moved in a ballistic trajectory that threatened communities inside of Israel, and therefore it was the correct decision to intercepted it”.

In addition, Assad commented on the US led coalition’s attacks against ISIS and stated that any attack on his territory which wasn’t coordinated and approved by his administration will be regarded as an invasion. He added that the coalition’s intention to fight ISIS was never serious and the real reason for sending US troops to Syria should be examined.