A few hours following the IAF airstrike deep inside Syrian territory, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responds. “Today, they tried to hit our aircraft – we will not accept this,” Netanyahu said in a statement.







Fully armed IAF F-16 Barak

Fully armed IAF F-16 Barak Photo Credit: Ofer Zidon/Flash90

Following the Israeli Air Force (IAF) airstrike deep inside Syrian territory, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded this evening (Monday) to the event in an official statement emphasizing that “our policy is very clear: Anyone who attempts to hurt us, we hurt them.” As reported earlier today by JOL, the Syrian Army warned that the Israeli action will have “dangerous implications.”

“Today, they tried to hit our aircraft – we will not accept this,” said Netanyahu. “The Israeli Air Force operated accurately, quickly and destroyed what needed to be destroyed. We will continue to operate in the space as needed in order to protect Israel’s security.”

According to the statement released earlier this afternoon by the Syrian Army, “the Syrian Army headquarters warns of the dangerous implications of these aggressive attempts by Israel.” As reported earlier today by JOL, the Israeli aircraft, which had just completed a mission above Lebanese territory, struck the Syrian anti-aircraft battery by dropping four bombs. The battery was located about 50 kilometers (about 31 miles) east of Damascus. “The battery was destroyed and all of the Israeli Air Force aircraft safely returned to base,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.