Israel air superiority clouded due to downed F-16

10 2018 show Israeli solders taking positions in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the border with Syria

When an Iranian drone crossed Israeli airspace, few criticized Israel for attacking.

Russia, who are allies with the Bashar government have urged restraint, the UK Independent has reported. "We agreed that coordination between our armies would continue", Netanyahu said in a televised statement.

An Israeli military spokesperson said Iran and its Revolutionary Guard forces have been operating at the drone launch site in Syria "for a long time, backed by Syrian army forces and with the approval of the Syrian regime", according to The Jerusalem Post.

Iran's involvement in Syria, including the deployment of Iran-backed forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, has alarmed Israel, which has said it would counter any threat.

Another said the pilots ejected "when they recognized that one of the missiles had locked onto their jet". They claim their airstrike on Sunday wiped out half of Syria's air defences.

The downing of an Israeli fighter jet this weekend by Syrian air defenses suggest yet another frontier in the conflict is opening up, risking a wider and possibly regional conflagration. But is Israel really looking for a fight? On Saturday, Kurdish forces shot down a Turkish attack helicopter, the first officially confirmed loss of a Turkish aircraft over Syria. The Syrian issue now is not on the radar of U.S. policy. And last week Russia and the Damascus regime condemned a US-led coalition airstrike against government loyal militias, which may have included Russian and Iranian advisers, near Deir Ezzor. At least 2 million people live In Idlib, the largest area controlled by the opposition. Syria represents Iran's first significant military success overseas in recent years. Turkey's president is threatening to expand the offensive east, toward the town of Manbij, where US troops maintain bases, while USA officials accuse Turkey of hampering the fight against IS with its Afrin operation.

So the question now is what happens next?

Nevertheless, Israel immediately received support from the White House for its "right to defend itself". This gave the Assad regime an opportunity to set a new precedent by firing on Israeli jets over Israeli territory, downing an Israeli F-16, and provoking further Israeli Air Force strikes on Syrian targets. The next showdown will be crucial.

As the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) noted, the IDF intercepted an Iranian made unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) after it entered Israeli airspace from Syria. Russian Federation will have a tough time constraining the Iranians in Syria.

Israel, in war with Hezbollah for more than 30 years, considers Iranian military presence in Syria a casus belli. "The two sides have made efforts not to kill anyone".

Russian Federation must collaborate to defuse a handful of flashpoints that could easily lead to a massive regional war.

Needless to say, the recent escalation of tensions is also due to United States President Donald Trump's administration. For the USA, it involves reining in Israel, whose next move in Syria could inadvertently drag the region into a new conflict.

The US secretary of defense has reiterated that they are militarily present in Syria to confront ISIS. "And we will remain engaged in the political solution for Syria, which we think is the long-term means of bringing stability to Syria and restoring Syria's independent nature", he emphasized. Carving up the country and creating zones of influence for major players will ultimately lead to new clashes.

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