Russian Embassy condemns Israel for Il-20 crash


09/20/2018 The Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv issued the following statement on Thursday: “Moscow views as irresponsible and unfriendly actions of Israeli Air Force, which exposed Russian Il-20 aircraft to danger and led to death of 15 servicemen. Russia would take all necessary measures to eliminate threat to life and security of our military fighting […]

‘Assad’s army is to blame’ for downed Russian plane: Israeli defense minister


8:48:26 AM 09/20/2018 “Assad’s army is to blame” for the plane shot down by Syrian air defense amid Israeli airstrikes Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thursday. In an interview on Army Radio, the Israeli Defense Minister blamed Syria for the downing of the Russian military plane which killed 15 servicemen. The plane was downed by […]

Russia said to constrict Cyprus airspace and waters as it boosts Syria activity


Cypriot paper reports difficulties faced by local air and sea traffic in wake of Russian plane’s downing near Latakia, as Moscow announces increased operations for coming week TOI staff Russia has effectively sealed off much of the airspace and waters surrounding Cyprus, increasing its activities in the area following the downing of a spy plane […]

IAF chief heads to Moscow to present findings on downing of Russian plane


Amikam Norkin, joined by other senior officers, will debrief Kremlin officials on ‘all aspects’ of incident in which Syrian air defenses shot down aircraft during Israeli strike TOI staff 09/20/2018 An Israeli army delegation led by Israeli Air Force chief Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin was to fly to Moscow Thursday morning to present the IDF’s findings […]

Israel nuclear chief: We are upgrading defenses at Dimona reactor


Director General Zeev Snir also pleaded for strong actions against Iran and Syria, “Iran and Syria pose significant proliferation threats to the region, and the world.” YVETTE J. DEANE September 20, 2018 Israel Atomic Energy Commission Director General Zeev Snir said that the Israel will upgrade and reinforce its nuclear facilities in response to Iranian […]

Liberman: Assad is responsible for downing Russian plane


Israel’s defense forces “will do everything they must” to defend the country and its citizens. “I will continue to do what I must,” he added. Tamar Beeri September 20, 2018 “Assad’s army is to blame” for the Russian plane that was shot down after an Israeli airstrike on an Iranian military facility in Syria, Defense Minister […]

Russia shuts E. Mediterranean air and sea space for “military exercise”


09/20/2018 The Russian Defense Ministry announced Thursday morning, Sept. 20, the closure of the eastern Mediterranean to air traffic and shipping from the Syrian and Lebanese coasts to Cyprus, due to a snap military exercise. DEBKAfile: By this stratagem, Russia has shut down Israel’s capacity to strike targets in Syria from the sea or from […]

‘Enemy cyber threat growing,’ warn security experts amid Hamas cyber attacks


Many tools and all kinds of tactics are available these days, leaving vigilance and awareness the most important lines of defense. (September 17, 2018 / JNS) The ability of Israel’s enemies to target civilians and members of the armed forces with cyber attacks is growing, security experts have warned. In August, the Israeli ClearSky cyber-security […]

Will Israel attack Iranian-backed forces in Iraq?


Israel has signaled that it would not tolerate this new Iranian front in Iraq, as it has done with hundreds of airstrikes on Iranian military assets in Syria during its seven-year civil war. Sean Savage 09/20/2018 (September 18, 2018 / JNS) Situated in the cradle of human civilization, modern-day Iraq has been no stranger to gruesome […]

Russia Shuts Air and Sea Traffic Off Syria Coast Following Downing of Jet


Russia began stepping up operations on Thursday morning following the shooting down of a military aircraft, report in Cyprus says Sep 20, 2018 9:41 AM Russia has begun stepping up operations off the coast of Syria following the downing of a military aircraft, media outlets in Cyprus reported on Thursday. Russia reportedly decided to close […]