Israel har verdens beste flyvåpen. Her en F-35, flyet som også Norge får, under en oppvisning på Hatzerim-basen i desember 2017. Foto: Amir Cohen/Reuters/Scanpix
Israel erkjenner at deres fly angrep syriske mål mandag kveld, men sier de var forsvunnet fra luftrommet da syrerne skjøt ned det russiske overvåkingsflyet.
In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces denied all responsibility for the downing of the Russian spy plane, saying that Syria, Iran and Hezbollah were the ones at fault.
Mange kan kikke israelerne i kortene hvis de skulle påstå noe som er beviselig feil. Luftrommet over Syria blir fulgt av en rekke land.
Alt som beveget seg
Det israelske forsvaret sier at syrerne åpnet ild, og skjøt både mot inkommende missiler, mot israelske fly og uten mål og mening. Det var slik det russiske flyet ble truffet. Syrerne ga blaffen i hva de traff.
Syrian air defenses opened fire at the incoming missiles, at the attacking aircraft and — according to Israel — at nothing in particular. The Russian Il-20 was shot down in the air battle, along with its 15-person crew.
“The Syrian anti-air batteries fired indiscriminately and, from what we understand, did not bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air,” the army said.
Hvis dette stemmer kan Moskva gjerne kjefte på israelerne, men det er i virkeligheten Assad de er sinte på.
Det israelske forsvaret sier foreløpige undersøkelser viser at de israelske flyene var borte da syriske missiler traff det russiske flyet.
The military said its initial investigation found that that its strike was completed before the Russian plane entered the area of the operation and that the reconnaissance aircraft was shot down after the Israeli fighter jets had returned to Israeli airspace.
“Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident. Israel also holds Iran and the Hezbollah terror organization accountable for this unfortunate incident,” the army added.
This appeared to refute the claim made by Moscow that the Israeli pilots used the surveillance plane as cover for their attack.
Israel sier målet for angrepet var våpen som iranerne var i ferd med å sende til Hizbollah i Libanon.
According to the IDF, the target of its Monday night strike was a Syrian military facility that manufactured “accurate and lethal weapons,” which were “about to be transferred, on behalf of Iran, to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”
The target of the Israeli strike was identified by Syria as a subsidiary of its defense ministry, known as the Organization for Technical Industries, which has suspected ties to the country’s chemical weapons and missile programs.
“These weapons were meant to attack Israel, and posed an intolerable threat against it,” the army said.
Moralen i Midtøsten er annerledes enn i Vesten. Det kan være syriske militære ser fordeler i at russerne blir forbannet på Israel. Iran har heller ikke noe mot at forholdet mellom Jerusalem og Moskva forverres.