Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel spent much of Saturday in consultations with his defense minister, the Israeli chief of staff, and other military officials.
The escalation began with an incursion into Israeli air space by an Iranian pilotless aircraft (Drone), which officials report appears to have crossed the border from Jordan. "Iran made such an attempt today". Its objective is to keep Hizbullah and Iran out of Quneitra and away from the Israeli border.
Netanyahu said that he also spoke during the day with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who left on Saturday for a Mideast tour that will take him to Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Kuwait and Turkey.
Putin told Netanyahu there was a need to avoid any steps that would lead to a new confrontation in the region, Interfax reported.
On February 10, 2018, an Apache helicopter successfully intercepted an Iranian UAV that was launched from Syria and infiltrated Israel.
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"This is both our right and our duty and we will continue to make use of it as necessary". Netanyahu said he and Tillerson discussed the flare-up on Saturday. "The government and Syrian army are only defending themselves against Israeli aggression".
Israel has long warned about the risk of conflict as a result of Iranian forces and its allies - including Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group - digging in on Syrian territory and approaching the boundary with the Israeli-held portion of the Golan Heights. The Israeli army said the two pilots aboard the jet are safe, but one is seriously injured.
An air force chopper picked up the wounded crew and transported them to the trauma unit of Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.
Iran, for its part, denied the allegation, describing Israeli statements about shooting down an Iranian drone as "lies".
The military later said that the jet had crashed after the formation it was flying in was targeted by Syrian ground anti-aircraft fire.
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"The Israeli enemy entity early morning at dawn conducted a new aggression against one of the military bases in the central region", SANA said, citing a military source.
In Washington, President Donald Trump's administration has backed Israel's hawkish stance on Iran, and declared containing Tehran's influence an objective of its Syria policy.
President Assad is growing stronger by the day but Iran and Hezbollah, who've propped him up, can not be allowed to use the country as a foothold to attack the Jewish state.
"You know that the great Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khamenei, has pronounced that the Zionist regime will end in less than 25 years and with the blessings of God, the Iranian nation will realize this truth", he maintained. Gen. Ronen Manelis, said in a special statement.
"This incident proves that every one of these warnings proved true", Danon added, referring to the operation of the Iranian drone.
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