An Israeli F16 fighter jet takes off during a joint international aerial training exercise hosted by Israel and dubbed "Blue Flag 2017" at Ovda military air base in southern Israel November 8, 2017. Picture taken November 8, 2017. (REUTERS/Amir Cohen).
(photo credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)
A senior official in Israel’s defense establishment warned on Sunday that Iran is determined to entrench itself in Syria and will continue trying to attack Israel. Israel's responses to these further violations, he added, will be even more forceful.
“As far as we are concerned, the event is over but the Iranians are determined to continue to establish themselves in Syria and the next incident is only a matter of time,” he said, warning that Israel does not rule out that that the Islamic Republic will continue to try to attack Israel.
On Saturday, an Iranian drone was intercepted by an Israel Air Force Apache helicopter near the town of Beit She’an. In response, Israeli aircraft targeted the drone’s launch site deep inside Syria. Two Israeli pilots were wounded after ejecting from their F-16 which crashed down in Israeli territory.
“We do not know what the mission of the Iranian drone was, it is their most advanced drone and they did not expect our radar to detect its penetration into our territory,” the senior official stated. “Our aerial freedom will not be harmed. We will continue to destroy targets.”