Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon speaks at the UNGA.
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NEW YORK - Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon called on the UN Security Council to immediately condemn Iran for its “provocations” after an IAF jet was shot down in northern Israel on Saturday.
"This is not the first time we have warned you against Iran's dangerous actions that undermine the security situation in the region,” Danon stated in a letter to the UNSC.
“This incident proves that every one of these warnings proved true. Israel will defend its citizens and will not tolerate any violation of its sovereignty,” the Ambassador added.
The fiery statement comes less than 24 hours after the IDF said an Iranian drone launched from Syria entered into Israeli airspace. In response, Israel launched a heavy air strikes against its northern neighbor, saying it hit air defenses and Iranian targets stationed in Syria.
One F-16 fighter jet, however, crashed on its way back from the mission, leaving the pilot in serious condition after he and his navigator ejected from the damaged aircraft. Syrian media claims the country’s military downed the IAF jet.
The violent altercation marks the most serious confrontation yet in Syria between Israel and Iranian and Iran-backed forces that have established a major foothold in the country while fighting in support of President Bashar Assad in the civil war.
“Council members must not stand idly when Iran acts to dangerously escalate the situation in the region,” Danon said, adding that the international executive body must “condemn this dangerous step in and immediately end the Iranian provocations.”