According to IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis, while the drone was Iranian and navigated by Iranian operators, Syria’s choice to fire its air defenses against Israeli jets reveals it has decided to interfere in Israel’s fight against the Islamic Republic’s activity in the country.“Iran’s mask has been removed. It is clear that they are using Syria as a launchpad for activity against Israel,” he said. “Iran is dragging the region into an adventure and will pay the price for it.”In response, Israeli aircraft targeted the drone’s launch site deep inside Syria, in the most extensive Syrian antiaircraft attack since 1982, in the face of heavy antiaircraft missile fire. Two Israeli crew members were wounded after ejecting from their F-16 when they recognized that one of the enemy missiles had locked onto their jet. "The road to peace will come when all of the parties stop provoking each other, and choose the responsible path," Haley said.Anna Ahronheim contributed to this report.
As @nikkihaley said earlier today in the Security Council, the US & Israel will always stand together in the face of Iran’s aggression and provocations as it attempts to destabilize the region. The international community mustn’t stand idly by as the Iranian threat grows rampant.— Ambassador Danon (@dannydanon) February 14, 2018