The US also does not want a conflict in Idlib, not wanting more refugees pouring into Turkey. The US is also concerned about the Syrian regime using chemical weapons.
'The Israeli aggression targeted some positions in Sheikh Najjar industrial zone and a number of enemy missiles were brought down,' a Syrian army statement said.
Since the S-300 was deployed, it has been almost six months. It was supposed to not only be operational by now, but also have Syrians prepared to use it.
Satellite images show S-300 launchers erected in Syria's Masyaf
Russia delivered the defense system to Bashar Assad's regime in Syria in October, after Syria mistakenly downed a Russian plane during an Israeli strike on Iranian targets.
When the S-300 missile system was deployed it was portrayed as a game changer. But Reuters had reported in 2015 and again in October 2018 that Israel had trained against the S-300 system in Greece.
Syria’s allies now appear to want to sweep the incident under the carpet. This may be to protect the regime from embarrassment.
"There is no concept of zero probability in military strategy. We cannot say that this probability has been reduced to zero."
Former National Security Council Chief Yaakov Amidror says Russia will be embarrassed when IDF overcomes S-300 in Syria.
Russian ambassador hinted at need for Jerusalem, Tehran dialogue in recent interview with ‘Post’.