Damascus (AHT) – In an important development, the Syrian air defenses downed an Israeli F-16 jet fighter that bombed military targets inside Syria at dawn on Saturday February 10. This came after the Israeli occupation forces announced the alleged downing of an “Iranian” drone aircraft, launched from Syria.
In a least to say laughable statement, IOF spokesperson commented the incident saying it was “an Iranian attack on the sovereignty of Israel”. As if the land he speaks of is not the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. And as if Israel has not attacked the Syrian Arab Army, Hezbollah and the IRGC more than 100 times over the last six years, as confirmed by commander of the Israel occupation Air Force Amir Eshel.
Hours after the downing of the F-16, there were new explosions in the countryside of Damascus as a result of renewed Israeli raids, however, Syrian sources confirmed that the air defenses responded to the Israeli strikes. The sources said that the air defense systems responded to the new Israeli raids which targeted the area of Kuswa, south of the capital.
According to information provided by the Lebanese Al Mayadeen TV channel, the system of air defenses in southern Syria confronted the Israeli jet fighter with more than 10 SAM-5 missiles owned by Syria for a long time, and revealed that the Israeli aircraft did not dare enter Syrian airspace after the response to the F16 aircraft and that Israeli missiles fired later against the air defenses were launched from the Mediterranean.
Further information from Syrian government sources confirmed that more than 70 percent of the rockets fired by the Israeli entity were downed by the Syrian air defenses.
A Sam anti-aircraft missile landed in the Hasbani Valley south of Lebanon in the center of a field of lemons, which was probably fired at the Israeli aircraft from Syrian territory, while a Syrian military source said that the Syrian air defenses dropped yesterday six Israeli missiles targeting Syrian army posts.
Chaos in Israel
Meanwhile Israeli media reported that Israel has asked Moscow to intervene to prevent escalation with Syria, as Yedioth Ahronoth website reported, asking specifically to make sure that Hezbollah do not get involved. The Israeli media also pointed to the closure of Ben Gurion airport because Syrian anti-aircraft missiles had reached central Israel.
Israel’s Channel 12, for its part, said that Damascus received Russian anti-aircraft missiles, enabling it to shoot down aircraft over, get this, “Israeli airspace,” and quoted Israeli sources as confirming that Damascus did not even use the S-300 during this incident. Israeli medical sources were quoted as saying that one of the pilots had died from his injuries and the other was slightly injured after he jumped by parachute when the fighter fell.
The Israeli cabinet was reported to have allowed a military operation against Syria in retaliation for the downing of the F-16, and the mini-cabinet is set to meet on Sunday at Netanyahu’s residence Jerusalem at 4 pm, but Channel 10 quoted a senior Israeli source saying “we are not interested in further escalation.”
Former Northern District Commander Amiram Levin said he hopes they will listen to the General Staff and take its recommendations because they are working to calm the situation now.
Syria deterred Israel’s plans
The rapid advancement of the SAA and its allies inside Syria in liberating the land from the remnants of Takfiri terrorists has most definitely resulted in Israel postponing its decision to wage war on the axis of resistance, but what happened on Saturday between the SAA and the Israeli entity with the downing of the Israeli plane burnt all the stages that Tel Aviv wanted to build on to attack Syria and the resistance. Tel Aviv is now facing a new dilemma of trying to maneuver to a new position after recent hit.
What happened on Saturday is evidence of Israeli weakness, even if it has responded by using a large destructive force, however it only proves that the Israeli air superiority is almost finished.
This incident is not a normal one, it was a decisive political, military and strategic decision by Syria and the axis of resistance. The fall of the F-16 and the Apache helicopter was a strategic response, not just a military response, and was only achieved by a decision at the highest level between the pillars and leaders of the resistance axis.
Although we are not witnessing a comprehensive war on Lebanon or Syria, the assessment of the situation on the ground shows that the response in its essence is a deterrent message to Israel, not merely a retaliatory message. This message of deterrence to Israel says that Damascus and its allies in the axis of resistance have made a decision to respond to any major Israeli aggression, and not just to respond to a local aggression, each time by striking positions inside Syria and close to Damascus, on the pretext of targeting Iranian weapons directed at Hezbollah.
In addition, the objective of the message of deterrence is to emphasize that Syria and the resistance axis have missile capabilities adept of targeting the Israeli air force that characterizes the Israeli army. Note that this message of deterrence is to stop the war and not to ignite it.
As per, Tel Aviv must realize that the axis of resistance has the strength to confront and must calculate its future moves of aggression carefully before it decides to go to war with Syria or Lebanon. If it launches a war in the future, it be faced with a comprehensive and powerful defensive strategy from the axis of resistance that Israel has yet to envision.
This post originally ran on American Herald Tribune.
Marwa Osman is a Ph.D. Candidate located in Beirut, Lebanon. University Lecturer at the Lebanese International University and Maaref University and former host of the political show “The Middle East Stream” broadcasted on Al-Etejah English Channel. Member of the Blue Peace Media Network and political commentator on issues of the Middle East on several international and regional media outlets including RT, Press TV, Al Manar and Al Alam. Writer in several news websites including Khamenei.ir, Modern Diplomacy, Shafaqna, Italian Insider.