Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hinted in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that if Russia sends S-300 missiles to Syria, Israel will destroy them before they become operational. So reports Maariv based on reports from diplomatic sources who were updated regarding the meeting between the two leaders.
Netanyahu’s language reportedly was echoed by National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror, who told EU diplomats that Israel would prevent Russian S-300s delivered to Syria from becoming operational.
Those present at the meeting were reportedly “shocked” by Netanyahu’s bold language in speaking to the leader of a world power.
On Thursday Syrian President Bashar Assad told the Lebanese television channel Al-Manar that if Israel carries out another airstrike in Syria, Syria will strike back.
“There is clear popular pressure to open a new front of resistance in the Golan… The next time Israel attacks, if it attacks, we will have a strategic response. A bombing against a bombing,” he said.
Israel is believed to be behind several recent airstrikes on Syrian weapons sites. The strikes were reportedly motivated by concern over the possible transfer to Hizbullah or other anti-Israel terrorists of Syria’s chemical weapons. It is believed that Assad might trigger a conflict with Israel in a last ditch attempt to unify Syria behind his rule.