Israel Intercepts Incoming Drone from Syria

Israel will not ‘rule out’ ties with Syrian govt – Defence minister

Israeli Patriot missile intercepts drone from Syria – IDF

On Tuesday, Netanyahu met with Russian envoys Alexander Lavrentiev and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin, in Jerusalem, reiterating again Israel's objection to an Iranian presence in Syria.

Last month, Israel fired a missile at a drone that approached its airspace near the Syrian frontier, and in February Israel shot down what it said was an Iranian drone that entered its airspace.

Israel, which captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war, has largely stayed out of the current conflict.

Israel says it has not taken sides in the Syrian civil war, but has bombed targets repeatedly in the war-torn country, typically weapons transfers to Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group and regional rival, and sites affiliated with Iran.

"They (Russia) have an active interest in seeing a stable Assad regime and we in getting the Iranians out".

On Wednesday, Netanyahu will fly to Moscow for a meeting with Putin.

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Shortly afterward, Netanyahu held a lengthy meeting with Putin in which they established a joint Israeli-Russian team to coordinate military activities and mitigate "misunderstandings".

This trade, as reported by the Israeli press, would have Netanyahu offering to see Russian Federation given full relief from US-imposed sanctions in return for Russian Federation expelling Iranian military from Syria.

Conricus said that after the drone was destroyed by a single Patriot missile, its remains landed near the Sea of Galilee.

The interception set off sirens on the Golan and nearby Jordanian border. He added that the latter scenario was "not common". That has raised Israeli concerns that he may try to deploy troops there in defiance of a 1974 United Nations demilitarisation accord on the Golan.

Netanyahu's government has made clear it would not cede the Golan now and has been lobbying for U.S. recognition of Israel's claim of sovereignty there.

The IDF knocked down an enemy drone over the Kinneret on Wednesday, using a Patriot missile. On July 6, Israel struck a Syrian post that it said had shelled the Golan buffer zone.

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