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Default Israeli Air Force destroyed half of Syria’s air defenses, says senior officer

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Israeli Air Force destroyed half of Syria’s air defenses, says senior officer

May 25, 20


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“All of the batteries that fired on the IAF were destroyed. All of them. And this policy will continue. We do not destroy batteries that do not fire on us,” said a senior IAF officer.


By: Yaakov Lappin, JNS.org

Some 50 percent of air-defense batteries belonging to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad have been destroyed after they fired on Israel Air Force jets in recent months during multiple operations, a senior Israeli Air Force source said on Wednesday.

The officer was speaking to reporters during an international airforce conference hosted in Israel, which brought together commanders from 20 foreign air-force establishments to discuss professional and operational matters with the IAF. Participants included the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Poland, Italy, Brazil, Greece and Romania.

“The risks are all around us—whether it is instability in Syria or in Lebanon, where Hezbollah is a forward [Iranian] division, or Hamas, which gets its support from Iran. Iran is all over, offensively trying to operate against Israel, and we have to weigh the risks constantly as we operate against this aggression,” the senior source stated.

He described Syria as having the most heavily guarded airspace in the world, with the highest number of surface-to-air missile batteries of all kinds scanning the skies.

“And we still have to operate in this strategic arena and still hit targets and maintain the IAF’s air superiority, which is the biggest challenge of the air force,” added the officer.


In recent months, during a number of Israeli airstrikes against aggressive Iranian activity in Syria between February and May, Syrian air-defense systems fired on Israeli jets “hundreds of times,” the source revealed. “In a single mission, they fired over 100 SAMS [surface-to-air missiles],” he said, referring to the May 10 Israeli operation to strike 50 Iranian targets across Syria in retaliation to Iranian rocket fire on the Golan Heights.

“All of the batteries that fired on the IAF were destroyed. All of them. And this policy will continue. We do not destroy batteries that do not fire on us,” said the source.


During the conference on Wednesday, IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin held a joint press appearance with counterparts from Italy and the United Kingdom at Tel Nof air base, south of Tel Aviv.

“This [conference] is a part of our cooperation,” said Norkin. “We share operational knowledge, training knowledge, and we talk about how get air superiority as a means to regional stability.”

Lt. Gen. Enzo Vecciarelli, Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, said holding a dialogue with the IAF was valuable for his personnel. “We appreciate flying together. We enjoy the beauty of your country and the quality of this training machine,” he added.

Air Marshal Stuart Atha, Deputy Commander of Britain’s Royal Air Force, said: “There is no air force with a prouder history than the IAF. This is also an opportunity to celebrate and recognize what we are doing, day to day, as air forces. And, more importantly, to look to the future—at how as air forces we can continue to work together.”

‘Iran has its owns aspirations as a regional player’
According to the senior IAF source, “the fight to maintain air superiority is ongoing. We take risks to achieve our missions, and sometimes we pay the price. We understand the strategic context in which we live in, and we learn from our mistakes.”

He described the IAF’s missions of policing the region against the Iranian military buildup and enforcing Israel’s red lines as requiring “complexity, sensitivity, professionalism and determination.”

“This active defense campaign … is something we are doing because we have to be actively defending the State of Israel. It requires us to continually monitor and assess the risks in one of the most dangerous and sensitive places in the world. Why is it so dangerous? Every time you operate, there are operational risks. You can hit stuff you did not want to hit or personnel you did not want to hit. We are only trying to prevent offensive measures that are conducted by Iran.”

The source said it was too soon to know how Iran would respond to recent dramatic events in the Middle East, including the mass Israeli strike on its targets in Syria, America’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and other regional developments, such as election results in Iraq.

“Iran needs to work things out with the world, not just with Israel. We are high on the list, but we are not the only one. Iran has its own aspirations as a regional player. It is expanding its physical forces around the region when its economy is crumbling. Does it make sense? Not to me, but that is its long-range decision,” said the officer.


In confronting Israel directly in Syria, Iran did “not weigh the risks in the right way,” he continued. “I dare say, I think they will change their strategic decisions. It might take six months or a year … everything happening together is pushing Iran back. If I stand in Iran, that’s what I see. I have a feeling they are going to change. The question is: Which way? That, I do not know.”

‘Tunnel-busting’ techniques used for flying over Gaza

When operating over Gaza, the IAF has developed singular “tunnel-busting” techniques, the source said, without providing further details.

Meanwhile, the F-35, which entered service in the IAF last year, is proving itself as a game-changing platform in Israel’s ongoing missions.


“The F-35 is really a remarkable platform. … It has many sensors on it which are very important to conducting missions,” said the source, especially in areas with dense air defenses. “The first thing it brings is situational awareness.”

“The challenges around us are keeping the small F-35 squadron on their toes. They have to move fast,” said the source.

Israel has received nine F-35s so far, and is due to receive a total of 50—two squadrons—in the coming years.


“Our operational temp is very high. It is very hard to explain how intense it is, and how unique our air personnel are when they conduct their operations. They need to understand exactly what is going on, and who is shooting at them,” he stated.

Throughout this complex era, Israel and Russia have succeeded in avoiding unintended clashes. “The Russians know very well that the IDF hasn’t come to attack Russia,” said the source.

At the same time, the arrival of advanced Russian radars in the region means that the IAF has to work harder to remain out of sight.

The IAF has learned to fly in “a way, that we won’t be noticed,” he said. These conditions have “actually made us better. … Things have developed much faster than we thought they would have.”




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Fuzzy Ashkenazim • 12 hours ago

God bless every Service Person in Israel from the top Generals to the Security Guards. Am Yisrael Chai.

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Jeff ML • 10 hours ago

Syria, the IDF is coming for the other half of your air defenses. Iran, are you paying close attention? You're next.

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VictorMC Jeff ML • 10 hours ago

Iran are not going to play with the big boys they will the let the Syrians cop it. (from one Muslim to another) Motormouth with the hair and beard will make speeches. Complete idiot.

If you are dreaming Russia are coming to your rescue- forget it. there are something like 800,000 Russians in Israel.

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Peter • 10 hours ago

Hit 'em HARD, Hit 'em FAST, Hit 'em OFTEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Syria - you're history - just like in the 6 days war.......
Iran - take heed of the message......We'll mess you up.......
LONG LIVE ISRAEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!

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VictorMC Peter • 9 hours ago

Syria, you made a monumental mistake messing with Israel. They are different to you Muslim nutters and ignorant pals.

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Liberal-Free World Order • 10 hours ago

Good, Now destroy the other half--whether it fires at Israel or not.

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lesrun5k Liberal-Free World Order • 10 hours ago

Yes,or the other half will be used against Israel. They are a sworn enemy,they are musslimes,enough said.

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worldwatchers • 10 hours ago

May the Lord God Almighty protect and defend the state of Israel.

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Murray • 10 hours ago

Americans who don’t support Israel frequently condemn the transfer of arms to the Jewish state. The above story illustrates the importance of supplying Israel with such arms, as the enemies of the USA (Iran) become fully aware of what would happen to their own defences if they got too smart.

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DennisBechtel • 10 hours ago

the I.A.F needs to be triple its current size also they need to have some stealth bombers (b-2 spirit)and of course 50 or more f-22's would certainly boost their strike force .may hashem bless and keep every I.D.F member safe .

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Gershon Perry DennisBechtel • 8 hours ago

Lavie would've been great.

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Batman • 8 hours ago

Back to basics. Israel is but a tiny speck of land in the big world. It is always a do or die situation for them so they really have no choice.

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Mel Arbesfeld • 9 hours ago

AS I SAID BEFORE, THE RAG HEADS BETTER SEND MORE BODY BAGS IF THEY TRY TO SCREW
AROUND WITH ISREAL,

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AlfaBravo Mel Arbesfeld • 6 hours ago

Mel, body bags is just unnecessarily huge expense.


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Dadonaldd • 10 hours ago
Mazel tov! Am Y'israel chai!

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Don Spilman • 9 hours ago

I would seriously NOT want the IAF on my tail!!! GOOOOO ISRAEL!!!

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Michel Bouganim • 9 hours ago

Please .......Please finish the job by destroying the other 50% and after that , the next target should be Assad the Tyrant and Assrallah the murderer in Lebanon.

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Min Dona Michel Bouganim • 6 hours ago

You forgot AbbASS.

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Fatu Tielu • 7 hours ago

May God Almighty continues to watch over Israel's Defense Force and all those involved in the defense of Israel and its peope.

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SAWolf • 7 hours ago

For all the naysayers on the F-35, told you so. For ALL adversaries of Freedom, your time will come. The IDF and Allies of America have in this Platform, a System that will alter the Paradigm of Warfare, and YOU don't stand a chance.

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Photobug55 SAWolf • 5 hours ago

Israel needs to teach the American armed forces on how to use the F-35!

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SAWolf Photobug55 • 5 hours ago

It wouldn't be the first time. When I was ingrade,USN, they taught Us to abandon WW II era Alpha Strike Tactics, in favor of the Discrete Strike Package.

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Photobug55 SAWolf • 5 hours ago

I stated this before. I know two now-retired US Marine colonels who underwent desert warfare training in the Negev. They enjoyed the experience, including being trained by the IDF.

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lesrun5k • 10 hours ago

Hello to the great IAF,you destroyed half of the Syrian air defences, now go destroy the half that you say was not used against you because soon they will be used against ISRAEL, they are a sworn enemy ,no trying to play nicey poo with them.This insane policy of destroying only half of the Syrian air defence could come back to bite the IAF in the butt.KILL or be KILLED.

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Mojo • 10 hours ago

Perhaps the F-35 is a pretty good aircraft,
with a few more , the IAF would have done better than only 50%

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18_18 • 10 hours ago

Since Syrians are dumb. When will they allow us to destroy the remaining 50%?

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Peter 18_18 • 10 hours ago

They don't allow us -- WE HELP OURSELVES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DennisBechtel 18_18 • 10 hours ago

probably planning the mission right now and expecting some new American ordinance that will be a battlefield game changer.maybe some newer versions of a b-one a super sonic bomber will be arriving as I write this as 78 are said to be shipped.these are faster than the blackjack or backfire Russian bombers by mach .79,and they will hold barometric binary explosive bombs.and many offensive missles and have stealth mode avionics packages built right into the airframes.

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Photobug55 • 5 hours ago

Good luck , Israel ! The chosen people of God. From history to history , even in biblical times, you are fighting for survival.

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daized79 • 3 hours ago

I'm surprised by the presence of the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Poland, and Italy. These countries have not been exactly friendly to Israel in their words and actions.


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Loraine Fitzpatrick • 4 hours ago

HalleuYah! God Bless and Protect Yisrael! God Bless and Protect the IDF!


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VictorMC • 10 hours ago

If the top item is TRUE. Every air force in the world has approx. 50% of it's aircraft on the ground at all times for servicing and repairs etc etc. Thus, again IF true they are down to zero.


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