Israel warns it will attack Russian missiles if used against its planes
Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that his country would attack Russian S-300 air defence systems in Syria if they were used against Israeli targets.The Israelis have been in close communication with the Russians in Syria. This is another example of how they have made it clear what they will not tolerate. Earlier they told the Russians they would topple Assad if he allowed Iran to use Syrian territory for attacking Israel.
His remarks came a day after the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that Moscow could soon start to deliver S-300 systems to its ally Damascus, and cited a source as warning of "catastrophic" consequences if they were attacked.
"What's important to us is that the defensive weapons the Russians are giving Syria won't be used against us," Lieberman told the news website Ynet.
"If they're used against us, we'll act against them."
Russia and Syria signed an accord in 2010 for the S-300 system but the missiles have not been delivered because of Israeli pressure, according to Kommersant.