September 2018 Project: IDF soldiers
Air defense in action
In July, Israel used its David Sling interceptor system ─for the first time─firing two missiles against Syrian tactical ballistic missiles. Those missiles carried a half-ton warhead and were detected by Israel’s aerial defense system when they were fired from south-eastern Syria. The decision to intercept them was made by the IDF when it was believed that their trajectory would see them fall near the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. Both Syrian missiles landed inside Syrian territory, one of them a kilometer from Israel’s border.
Incoming rocket sirens sounded across in northern Israel, first in Safed and later in the Golan Heights and Galilee. Bomb shelters were opened in Safed to provide a sense of security for the residents. David’s Sling is a joint Israeli-US defense project as is also the Patriot Missile System.
Israel, concerned that Iran’s growing presence in Syria poses a threat to its security, has escalated strikes on suspected Iranian and Iran-backed positions in Syria. Therefore, one of Israel’s strikes targeted a major chemical arms production center, causing material damage, but no fatalities. Some of Iran’s military bases are located next to Syria’s own military compounds.
On July 24, Israeli news outlets reported that the Israeli Patriot system had shot down a Syrian fighter jet after it had entered two kilometers into Israeli airspace. As the jet’s remains crashed in Syrian territory, their official statement claimed that the jet had been only on the Syrian side of the border. The IDF is protecting Israel’s territory according to its mission statement:
“To defend the existence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state of Israel. To protect the inhabitants of Israel and to combat all forms of terrorism which threaten the daily life.”
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