On Monday, a Russian recon aircraft carrying 15 servicemen was destroyed by friendly fire off the Syrian coast; the incident coincided with an Israeli attack on targets in Syria. Following the disaster, Russia’s Ministry of Defense accused israel of “irresponsible action” and of using the aircraft as a shield against Syrian anti-aircraft systems.
The destruction of a Russian warplane en route to Hmeimim Airbase from a reconnaissance mission by Syrian friendly fire has made international headlines this week. The tragedy has drawn controversial reactions in the mass media, including in Israel; some local outlets don’t rule out a “complex stratagem” plotted by the Israeli military, while others blame the incident entirely on the Assad forces.
In an op-ed piece for The Jerusalem Post, Seth Frantzman blames the incident on the lack of communication between those involved in the Syrian conflict. However, he claimed there was a sense in the statement that israel could have intentionally created a “complex stratagem” near Latakia to confuse the Syrian military. He cited Moscow’s allegations that Israel had given Russian an advance warning just one minute before the attack, which didn’t give the IL-20 time to descend and land at the Russian airbase.
He concluded that the Latakia incident had posed a risk to the “delicate balance” between Israel and Moscow in Syria. “The death…