A departing IDF commander has warned that Lebanon will pay the price for Hezbollah’s potential cross-border attack in israel and weighed in on the deliveries of Russian-made S-300 air defence systems to Syria.
When asked how the Russian S-300 missile defence batteries delivered to Syria could affect “Israel’s freedom”, the outgoing head of the IDF Northern Command, General Yoel Strick, told Ynet News that if the systems are used against Israeli jets, the country’s forces would “remove the threat”.
“We will introduce advanced weapons systems into the area but israel has an excellent Air Force. I will not go into detail of our options, but if the Syrians employ Russian S-300s against our planes, and we take them out, it will be seen as a legitimate move on our part. I see that happening though I hope we don’t get to that. But of our freedom of movement is threatened we will remove the threat. We know how to do that”, he said.
The departing IDF commander then claimed that Israel will win any conflict against enemies to the north, suggesting that Lebanese movement Hezbollah is still plotting to infiltrate the north of Israel, but that Israeli forces would foil those alleged plans.
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