Monday, February 19, 2018

Munich Conference - Iranian Reply to Israel

In the frame of growing tensions between Israel and Iran emerging at the Munich Security Conference, Iran now hinted at the possibility that even "invincible" Israel could end up receiving a bloody nose.

It should be noted that Israel's air force made incursions into Syria in 2007 when Israeli fighters destroyed a Syrian nuclear facility and has regularly targeted the neighbouring country since the beginning of the civil war seven years ago. In these missions Israel officially never lost a single plane.

This time, however, the first direct attack on alleged Iranian positions in Syria delivered a different result. The attack of eight Israeli fighters was triggered off by an Iranian drone entering Israeli airspace and which could be seen as a calculated Iranian provocation to put Israel to the test. During the proceedings of an Israeli operation of revenge one of their fighter jets was downed.

وزير خارجية إيران: انهيار"أسطورة (إسرائيل) التي لا تقهر"ـ

Iran's foreign minister: Debacle for "invincible Israel"

قال وزير الخارجية الإيراني محمد جواد ظريف يوم الأحد إن إسقاط طائرة إسرائيلية مقاتلة بعد قصفها موقعا إيرانيا في سوريا حطم ما يقال عن أن إسرائيل "لا تقهر" وذلك في رد على كلمة ألقاها رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي بنيامين نتنياهو في مؤتمر ميونيخ للأمن في وقت سابق يوم الأحد.ـ

On Sunday [Feb. 18] the Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the downing of an Israeli war plane after its shelling of Iranian positions in Syria has demolished what is being said about "invincible" Israel and that is what he replied to the brilliant speech of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier held at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday.

[Source: Swissinfo SWI, Arabic language service, quoting Reuters on February 19, 2018]

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