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Russian jets in Syrian skies sometimes cross into Israeli air space.

Israeli-Russian understandings allow Russian jets to fly over Israeli air space and implicitly let the Israeli Air Force bomb weapons headed from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon, according to Amos Gilad, senior IDF Reserve officer and director of the Defense Minister’s political-security department.

The previously reported here last month that Russia and Israel have maintained highly secret weekly talks for cooperation that allow both countries air forces to take actions without interference from the other side.


Russia often crosses into Israeli air space while bombing Islamic State (ISIS) and Syrian rebel sites, and Israel last week reportedly bombed Syria to prevent the flow of Iranian weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Russian president Vladimir Putin said last week that relations with Israel are “excellent.”

The coordination is aimed at preventing an incident such as Turkey’s downing a Russian jet earlier jet last week, an incident that has severely damaged relations between the two countries.

Gilad said on Saturday:

Russian pilots sometimes cross into Israeli air space. Thanks to excellent security coordination, which began with the meeting between Netanyahu and Putin, limits were drawn up.

The IDF and the Russia army agreed on security priorities. If there is an incident of infiltration, we know what to do and how to prevent incidents what would cause indecision.

Freedom of action is preserved for the Air Force to prevent Iranian weapons from getting into the hands of Hezbollah.

As for the Turkish downing of the Russian jet, Gilad said that President Recep Erdoğan “has every reason to be sorry” for the action.

Gilad also said that Syria is a “dead country” and that President Bashar al-Assad “collects his salary but does not control the country except for perhaps one-quarter of Syria.


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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


  1. U know STALIN exterminated Jews too not just Muslims of the empire.There has been a lot off silencing of that genocide ..Would they let the Klu Klux Klan/Nazi party have privileges now? Are they doing this because they are run by the British as a colony?Neither the Britsh nor the Russian make good friends ;Long live the American revolution and the Cold war.I think Turkey can shoot them down again.

  2. I want to see Russia and Israel as buddies and both waging war against the ISIS. It is a very wise thing to see and to be involved with. Trust is the number one thing each has for each other. This is a very good development. they are both attempting to help each other!

  3. Hannes Coetzee, Israel has only one thing in mind to keep and that is peace in the middle east, so don't be so closed-minded by sucking up to the muslim ideals by saying the Golan area was stolen – It was Israel that was stolen in the first place and Jews were given the right of return.

  4. Russia and Israel (much to the disgust of other “leaders”) have leaders with personal experience in conflict and war. Most Western leaders are sitting back hoping the other “few” will do the dirty work. Being “soft and confused” at a time of war costs more lives and prolongs the inevitable.

  5. The Obama Administration tried to push Israel away, and succeeded. You could say it is Obama's one success in the Middle East. Now Israel has moved closer to Russia, while the U.S. has lost a tremendous amount of trust and influence in the Middle East that took decades to build.

  6. Hannes Coetzee, if Syria or any other Arab country, after engaging in an armed conflict with Israel, had captured a part of Israel, do you think they would return the area to Israeli control. For the most part the Arab countries, with the possible exception of Egypt and Jordan, have spent nearly 70 years trying to destroy Israel militarily, economically, and now in the eyes of public opinion. Seems like you are a believer of the latter and should really turn your crap detector on and make sure it is working properly.

  7. Our country is no better. Did you forget how many babies are aborted? How about all the test done and being done on Americans! The nukes on Japan and 80% of our country can’t understand what their reading. Don’t forget the war on Christians in this country!

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