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View from the control tower at Ben Gurion International Airport

The Russian military establishment in Syria has started to jam GPS systems in Israeli airspace, endangering the safety of incoming flights landing in Israel.

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The activity is causing disruptions in the navigation systems of aircraft and planes that are landing at Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod.

Although Israel asked the Russians to stop its jamming activities, Russia has refused to do so, according to a report Monday by Israel’s Kan 11 News public broadcaster, claiming it was a “defensive action.”

The activity began following an IDF attack this weekend on Iranian assets near Damascus. Moscow claims the jamming is a defensive action, according to the report.

There has been no response from Israel’s Defense Ministry to a request by JewishPress.com for a comment on the situation.

Russia is a strong ally of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, and that of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and it appears Moscow has decided to flex its muscles to teach Israel a lesson.

Iran is dedicated to the annihilation of the Jewish State and is working to increase its military presence in Syria, across Israel’s northern border, while also strengthening its Lebanese proxy terror group, Hezbollah.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.