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Israel has denied the statement about the downed Russian drone

13 November 2017

"We have proved that before and we will prove it again in the future", Katz said. If it hadn't been for the Russian air support, the Iranian militias wouldn't have expanded and wouldn't have survived defeat. "The ultimate political solution to the conflict must be forged through the Geneva process" under United Nations resolutions. The U.S. official said additional agreements with Jordan had strengthened one zone in the south.

The Israeli Army said it had shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday.

Like the rest of the region's countries, Israel underestimated Iran's infiltration of Syria.

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"The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) intercepted a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) that attempted to infiltrate Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights using a Patriot missile", the statement read. Both Iranian and Hezbollah forces have been backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.

Israel sees Hezbollah as an advanced Iranian battalion that's part of the conflict over influence in the Middle East and which is nurtured by the expected agreement to stop fighting in Syria while accepting the Iranians' presence there.

Satellite maps, published recently, show how Iran is establishing small military bases that extend from the suburbs in southern Damascus to Golan, not to mention military gatherings, which the Lebanese party Hezbollah established in other posts in Syria. Meanwhile, Iran and Israel are preparing for the next phase. Previous Israeli wars were launched against Hezbollah according to how much the party has piled up weapons and expanded - nearly every ten years.

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The incident is a " part of this ballistic activity of Iran in the region, which is not covered by the [nuclear] deal ", Macron told the Times.

"We hold the Syrian regime responsible for any firing or breach of sovereignty and call on it to hold back all players active in its territory", Lieberman said in a statement. "We will not allow the establishment of a Shiite front on our border".

Information for this article was contributed by Ilya Arkhipov, Nick Wadhams and Natasha Doff of Bloomberg News; and by staff members of The Associated Press.

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Israel has denied the statement about the downed Russian drone