The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Friday confirmed its first operational use of the advanced Arrow missile defense system, which it said was used to shoot down a Syrian anti-aircraft missile that was sacked at an Israeli jet.
Syria fired missiles at Israeli warplanes early on Friday after a series of Israeli air strikes inside Syria.
"However, the exceptional events forced the Israeli army to release an unprecedented statement in which it acknowledged it carried out strikes against Syrian targets and that it had intercepted missiles fired by the Syrian air defense system", Amir said.
The report did not state whether it was in reference to yesterday's airstrike or other airstrikes allegedly conducted by Israel in Syria.
The skies over Syria are now crowded, with Russian and Syrian aircraft backing the regime's forces and a US-led coalition striking Isis and al-Qaida targets. Israel officials were quoted as saying. Late previous year, IDF troops operating in the disputed Golan region came under fire from militants of the ISIS affiliate Khalid ibn al-Walid Army, Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said.
"The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation", Liberman said on Israel Radio.
Days after the Syrian army claimed to have downed an Israeli jet, Israel's defense minister on Sunday threatened to "destroy" Syrian air defense systems in case of any future encounters. "Every time we identify a transfer like this, we will work to prevent the transfer of game-changing weapons".
"Israel does not usually confirm or deny individual raids, but it may have been led to do so this time by the circumstances of the incident", Israeli global news TV channel i24 News reported on the issue.
After Arrow missile system was delivered to the Israel Air Force in 2000, Israel became the first country with the ability to protect itself against ballistic missile threats.
Following the war, Israel began developing the Golan, freeing farmers in the Hula Valley from daily Syrian sniper fire.
According to the nrg news site, the strikes were against targets affiliated with Hezbollah, possibly on a weapons shipment to the Shiite terrorist group, which is based in Lebanon but is fighting in Syria alongside Assad's forces against rebels and Sunni militants.