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July 24, 2013 12:24 pm

Official: Israel Prepared to Defend Against S-300 Missiles if Russia Delivers Weapons to Syria

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IDF soldier participating in a military drill in the Golan Heights, simulating a battle on Israel's northeastern border. Photo: IDF.

An Israeli official has disclosed that the country is prepared to deal with the threat posed by the powerful S-300 air defense missile system promised by Russia to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, should Russian President Putin deliver on its promise to supply it, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

Brig.-Gen. Eitan Eshel, head of research and development for the Israel Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, said the IDF had access to technological solutions – both operational and under development – to the threat posed by the Russian S-300 air defense system.

Moscow has vowed to deliver on a contract it signed with the Syrian regime long before a civil war broke out in the country.

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Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil said after a meeting Monday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow that plans to receive the S-300 delivery were still in place.

“All agreements between Russia and Syria in the area of arms deliveries are in place,” the Syrian deputy prime minister said.

Israel fears that the anti-aircraft system could make it more difficult to halt the transfer of chemical weapons from Syria to terrorist groups, and make it more difficult to end a conflict that has already left 100,000 dead.

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