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"The Sling of David" was taken to Moscow ": how Israel lost a rocket

Israel lost in Syria its latest anti-ballistic missile “David Sling” in July last year. Israeli media write that the missile was allegedly handed over by the Syrian authorities to the Russian military, who took it to Moscow for study. Israel and the United States asked Russia to return the rocket. However, Moscow did not answer this call. This information has not yet received official confirmation.

"The Sling of David" was taken to Moscow ": how Israel lost a rocket

The Russian military in Syria took possession of the modern Israeli missile defense “David Sling”, which was lost after an unsuccessful launch in July last year, reports Haaretz.
The rocket was fired from Israeli territory, but due to a technical error, it fell in Syria without an explosion. Soon she was transferred by the Syrian government forces to the Russian military, who took her to Moscow for study.

According to media sources familiar with the situation, Israel and the United States asked Russia to return the rocket. However, Moscow did not answer this call. The official departments of none of the countries have confirmed this information.

At the same time, it is reported that the missiles were intended to bring down missiles fired from Syria from the Russian tactical complex of the Tochka division.

The Israeli army calculated that the missiles were sent to their territory, and waited until the last moment to launch anti-missiles. After launching the Shield of David, the computers of the Israeli air defense battery determined that Syrian missiles were not dangerous to Israel.

At this point, one of the interceptor missiles sent a signal to self-destruct. Since then, one of the missiles has been lost.

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his 70th birthday in a telephone conversation and discussed with him the situation in Syria, as well as a number of pressing bilateral issues.

Putin last talked to Netanyahu when the Israeli prime minister arrived in Sochi on October 12.

During that meeting, the Russian president said that he attached particular importance to the interaction of the Russian Federation and Israel in the field of security.

“I’ll tell you frankly, I’m not afraid of this, largely thanks to your efforts, our relations have acquired a new quality in security issues, through military cooperation,” the Russian head of state addressed Netanyahu, opening negotiations in Sochi.

Putin called this interaction very important.

Soon Netanyahu told reporters that direct contact with the Russian president prevented a clash between Israel and Russia in Syria. According to him, the conflict was almost inevitable "against the backdrop of a contradiction between the tasks of the Russian Aerospace Forces and our military operations during the operation in Syria."

In July, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the Israeli air force’s actions against Syria threatened the stability of the region. According to her, the escalation of the situation around Israeli attacks in Syria is of concern to Moscow. The diplomat also added that Israel is grossly violating the sovereignty of Syria.

A month earlier, Michael Peck, a columnist for The National Interest, an American analytical publication, estimated the likelihood of Israeli airstrikes against Syria provoking a war between Russia and Israel.

The material noted that Israel still intends to strike at Iranian forces in Syria in order to keep Tehran away from its northern border. At the same time, Russia has thousands of troops on Syrian territory that could be caught in the crossfire. Currently, Israel and Russia do not seek such a confrontation.

And yet, Israeli policy suggests that everything necessary will be done to expel Iranian forces from Syria. And if the Russian side does not like it, this is the price that needs to be paid to make sure that Syria does not turn into another Iranian missile base near Israel, says Peck.

Relations between Israel and Russia are warmer than during the Cold War. At first glance, they seem friendly, there is a desire for cooperation, but behind the smiles are wariness, suspicion and a clash of fundamental interests, detailed in the article.

According to the representative of the Israel Defense Forces, the country has only one ally and this is the United States. The Russian side is present in the region for completely different purposes, FAN reports. However, Israel appreciates the Russian side as one of the levers of influence on Iran.

Russia has been in Syria for a long time, and Israel will prefer to have Russians, and not Iranians, close by. At the same time, Israel is not going to abandon its plans in the region and is ready to fight for its “freedom of action,” the NSN reports.

The representative of the Israel Defense Forces is more concerned not with the “physical clash” between Russia and Israel, but with the support that the Russian side can provide to Syria and Iran with the supply of modern weapons, Peck assured.

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