"The United States is deeply concerned about today's escalation of violence over Israel's border and strongly supports Israel's sovereign right to defend itself", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement, according to Reuters. To supplement these warnings, Israel has attacked numerous unmanned Iranian facilities in Syria in recent months, most notably this past December.
The IDF has released footage showing the Iranian drone infiltrating Israeli airspace and the IDF's response. Previously, Iranian proxies like Hezbollah and Hamas have used Iranian-provided resources to target Israel, but this escalation was a direct operation by the Iranian military against Israeli territory.
The two pilots of one F-16 ejected before it crashed in the Galilee region in northern Israel.
"We heard a big explosion and then sirens".
Israeli planes frequently attack targets in Syria.
Flights at Tel Aviv's worldwide airport were briefly halted, but the area was quiet by mid-afternoon. "It is their most advanced drone and they did not expect our radar to detect its penetration into our territory", an unnamed senior Israeli defense official told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, a day after the infiltration. Notably, Hezbollah declared the downing of the Israeli jet marked the start of a "new strategic phase". Because the worldwide circumstances will not allow neither Israel nor Iran to change radically the regional balance of power as they like it.
Conricus says that in response Israel destroyed the Iranian site in central Syria that launched it. According to Abdulrahman al-Rashed, former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel, "Iran's control over Lebanon enabled it to take over Syria by using Hezbollah which it nurtured to be its regional power". It will have serious implications, as Netanyahu has warned that Israel will continue its attacks in Syria. Even if one of the belligerents wins this war on the battlefield, neither of them can win at the negotiation table that would appear afterwards.
Pentagon spokesman, Maj. Adrian J. Rankine-Galloway, said "We share the concerns of many throughout the region that Iran's destabilizing activities threaten worldwide peace and security, and we seek greater global resolve in countering Iran's malign activities". "We will continue to do whatever is necessary to protect our sovereignty and our security". Israel also has accused Iran of planning to build precision-guided missile factories in Lebanon. Iran, and Russian Federation against a coalition of Kurdish and Arab rebels backed by the #United States and an alliance of moderate Arab states. But its presence comes at the backdrop of two other interventions, by Russian Federation and Turkey, which further complicate the situation for the US.
Tensions have also spiked across the frontier between Israel and Lebanon over Israeli plans for a border wall, and Lebanese plans to exploit an offshore energy block which is partly located in disputed waters.
Each party wants to maximize its interests and minimize the influence of its rivals by putting as few of its own soldiers at risk and instead fighting for its goals through air power, mercenaries and local rebels.
They do tolerate Israel's airstrikes as well as Iranian activities in Syria, but they are trying to avoid taking sides.
There has been an uneasy stand-off since a ceasefire deal that followed another war in 1973, with United Nations observer forces manning a buffer zone between the two armies.
The Trump administration claimed Israel's attack on Syria was an act of self-defense.